When you have lived in Asia for 8 years , good Asian food can be hard to come by. When I heard Poon’s were doing a pop up restaurant in London, I had to visit, and with literally one day to spare before the pop up closed I managed to visit and taste the Poon legacy with my good friend Natasha and our boys.
Poon’s has had a re brand for 2018 by the very talented and a dear friend of mine, Louise Hill, another reason I had to visit. The decor reminded me of colonial Asia back in the day! Beautifully decorated in soft hues of pink and blue with grey marble tables, not your traditional Chinese decor. The walls are adorned with original artwork by Louise Hill who currently resides in Singapore. Delicate Chinese paper lanterns hang from the ceilings and exquisite hand painted tea flasks sit in a row standing proud.
Simple modern decor
Paper lanterns hang from the ceiling
Original artwork by Louise Hill adorns the walls
For those of you who do not know the Poon family name and their legacy , Amy Poon’s father trained with a Swiss pâtissier in Hong Kong. The family moved to England in the mid sixties. Disappointed with the Chinese food in the Uk , Amy’s parents opened their first restaurant in 1973, serving traditional home cooked Chinese food. Three years later they opened the iconic Poons of Covent Garden, where the rich and famous dined. Amy’s parents retired in 2006.
Poon’s of London the pop up was opened by Amy at the beginning of 2018 and did close its doors this May, but this is not the last you will hear of Poon’s as Amy is looking for a permanent location for the iconic Poon’s Restaurant.
The menu is not extensive but sits true to the Poon legacy of traditional Chinese home cooked food. We had Vegetarian Spring rolls, Wontons tossed in red chilli oil , Poon’s wind dried bacon San Choy Bau, Poon’s 1973 classic Claypot Rice with Poon’s Salumi &
Wind-dried Bacon and I had Dan Dan noodles which were delicious and full of sesame flavour!
As I am a vegetarian I cannot comment on the meat dishes, but going from the empty plates I think it was a thumbs up! This of course was all washed down with Jasmine Tea. Price was very reasonable for the quality of food , our bill came under £60.00 four people.
I for one am looking forward to the permanent return of Poon’s to London…