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Wulumuchi, Chinatown, London

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Wulumuchi, Chinatown, London

limster | Mar 25, 2012 03:18 PM

A new Xinjiang-styled restaurant, from the same group that runs Leong's Legends et al. Located on Lisle Street, next to Tao Tao Ju.

Lamb skewers were tender, and amply spiced, suitably doused with cumin, what seemed like fennel, and chilli flakes. Quite similar to the version at Manchurian Legends. Except that's there's a wedge of lemon for a sour counterpoint, a lightly grilled long green chilli pepper, similar to some of those at Turkish grills. Also comes with a weird salad -- lettuce, onions, rocket, shredded carrot with a decent dressing with occasional raisins. And 2 kinds of flat bread, a thin flappy version and a thicker dense one, both of which were neutral and somewhat inert. Also comes with a range of sauces - yogurt, a sweetish chilli sauce probably more at home in a Cantonese place, hoisin, and a chive sauce. Basic and nothing special, certainly pales in comparison to the spectacular sauces at Royal Palace in Rotherhithe.

The stir fry of wood ear fungus and lily buds was pretty good, textures more or less right, a nuacned gloss of oil, vinegar and soy sauce. A few strands of the lily buds had some twig-ish bits that should have been removed, but otherwise not a big deal.

Noticed a row of rotisserie chickens next to the grill and seemed enticing.

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