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Shikumen Finchley Road Officially Opens Today

Shikumen NW3

We are delighted to announce Shikumen are officially launching their third restaurant in Finchley road today following a period of menu tasting and staff training. New menu items have been specially designed to celebrate their new opening including:

– Robata grilled dishes including Beef with Crunchy Chilli, Garlic and Sesame Seeds, Grilled Cauliflower with Black Sesame Truffle Sauce and Scallop Wrapped in Smoked Bacon with Miso Herb Butter.
– Four new Dim Sum platters (including one vegetarian) have been added to offer diners a more flexible way of trying Shikumen’s most popular Dim Sum dishes priced at £10.90, £15.90, £18.90 and £22.90 (dishes below).
– Crispy Grilled Eel & Seaweed Cheung Fun has been made a permanent dish on their menu following it’s success as a temporary special in their Shepherd’s Bush location.

Below you can find more details on location, opening hours, covers, menu details and quotes from previous reviews of their Shepherd’s Bush location.

If you would like further information on Shikumen Finchley Roadplease do not hesitate to contact Krista Booker

Address:
Shikumen Finchley Road
255 Finchley Rd
London
NW3 6LU

Opening Hours:
Monday – Saturday: 11.30 – 23:00
Sunday: 11.30 – 23:00

Covers:
80 including stool seating at full-height window overlooking Finchley Road

Menu Items:
Dim Sum Platters:
Vegetarian Dim Sum Platter (£10.90 p/p): Cong Mushrooms Dumpling, Steamed Vegetable Dumpling, Vegetarian Spring Rolls, Vegetable Shanghai Dumpling,  Three Style Mushroom Cheung Fun, Grilled Tenderstem Broccoli, Grilled Cauliflower.
Shikumen Dim Sum Platter (£15.90 p/p): Har Gau, Prawn Siu Mai with Pork, Crispy Aromatic Duck Roll, Baked Venison Puff, Curry Chicken Katsu on Rice.
Shikumen Dim Sum Platter  (£18.90 p/p) : Pumpkin Seafood Dumpling, Crabmeat and Prawn Dumpling, Scallop Siu Mai Topped with Tobiko, Chinese Chive Prawn Dumpling, Cong Mushrooms Dumpling, Prawn Cheung Fun, Phoenix Sesame Prawn on Toast, Crispy Aromatic Duck Roll, Golden Seafood Roll, Chilled Mango Pudding.
Shikumen Dim Sum Platter (£22.90 p/p) : Roasted Duck Bun, Pumpkin Seafood Dumpling, Crabmeat and Prawn Dumpling, Scallop Siu Mai Topped with Tobiko, Chinese Chive Prawn Dumpling, Mixed Vegetables in Teriyaki Sauce, Chicken Meatballs in Teriyaki Sauce, Miso marinated Salmon with Teriyaki Sauce, Baked Venison Puff, Golden Seafood Roll, Black Sesame Ball in Ginger Tea.
Dim Sum Menu: http://tinyurl.com/ShikumenDimSum
Robata Menu: http://tinyurl.com/ShikumenRobata
Full Menu: http://tinyurl.com/ShikumenMenus

Quotes:
Evening Standard – Fay Maschler:
“Xiao Long Bao are a test of the skill of a dumpling chef and here they were delicately pleated, surely at least 18 times, lusciously drenched in stock, superb.”
The Times – Giles Coren:
“I rolled the dumpling into a spoon, nipped it with my teeth and drank the hot, rich stock…the soup dumpling was delicious”
Time Out London
***** (5 stars)
“Exquisitely steamed, baked, and fried dishes ranging from classic har gau and xiao long bao to more sophisticated items such as scallop siu mai topped with tobiko and cheung fun filled with prawn and beancurd skin. The latter was a revelation, each mouthful exploding into a sensual mix of sweet, briny flavours and crisp textures”
Mail on Sunday – Tom Parker-Bowles:
“The great xiao long bao, whose beautiful broth is only just contained by…miraculously thin pastry”
Financial Times – Nicholas Lander:
“We were here for the Peking Duck and the Dim Sum – and neither disappointed”

About Shikumen:
Michelin Bib Gourmand awarded Chinese fine-dining restaurant has a large flagship located in the Dorsett Hotel on Shepherd’s Bush Green (2014), a second smaller location in Ealing (2014) and now their third in Finchley Road (2016). Shikumen is so called after the traditional Shanghai stone house architecture of the 1940s whose stone gatehouses were influenced by Western traders as they made their way to the gateway to the East.

Links:
www.shikumen.co.uk
https://www.facebook.com/ShikumenUK
https://twitter.com/ShikumenUK
http://instagram.com/shikumenuk
http://uk.pinterest.com/shikumenuk

Shikumen Launches Selection of Coloured Xiao Long Bao

Shikumen Bao

We are proud to announce the launch of the new selection of coloured Xiao Long Bao (soup dumplings) at Shikumen, Shepherd’s Bush.

Shikumen’s XLB, also known Shanghai dumplings, have fast become their signature dim sum dish following praise from critics across the board. Fay Maschler wrote “Xiao Long Bao are a test of the skill of a dumpling chef and here they were delicately pleated, surely at least 18 times, lusciously drenched in stock, superb.” Giles Coren; “I rolled the dumpling into a spoon, nipped it with my teeth and drank the hot, rich stock…the soup dumpling was delicious” and Tom Parker-Bowles; “the great xiao long bao, whose beautiful broth is only just contained by…miraculously thin pastry”.

Now guests at the Shanghainese restaurant can try a new selection of four naturally-coloured varieties with individual fillings:

Yellow (coloured with carrot); Chicken and Cheese filling
Green (coloured with spinach); Crab filling
Pink (coloured with beetroot); Szechuan Spicy Pork filling
Black (coloured with bamboo charcoal); Lobster and Truffle
Diners can order a 5-piece selection to try one of each colour including the original Xiao Long Bao with Minced Pork.

If you would like further information on Shikumen’s new offering
please do not hesitate to contact Krista Booker

Coloured XLB & Pricing:
Yellow (coloured with carrot); Chicken and Cheese filling (£6.20)
Green (coloured with spinach); Crab filling (£7.80)
Pink (coloured with beetroot); Szechuan Spicy Pork filling (£6.20)
Black (coloured with bamboo charcoal); Lobster and Truffle (£8.80)
Diners can order a 5-piece selection of each colour (including the original Xiao Long Bao with Minced Pork) and this is priced at £12.80.

About Shikumen:
Shikumen is an affordable Chinese fine-dining restaurant with a large flagship located in the Dorsett Hotel on Shepherd’s Bush Green now in it’s second year of trading with a second smaller location in Ealing’s Hotel Xanadu.

Since opening Shikumen has received encouraging reviews online such as “(I) have been here three times now, what an amazing restaurant!…The duck is to die for, honestly the best Chinese in London”, “This is proper food, beautifully cooked, elegantly presented” and “If there is a better Chinese restaurant in this part of west London, I have yet to find it”.

Shikumen has also received positive praise from The Evening Standard (Fay Maschler), The Times (Giles Coren), The Financial Times (Nicolas Lander), The Mail on Sunday (Tom Parker-Bowles), Timeout (5 stars) and they have been awarded the Michelin Bib Gourmand award for outstanding food at a reasonable price.

Shikumen is so called after the traditional Shanghai stone house architecture of the 1940s whose stone gate houses were the gateway to the East. Ingredients are carefully sourced to bring diners produce of the highest quality served for exceptional value for money and you will see this reflected in the pricing of signature dishes such as Peking Duck carved at the table and served in two servings (whole £48.50 half £26.50) and the homemade dim sum such as Shanghai Xiao Long Bao (£5.20), Fried Dough Stick Cheung Fun (£4.50) and Cream Custard Bun (£3.80).

Shikumen Shepherd’s Bush Address:
Shikumen Shepherd’s Bush
Dorsett Hotel
58 Shepherd’s Bush Green
London
W12 8QE

Shikumen Receive Michelin’s Bib Gourmand for 2016

Exterior

Shikumen is one of only five restaurants in London to be awarded Michelin’s Bib Gourmand for 2016. The Bib Gourmand, which recognises both good quality and value of food, is awarded to places officially considered to offer ‘good quality, good value cooking’.

We certainly like the sound of good quality food at good value prices, and it is a relief to know that the Bib Gourmand helps to rule out the the unfortunate restaurant visits where good quality food is met with disgraceful prices.

We think that Shikumen is top notch but it’s always great to know that other people agree with us.

Here are our favourite dishes from the menu:

Peking Duck (of course!)
Lobster the Baked with Chilli and Garlic
Jumbo Scallops with XO Sauce
Xiao Long Bao
Chicken Taro Puffs
Fried Dough Cheung Fun
Soft Shell Crab with Almond Butter Sauce (this *could* be our favourite dish on the a la carte menu)
Black Cod in Champagne Sauce
Stir-fried Prawns with Pumpkin and Salted Egg Yolk
Chicken Koushui Ji (there are plans to take this off the menu so try it soon!)
Braised Pork Belly served with Chinese Buns (mainly because of the amazing baos made in-house)
For dessert make sure you try the Ginger Tea with Sesame Balls. It’s amazing.

Want to try some of these dishes yourself? Book here: shikumen.co.uk/shepherds-bush/book

Congratulations to the front of house, Chefs, kitchen team and management at Shikumen who have all contributed to this brilliant recognition and also to L’Amorosa, Blixen, Taberna do Mercado and Dehesa who were also awarded the Bib.

Shikumen Launch Party

Shikumen Launch Invite

Shikumen Restaurants is a new affordable Chinese fine-dining option for London with a large flagship restaurant located in The Dorsett Hotel on Shepherd’s Bush Green and a second smaller location in Ealing’s Hotel Xanadu.

Shikumen Restaurants hosted a Launch Party held on Chinese New Year (19th February) welcoming local business owners, loyal customers, journalists, family and friends to their Shepherd’s Bush restaurant.

Fourteen Ten assisted by inviting the media and local business owners to the party which we are pleased to say was a full house. The premise of Chinese New Year is to spend time with your family and friends, feast on symbolic food and take part in traditional activities to bring luck, prosperity and happiness. Our party followed this theme along with some amazing food sculptures, live pancake making, prizes to encourage social media sharing as well as beautiful personalised tea gifts and red envelopes to take home.

Since opening Shikumen has received encouraging reviews online such as “(I) have been here three times now, what an amazing restaurant!…The duck is to die for, honestly the best Chinese in London”, “This is proper food, beautifully cooked, elegantly presented” and “If there is a better Chinese restaurant in this part of west London, I have yet to find it”.

Shikumen is so called after the traditional Shanghai stone house architecture of the 1940s that blended east and west. The restaurant continues this tradition to blend the two cultures of east and west by presenting traditional dishes in an refined western way. Ingredients are carefully sourced to bring diners produce of the highest quality served for exceptional value for money and you will see this reflected in the pricing of signature dishes such as Peking Duck carved at the table and served in two servings (whole £48.50 half £26.50), Shanghai Xiao Long Bao (£3.50), Fried Dough Stick Cheung Fun (£4.20) and Turnip Puff Pastry (£3.80).