In a nutshell: high quality and reasonable dim sum
When I heard from Mr.Noodles that Bright Courtyard at Baker Street has great dim sum, I was desperate to try it out. Having tried 13 dishes, I definitely agree that Bright Courtyard’s dim sum is some of the best in London.
Bright Courtyard is more upper class compared to those restaurants in Chinatown. Elegant white tables, traditional Chinese tea sets and very quiet. There is no need to book even on weekends, it was half empty on Saturday when I went.
The dim sum were on average £3.40 a plate. Three of us billed £70 so about £23 pp, reasonable.
The dim sum were great but I didn’t like all the dishes. See below for detailed descriptions.
Great dishes - must order
Xiao long bao
Very good xiao long bao, good flavour and a lot of juice!
The best Kai Lan I’ve had in London, mainly because all the skins on the stalks were removed, which really improved the texture. Perfectly seasoned as well.
Smaller than the pork puffs I’ve had elsewhere but very good pastry and pork with just enough sweetness. Great proportion of meat and pastry as well.
Hong Kong style cheung fun
I’ve never tried cheung fun this way, normally I order ones with deep fried dough or pork filling. These were surprisingly delicious, good slippery texture topped with playfully coloured peanut and sweet sauce.
Good dishes - same flavour to other great dim sum places
The dishes below were good too, but similar flavour to other great dim sum places in London. The egg custard buns had good filling but the bun could’ve been fluffier.
Sticky rice lotus wrap and egg custard buns
Deep fried shredded turnip cake
Soso dishes - nothing special in terms of flavour
I wasn’t a huge fan of their dumplings and shu mai, it needed more flavour. For dumplings, I think Yauatcha still has the best but pricer. The pan fried turnip cake was poor, the texture was too sticky and no meat inside.
Tube: Baker Street
37 - 67 Baker Street
London, W1U 7EU
020 7486 6998