Chinese summer specials to have you bouncing with delight

by John Whelan

Ping Pong

Festival Terrace

Southbank Centre

London SE1 8XX

Tel 0207 960 4160


Ahugely popular branch of the Chinese restaurant chain sits at the heart of the South Bank.

Its core customers are theatregoers, sightseers and millennials.

The outside covered area is a plus for rainy days while the buzz of the restaurant helps mask the noise of trains overhead.

The mainstay of Ping Pong is dim sum and small delicacies like dumplings, prawn ball and duck spring rolls. My companion said they were as delicious as they were messy – until that is you have mastered the technique for eating them.

There’s also a huge choice of rice, noodles, soups and salads to satisfy any taste. Ping Pong is currently running a selection of summer specials including seaweed salad, tamarind duck salad, and soy ginger salad. For those feeling less adventurous, there are set menus from £13.95.

Among the dishes my companion sampled were chicken and cashew nut dumplings and pork and prawn shu mai, washed down with a large glass of white wine for £6.95.

I pushed the boat out with a large glass of red for £13.90. Nevertheless the whole meal for two came to a very reasonable £45.62, with a Ping Pong loyalty card. With service at 12.5 per cent this is around £25 a head, including drinks.

Ping Pong is exemplary for its easy ordering system in which you can fill out the choice yourself or ask the courteous staff to guide you. Unlike some other places on the South Bank, service is rapid with no long waiting times. What more could you want?

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