A no-frills Hong Kong-style diner that fills your belly without emptying your wallet
Longji’s brightly lit dining area spreads over several floors, all with HK-pop playing unobtrusively. The menu is long, and includes western-style dishes (such as borscht). One-dish meals are the highlight for cheap eats: two barbecued meats on steamed rice (£6.50), for instance, or fried rice or noodles with a great range of toppings. Many lunchers will be happy with ‘hawker soup noodles’ at prices ranging from £6.20 to £7.20: choose your noodles and toppings (from a list of 20) and slurp down the sizeable portion (in excellent broth) with chilli sauce on the side. The clientele is almost entirely Chinese, and the dumplings (a nice small starter) are well made.
Meal for two with drinks and service: around £25
Best dish under £5: prawn dumplings (£3.60)
Best dish under £7: hawker soup noodles (£6.20)
47-49 Charing Cross Road
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