- Unit 3, The Belvedere, Homerton Street (map of this place)
- CB2 8NX
Previously situated on Burleigh Street at the back of the Grafton Centre (see photo of old location), the Peking has now moved south of the city centre, just off Hills Road.
Personally, I've only been to The Peking Restaurant once for a work dinner (about 30 of us), so it may be a different experience if dining there with friends or family. Not being a lover of oriental food, I was amazed at how much I enjoyed it. There was a wide selection of food available - crab, lobster and prawns were just three of the starting dishes, served with (lots of) chillis and vegetables. If you are not a seafood person, there is always deep-fried chili beef, lamb, or crispy duck pancakes with spring onions, to fill your appetite. Not only did I find the food delicious, but the staff were very polite, friendly and accommodating.
As of August 2007, a notice in the window warns that it's cash and cheque only; no cards. The Local Secrets review linked below has a comment stating that you can bring your own wine (£4 corkage charge). Not sure if that means that they aren't licensed.
When I last ate there in May or June they definitely had a licence. Prices may seem a little steep but the portions are very generous. And the mixed starter plate has a wider selection than I've found in other places including dumplings and battered squid, served with 4 different dips which are very tasty. Sadly I've always eaten downstairs (in the old location), where the decor is a bit old-fashioned and past its best, but perhaps it's nicer upstairs. The service of late has seemed a bit slow and casual, but the food is still excellent.