We love dim sums, they are so tasty and full of flavour. A few months ago, we visited Ping Pong Westbourne Grove for my birthday celebrations and the whole family had a great time, so we were looking forward to another family visit to Ping Pong, but this time to the Wembley branch.
We went to Ping Pong at London Designer Outlet to try the new seasonal dim sum and cocktails from the Autumn/ Winter menu, including new dumplings, warming wonton style soups and refreshing cocktails.
I thought I should add that Ping Pong is not located at the same place as most of the other restaurants, so make sure you check the map at London Designer Outlet when you get there.
Ping Pong’s head mixologist Daniele Ziaco, who I had the pleasure to meet at a Cocktail Masterclass, crafted a range of seasonal cocktails with infused ingredients, such as the new Winter Berry Blazer with fresh seasonal berries and cassis liqueur and Forbidden Martini.
I tried Forbidden Martini and it is a real winter treat, rich in colour and infused flavours. It has been created to celebrate Ping Pong’s partnership with the British Museum for ‘The BP exhibition Ming 50 years that change China’.
Forbidden Martini is deliciously made with sweet, cherry flavoured martini with kamm & sons spirit, lychee infused sake, cherry liqueur, longan juice, egg white, blackberries, hibiscus and mulberry vinegar. It has a lovely combination of flavours and goes very well with dim sums and dumplings.
Apart from our usual favourites, such as char sui bun, four mushroom bun, chicken and cashew nut dumpling, spicy chicken dumpling, king prawn and scallop sticky rice and vegetable sticky rice, we also ordered dishes from the seasonal menu.
You will also find Vegetable Fun Guo, wheat flour pastry filled with chives, cabbage, Chinese mushroom, oyster mushroom and carrots. The dumplings are light and tasty.
Old favourite Lobster Dumpling is back on the menu by popular demand. The pretty beetroot pastry filled with prawn, lobster, shiitake mushroom and coriander looks and tastes lovely.
I was pleased to find out that the price of the lobster dumplings and vegetable fun guo from the seasonal menu includes a 25p donation to Action Against Hunger for every dish ordered. So you are actually helping someone just by eating a lovely dumpling at Ping Pong, how great is that?!
Hubby’s favourite was honey-soy chicken wings with spring onion and red amaranth, which is very different from the usual dumplings found at Ping Pong, but the same beautiful flavour that you expect.
If you are after a warming soup, you could have Hot and Sour Soup from the specials menu. It has shiitake mushroom, black fungus, ginger, bamboo shoots, carrot, red chilli and chinkiang vinegar.
After our flavoursome meal, we tried Apple and Cinnamon Parcels, spring roll pastry filled with warm green apple and cinnamon, served with vanilla ice cream – great ending to our lovely family meal.
We had a fantastic time at Ping Pong, the new seasonal dumplings and dishes were very tasty, while the staff was friendly and professional as always. The seasonal cocktail was full of flavour, and we are definitely going back for more. Nothing like a warming meal at Ping Pong after a busy day shopping!
For more information, please check http://www.pingpongdimsum.com/
We visited Ping Pong for review purposes. However the opinions expressed in this review are honest and my own.