No.10 – Earls Court Life
From the outside No. 10 looks like your standard Chinese restaurant in Earls Court. But if you peer a little closer you will notice a solid stream of native Chinese diners frequenting the restaurant. Dig a little deeper and you will find out that No.10 has a reputation, far and wide, for offering some of the best traditional Sichuan food in the city of London.
And the rumours are true.
Step inside the door of the restaurant and you will be faced with a dimly lit dining area decorated with dark wood floors and tables and deep blue tiles on the walls. Traditional Chinese ornaments denoting good fortune and safe travel are dotted about but other than that not much is going on.
Service is friendly, fast and to the point. All questions will be answered and you will be offered a choice of chopsticks or knife and fork with no judgement.
The menu is varied, everything is delicious but my favourites have always been a combination of the Dry Fried Green Beans with Minced Pork (sensationally spicy), Dan Dan Chicken Noodles – this dish is served cold but is absolutely lovely – or Bean Sprout Noodles. I then head a bit more down the main stream and order a portion of Crispy Shredded Chilli Beef. This normally has me about set to burst but I can never seem to stop myself having just one more mouthful…
If you are an adventurous type of foodie then I must let you know a secret. On the far right hand side on the wall you will see a small white board with a list written in Cantonese. This is what makes this restaurant so popular with the native Chinese clientele. If you can understand it you are suddenly privy to an array of traditional Sichuan daily specialties. If you know to ask there is often an English translation to hand somewhere behind the bar.
Be prepared for a choice of Pig Intestines with whole Savoury Garlic or Spare Ribs and Pickled Cabbage in Broth. Fried Green Pepper, Potatoes and Aubergine Northeast China style was a hit on our table but I do plan to be a little braver next time I visit.
Prices are reasonable and the location is three doors down from me. Given that some have been known to cross bodies of water to dine here I feel pretty darn lucky myself…No. 10 Restaurant 10 Hogarth Place Earls Court
SW5 0QT 020 7373 7000