Haozhan is a Chinese restaurant smack-bang in the middle of Chinatown in Soho, London. It’s a funny little place, wedged between a Chinese supermarket, and surrounded with traditional Chinese restaurants at all sides. We ended up choosing this restaurant over the others because it looked less traditional than others – sure, there were the classic, must-have paper lanterns, but it also looked modern, with a feel not entirely unlike the Bar Room Bar diagonally across the road – simple but modern furnishings, funky tunes (Manu Chao, Lamb, Aim, Rae and Christian and that ilk), friendly staff, and a great location.
The restaurant markets itself with ‘modern oriental dining’, which is a pretty good Ronseal approach to an explanation. The wine menu was small but well-chosen, they have a delicious selection of teas, but it’s the food which really sets the place apart. (more…)