Jay Rayner Review (from the Observer)
Review by Jay Rayner:
There are rules. We know what they are. Never eat in a restaurant on a boat. The management will assume you are so thrilled by the whole floaty-boaty thing that the food will be an afterthought. Never eat in a revolving restaurant. The same applies. And never eat in a restaurant where the menu has pictures. They are aimed at mouth-breathers who find those pesky words a little too complicated. You can guarantee that a restaurant pitched at the very lowest common denominator will never feed you well
Islington Gazette Review
Reviews by Islington Gazette
In London, it’s generally overshadowed by Cantonese food, but all that could be about to change with the opening of Yipin China – a new restaurant in Liverpool Road, Islington.
Yipin claim to have one of the top two Hunan chefs in the country – Mingyaun Geng.
Yipin is Liverpool Road’s newest restaurant
They also say they use no MSG, common in much Chinese cooking, as Geng is skilful enough to draw the flavours out naturally.
TimeOut Review (4 out of 5)
The Sichuanese fad that hit London a few years ago opened the way for other regional styles, such as the heartier, bolder food of Hunan. Hunan dishes can now be found on the menu at Ba Shan in Soho, but also at this excellent new outpost in Islington.
Those who balk in the face of chilli heat can find comfort in Hunan’s delicious smoked meats and fish, or in the Chairman’s beloved red-braised pork, one of a variety of stews fragrant with spices that also typify the south-central province’s cuisine.
Yipin China’s chef Geng, a native of Hunan, makes no concessions for Western tastes, boldly opening the Hunan section of the well-illustrated menu with dry-wok-cooked duck’s tongues, and continuing with all manner of fowl feet and innards. Offerings from Sichuan are similarly authentic. Chilli- and offal-averse diners would do better to stick to the clearly labelled Cantonese section, which features subtler, sweeter, seafood-heavy dishes.
We came back! We met you + your brother, the chef, when we came the first night you were open. The food was wonderfull tonight. We brought 4 more people and we’ll tell everyone.
Adam Posen – MPC Committee member @ Bank of England
This place is friggin’ fantastic – amazing food, great service, and they’re about to open a Karaoke room downstairs (whoohooo!).
We ordered a ton of stuff; it was great that we had a Chinese friend with us, who helped us order the good stuff
What he had:
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Finally Angel has a decent Chinese restaurant.
The menu was more Hunanese than anything else with a pleasing range of dishes from nicely done common dishes (such as Kung Po Chicken) to more obscure (man-and-wife offal) all of which was decent, flavoursome and much, much more than generic “Chinese” of Young’s, etc.
They were still playing the Italian music from the restaurant’s previous owners but we were too busy concentrating on the food to notice. The bill was under £20 per person too which made it surprisingly cheap.