The Facts
NAME: Poon's
IT'S: A three month Chinese restaurant pop up

12-02-2018

OPENED: February 12th, 2018
SOFT LAUNCH: 12-16th February 2018
WHO'S BEHIND IT: Amy Poon, daughter of Bill Poon, founder of the original Poon's restaurants
DID YOU KNOW: Bill and his wife Cecilia founded the original Poon's on Lisle Street in 1973, as they were disappointed with the quality of Chinese food in England
LOCATION: Clerkenwell
ADDRESS: 131-133 Central Street, EC1V 8AP
CLOSEST TUBE: Old Street or Angel
OPENING TIMES: Monday-Saturday 12pm-10pm (last orders); Sunday 12pm-5pm (3pm last orders)
WEBSITE: Visit Site
TWITTER: Visit Twitter
INSTAGRAM: Visit Instagram

Poon’s

OPENED 100 DAYS AGO

Poon’s is a three month long modern Chinese pop up in Clerkenwell, open now.

The restaurant is named after Bill Poon, founder of a chain of successful Chinese restaurants throughout the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s, with the Covent Garden branch gaining a Michelin star. His daughter, Amy, is behind this new venture.

The Spot:

Think bright colours, kitsch details, and a fresh, contemporary design.

The Food:

The focus here is on home-style Chinese food in a modern style. Dishes include chilli radishes, spicy aubergine salad and tofu hotpot in addition to Poon’s ‘classics’ like san choi bao (lettuce wraps with spiced meat), claypot rice with homemade wind dried Chinese sausage and Hainanese chicken, a fantastic dish of soft poached chicken served with its gelatinous skin (a lot more pleasant than it sounds, if you like slippery textures as the Chinese do).

We’re also looking forward to trying the ‘herbal chicken soup’ which sounds like the kind of thing that might soothe away a whole ton of problems, and of course, wontons in chilli oil – officially one of the most addictive dishes ever invented.

There are just two desserts, which couldn’t be more different. Those looking for something light will be interested in the watermelon and mango shaved ice, while those who like to really know they’ve eaten dessert should get involved with the deep fried ice cream with Oolong tea syrup.

Original founder Bill Poon is consulting on the menu.

The Drinks:

There’s no hard stuff here but you are welcome to bring your own bottles – corkage is charged at £8.

There’s also a small selection of soft drinks (homemade lemon barley water, homemade kumquat cooler) and a range of teas from Yunnan, Fujian and Guangdong.

The Damage:

Cold appetisers are £3.95 – 4.75; hot appetisers are £5.95 – 6.35; mains are £11.80 – 14.80 and sides are around £5 – 8. Desserts are around £6.

In a Nutshell:

The original Poon’s mini-empire was well thought of so we’re looking forward to trying this modern revamp. We suspect it is a warm-up for a potentially more permanent return. Amy Poon said of the opening, ‘My aim is to challenge and improve people’s perception of Chinese food and introduce to London the food that is so close to my heart- wholesome, simple, stimulating, real. I grew up and worked in all of my parents’ restaurants and my love of food and my desire to share it and feed people runs in my blood.’

The Facts
NAME: Poon's
IT'S: A three month Chinese restaurant pop up

12-02-2018

OPENED: February 12th, 2018
SOFT LAUNCH: 12-16th February 2018
WHO'S BEHIND IT: Amy Poon, daughter of Bill Poon, founder of the original Poon's restaurants
DID YOU KNOW: Bill and his wife Cecilia founded the original Poon's on Lisle Street in 1973, as they were disappointed with the quality of Chinese food in England
LOCATION: Clerkenwell
ADDRESS: 131-133 Central Street, EC1V 8AP
CLOSEST TUBE: Old Street or Angel
OPENING TIMES: Monday-Saturday 12pm-10pm (last orders); Sunday 12pm-5pm (3pm last orders)
WEBSITE: Visit Site
TWITTER: Visit Twitter
INSTAGRAM: Visit Instagram

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