where you need to eat right now

Chinese food in London tends to go one of two ways. Salty, spicy, slap-in-the-face dude food a la Bar Shu, or dainty, delicate caresses of high-end dim sum like Shikumen or HKK. If you want a guy who can do both, go to XU. The sister restaurant of the sisters who brought us Bao (still the original and best version of the milk bun in the city), XU is in fact an ode to the cuisine of Taipei. To that end, the gorgeous lush fit out harks back to the luxe of a colonial tea room and there are tea-based cocktails, plus an extensive list of after-dinner teas to match. Dishes like Chicken Wing with Sanbei Glaze and Caviar are utterly dude-alicious. While Tomato and Smoked eel feels like something they cooked up with Alain Passard in a collab kitchen. Get a guy who can do both. Book a table at XU.