Gizzi Erskine

Gizzi Erskine’s Top 5 Asian Fusion Restaurants in London

Chef and food writer Gizzi Erskine shares her top 5 Asian fusion restaurants in London.

Chinese food at Lucky & Joy in London.

Lucky & Joy. Gizzi says, ‘I went to the first pop-up and was blown away. Everything is delicious. This is regional Chinese food with an East London twist in its pairings, similar to San Francisco’s Mission Chinese. I’m so pleased it got its residency.’

Lucky & Joy, 298–299 Railway Arches, Cambridge Heath Road, E2 9HA


XU. Gizzi says, ‘Just when you think Chinese fusion can’t get more exciting, the guys from Bao open XU, blending regional Chinese food with fine cooking. Everything is very simple and unique, and the ingredients are stonking.’

XU, 30 Rupert Street, W1D 6DL

The Laughing Heart. Gizzi says, ‘Normally a wine bar with really clever small plates, on Sundays The Laughing Heart changes into an Asian fusion restaurant. The wines still flow and chaos ensues. It’s so fun and the food’s great.’

The Laughing Heart, 277 Hackney Road, E2 8NA

temper City. Gizzi says, ‘Most of my list has had a hint towards northern China, but Temper 2 would call itself a curry house. It’s on my list because it’s a clever Scots take on it by the meat king Neil Rankin. Neil’s food is always outstanding so I’ve no doubt this is going to be a smash.’

Temper City, 2 Angel Court, 30 Throgmorton Street, EC2R 7HJ

A selection of dishes at Chick 'n' Sours in London.

Chick ’n’ Sours. Gizzi says, ‘Fried chicken with an Asian slant. Carl Clarke’s chicken has been dubbed the best in London, which pleases me as he learnt his early recipe from me! Carl’s sides are as cool as the chicken and show nips of inspiration from South East Asia and northern China.’

Chick ‘n’ Sours, 1a Earlham Street, WC2H 9LL; 390 Kingsland Road, E8 4AA