Hunan

Hunan

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Hours
Mon
12:30 - 14:0018:00 - 23:30
Tue
12:30 - 14:0018:00 - 23:30
Wed
12:30 - 14:0018:00 - 23:30
Thu
12:30 - 14:0018:00 - 23:30
Fri
12:30 - 14:0018:00 - 23:30
Sat
12:30 - 14:0018:00 - 23:30
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Founded in 1982, Hunan is famous for not having a menu. Diners don't choose, they simply tell us their dietary requirement and preferences, we then do the rest. The result is a unique meal, tailored towards your likes. We serve 12-20 courses, most of them are small tapas sized dishes with the emphasis on tasting a lot of different things.
CUISINES
Chinese, Asian
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Dinner
FEATURES
Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Gift Cards Available
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4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles546 reviews
Excellent
328
Very good
115
Average
50
Poor
20
Terrible
33
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.

Pioneer10089457611
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 couples
Excellent! i took my GF for her birthday. we arrived slightly early and they were able to seat us. we went over our booking time but we were not rushed out, we even got an additional course. friendly staff, nice atmosphere and amazing food.
Written 28 March 2024
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Reservations Hunan
Thank you very much for taking the time to share your positive feedback. We are happy to hear that you have enjoyed your experience. Once again, happy birthday and we hope you both had a wonderful weekend. Looking forward to welcoming you back!
Written 2 April 2024
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Dinesh S
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 family
Innovative and delicious food and wonderful experience. The ambience is fun and the waiters very attentive. It’s a great wine list, pricey though.
Written 27 March 2024
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Reservations Hunan
Thank you very much! It was a pleasure having you, and we hope to see you again soon.
Written 2 April 2024
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Nic
Grantham15 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 couples
Atmosphere not great - quite dated that felt like an average Chinese restaurant, not something upmarket. Quality of toilets and staff smoking outside tells you this isn’t a great place. Meal very expensive for what you got. The food was average, with tiny portions. All tasted a bit under-whelming. The drinks - wow, wine prices extortionate. Never been to an average restaurant and not been able to get a bottle of wine for under £50. We asked for a house red and they pointed to two £50+ bottles! Fizzy water - came in a decanted bottle and like others have said, tasted like tap water fizzed up. Beer, over £6 for a half - crazy prices. And to top it off they decided to add a 15% service charge (£35!). Safe to say we got that taken off the bill. We saw on Secret London that the evening meal price was £67 (spotted later this was 2018). How can the price increase so much in just six years (now £98). Disappointed!
Written 17 March 2024
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Reservations Hunan
Dear Nic and Clare, Thank you for taking the time to share your honest feedback with us. As a small business, we acknowledge the importance of our guests' opinion, and would like to assure you that your comments are taken most seriously. We must admit that not much has changed in Hunan in the past 42 years. Although the space may seem outdated, we like to think that it adds to our charm. A lot of our long-term patrons return to Hunan, seeking this well-known environment and the familiar atmosphere. With this being said, we do realise that there is space for improvement and a refurbishment is planned to take place at the end of this summer. Regarding the drinks, we are extremely sorry that you could not find anything for your liking. As summer approaches, our recently changed wine list offers more whites than reds, as they are in demand. Having looked at it however, there are still a few bottles of reds just under £50. It is also important to note that the beer we offer (Taiwanese Gold Medal) is not available in many other establishments around London. Please rest assured that we are addressing the issues you have mentioned in regards to staff smoking and food portions. When serving 18 courses, there is a very fine balance between not enough and too much food - your server should have picked up that you required more courses. Given the nature of our service, we are trying to be as flexible as possible to ensure a great experience for our customers. This leads us to the question of the service charge: the team serves close to a thousand dishes on any given evening, doing so with a confident knowledge of an ever changing list of over 150 dishes. We understand that this rate may be higher than an average restaurant, it aligns however with our competitors' charges. This also applies to our dinner price, which has indeed increased a lot in the past 6 years, following our suppliers' and contractors' price changes. Quality is something we are not willing to compromise on. Sourcing the best possible local ingredients delivered daily to Hunan ensures that we serve the highest quality to our guests each day. Our seafood comes from day boat fishers, while our meats are sourced from small farms across the Lake District. Provenance is priority, and we use produce from the UK wherever possible. We apologise that we have not met your expectations. We understand where you are coming from, although we wish that you had mentioned some of your thoughts on the night of your visit, so we could have rectified them on the spot. Again, we appreciate that you still shared your feedback with us, as we seek constant improvement. Sincerely, The Management
Written 20 March 2024
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Splendid C
London1322 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 business
An interesting concept - quasi tasting menu. However the menu description is not accurate. At lunch you can only have 12 courses so there is actually no option of eating make. The portions are tiny. Further despite being told no spice the kitchen just doles out the same spicy food that they are carting out to other tables. I presume the food is just pre-cooked at this point. As to the main course because the two of us asked for fish they just gave us one tiny portion of fish for two. The tables next to us each chose a different main course so one person got the same size fish as we did for two. The food is somewhat tasty but the service was offhand and you feel you are being reprimanded because you did not pick the lobster for an extra 65 at lunch.
Written 25 February 2024
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Reservations Hunan
Thank you for taking the time to share your honest feedback. We are sorry that we didn't meet your expectations but we appreciate your constructive criticism. As a small restaurant, we know we can learn from our customers and we pride ourselves in listening to them. Although we are not one to make excuses, we find it important to point out that our food is definitely not pre-cooked. Sourcing the best possible local ingredients, we work with day boat fishers to serve you high quality seafood and fish, while our meats come from Lake District Farmers, also on a daily basis. We appreciate that it may be uncomfortable to speak to the staff members on the spot about issues you experience, however we do encourage our guests to communicate if anything is not for their liking. We would have been happy to adjust the spice level or to offer extra dishes if we knew that you were not completely satisfied. Making any of our patrons feel reprimanted is the last thing we want, and we do apologise if you got this idea. I can assure you that we would do anything in our power to make this right, and if you could please reach out to us by email, we would be happy to investigate what happened exactly.
Written 28 February 2024
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pab
Peak District National Park245 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 couples
This is a difficult one to review as a friend booked it and we didn’t know what to expect apart from the fact it was Asian food. When we arrived at 6.15 the restaurant was quite empty and first impressions was that it was quite small and unpretentious. Despite being a day early relative to our booking, we were shown to a table by friendly staff particularly Mr A de La Z (You know who you are!) and had some good banter. I was supposed to be paying so when I was told there was no menu and that is was 100 a head I nearly choked on the peanuts!!!!! However three hours later I can say that I enjoyed the experience and the 18 or so courses, but and a big but is that despite the free glass of fizz the overall price is too high. I am only giving this a very good because in the end I didn’t pay because my friend felt guilty at the cost!!! Resultamondo I say. 40 quid would have been more reasonable per head If I was paying. It was very busy so I suppose the owner must be getting it right. Who cares about the cost when you are based in Belgravia eh?
Written 2 February 2024
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Reservations Hunan
Thank you very much for your honest feedback. We are happy to hear that you have overall enjoyed your experience (A.Z. sends his best regards!) and sorry to hear that you have found our prices too high. As you may understand, we are following our suppliers' and contractors' price changes in the past years, rather than lowering our standards. Hunan sources local ingredients: seafood from day-boat fishers and meat from the Lake District, everything delivered to us daily to provide the best possible meal for our patrons. Again, we appreciate that you have taken the time to share your thoughts with us. As a small family restaurant, we know how important it is to listen to our customers and we are dedicated towards continuous improvement.
Written 5 February 2024
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JJMC663
Edinburgh14 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 family
My family and I used to enjoy the culinary experience at Hunan. But our recent visit was very disappointing. The food quality was not as good (beef was a bit chewy) and the food was lacking creativity. The only dish that we enjoyed the most was the soap, the rest were quite average. Some dishes were just like a small portion of Chinese takeaways on the fancy plates. The dessert was the big disappointment as it was just two small banana split and ice cream, which you normally get from any unauthentic Chinese restaurants in the UK. The fizzy water we ordered were not even fizzy after two minutes, it tasked like tap water. It seems to us the restaurant is cutting corner to maintain margin due to rising costs? We won't go back again unless there are some improvements. Overall we were very underwhelmed and disappointed.
Written 29 November 2023
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Peter C
London3 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 couples
The staff were lovely and food very nice, but if you’re looking for somewhere for a more romantic ambience on a Friday evening (we booked for our wedding anniversary) then this is definitely not the place to go. Only book here on Friday evening if you’re drunk / planning on being drunk, otherwise it’s an unenjoyable environment. I’m sure on quieter nights it’s fine but we really didn’t enjoy ourselves due to the ambience.
Written 17 November 2023
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EJR19
Buonconvento92 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 couples
The food was reasonably good - not sensational considering it was no choice - and the service was very friendly. By the end tho, yet another small portion of something tasty but not vastly different from some of its predecessors becomes wearisome instead of special. Maybe 18 courses is just too much and half the number, carefully planned would be more enjoyable. Also there isn't much atmosphere or charm in the venue, and the cost is astronomic! I'm afraid we just didn't think it worth the cost. Somehow it falls between the stools of being reasonably cheap, unglamorous but authentic, like many places in Chinatown, or upmarket and somewhere for a special occasion. This was neither. It clearly has a devoted clientele (including those eating a la carte, which looked a better option,) but we will not be joining them.
Written 6 November 2023
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AirSchis
Vancouver961 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 friends
Chinese restaurant, but the dishes are done differently and with creativity. You do not order from a menu. They will ask you if you are allergic to any foods first. You will receive each dish they have planned for your visit. It is expensive, but the service is excellent and the staff are personable. We spent about 3 1/2 hours with our friends and it was very enjoyable.
Written 16 September 2023
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Reservations Hunan
Thank you very much for taking the time to provide us your feedback. We are happy to hear that you have enjoyed your experience, and we hope to welcoming you back again soon.
Written 18 September 2023
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crepuscule_30
London19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 family
Excellent food catered specifically for 3 vegans who don't like aubergine and mushroom! The service was friendly and the various plates came with some nice and varied textures and tastes despite our constraints. It is undoubtedly pricey but has the consistency of offering an excellent meal and I think the biggest plus is how they cater to each person's requirements and tastes. Great work by the chef's team and service staff. Really nice evening!
Written 8 September 2023
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Reservations Hunan
Thank you very much! It is a pleasure to hear that you have enjoyed your experience and we very much look forward to welcoming you back!
Written 11 September 2023
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Londoner2304
London1093 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 friends
We visited on a Saturday evening. It’s a relatively small venue. The fixed price menu was priced at £95 each, and comprised of 16 starters (often bite sized) plus 1 main and 1 dessert. We were a group of 3 with differing dietary requirements and the restaurant handled this with ease, providing individual substitute dishes where applicable. The food was excellent! A great variety of dishes on offer (including scallops, monkfish, steak, duck, lamb…) and the flavours were consistently good. I liked that there was a bit of spice in most dishes. I also liked the flexibility of the menu, whereby a couple of extra items we asked for were provided free of charge. Service was friendly and the meal was well paced. The bill for the 3 of us came to £556, of which £230 was spent on drinks. This was an excellent meal overall with a differentiated menu concept. I look forward to a repeat visit.
Written 29 August 2023
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Reservations Hunan
Thank you very much for taking the time to provide your feedback for us. We are happy to hear that you have enjoyed your Hunan experience and we very much look forward to welcoming you back soon. Hunan Team
Written 31 August 2023
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Joe D
London11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 family
My vegetarian godchildren were over the Moon, as was I! What a spectacular lunch. Course after exquisite course of surprises, including spices that were new to us. Delightful service and a very relaxed atmosphere. I am returning this week!
Written 14 July 2023
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Reservations Hunan
Thank you very much for your kind words, we are happy that you have enjoyed your experience. We very much look forward to welcoming you back to Hunan.
Written 24 July 2023
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Tilly B
Athens1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 couples
Went to Hunan for lunch at 12:30pm on a Thursday. It was exactly what we needed and they catered to our dietary needs. All the food was incredible, and they even humoured us with a wine pairing for the courses. All the staff were wonderful and attentive. We will be back next time we are in london!
Written 6 July 2023
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Reservations Hunan
Thank you so much for leaving this kind review. It was an absolute pleasure having you both and we are happy to hear that you enjoyed your experience with us. We very much look forward to welcoming you back with a different wine selection and different dishes! Warmest regards, Hunan Team
Written 7 July 2023
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SimonHutchins
Reading197 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 couples
Superb 18 course tasting menu with just the right amount of food and an excellent wine menu as well.
Written 8 April 2023
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Reservations Hunan
Thank you very much! We hope to see again soon.
Written 11 April 2023
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Maia K
London1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 couples
Our second time dining, still amazing but added to by Andree looking after us. We had the best time!
Written 28 January 2023
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Hunan
Thank you very much! Andrii was very happy to read this and we all look forward to welcoming you back for a third time!
Written 14 February 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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