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Top 10 Best Chinese Restaurants For Buffets Under £10 in London

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When the penchant for Chinese fare arises, lucky Londoners have a vast array of choice. If fresh air calls and a takeaway on your lap at home won’t do it, then it’s easy to wander out into the streets of central London to find a Chinese restaurant to satisfy that craving. You could even try punching in the question, "Chinese buffet near me" in the vicinity of Chinatown, hoping for the best. As we all know, however, done too often and the cost can mount up. It makes sense to take advantage of the well priced all-you-can-eat Chinese buffet restaurants dotted around London. However, if the draw of a reliable regular stops you from experimenting, then read below for what’s out there in London, in terms of the best Chinese buffet restaurants. Not every Chinese buffet restaurant in London has to be in Chinatown either, although the above photo might suggest otherwise.

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Camden
Restaurant
Chinese

One of the best Chinese buffet restaurants in north London, Max Orient is set amidst the tattoo parlours and studded belts of Camden's High Street. This slick modern cheap Chinese restaurant offers a huge array of all you can eat Chinese dishes. Contemporary decor with banquette seating for those who want to get comfy, this Chinese restaurant is immaculately clean, the food is fresh and desserts are included in the very reasonable set price. You won't pay more than £10 for the Chinese buffet and a few quid for bottomless soft drinks. Aim for the sweet sour chicken, the black bean beef and the chicken curry for your first round. Profiteroles for dessert. Bring cash, cards are not accepted.

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Whitechapel & Wapping
Restaurant
Chinese

This inexpensive Chinese restaurant near Whitechapel tube station has a strong local following for many decades and is one of the best Chinese buffet restaurants in east London. Whilst not a buffet restaurant in its truest sense (Sinh Le offers an all you can eat Chinese buffet on Sunday afternoons only), the price is under a tenner for as much as you can eat. As with any restaurant, there's only one reason why customers return: because they like it; but it does help that the staff are super attentive, the quality of food is excellent, and the duck pancakes are a thing a beauty. It does get quite busy in there so make sure you bag your spot early.

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Soho
Restaurant
Chinese

This very busy restaurant in Chinatown offers a good range of cheap Chinese food. Dishes include beef, pork, chicken, duck, spring rolls, noodles, pancakes, all your favourites basically. The food is set by the window, so you can see the day's offerings before going in. One dish includes a generous amount of large mussels, a nice divergence from the usual chicken chow mein. Prepare to queue for a little while. You may also have to share tables and maybe even climb some stairs. One of the best priced Chinese restaurant buffets in central London. Great value if you're looking for a quick bite to eat near Soho before a show in the West End. This is no frills dining with a load of atmosphere.

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Soho
Restaurant
Chinese

Another Chinatown restaurant classic that has been dishing out all you can eat Chinese food for many years. It's just around the corner from its sister Chinese restaurant, Little Wu, and is equally cheap, cheerful and busy. There is seating upstairs but less of an atmosphere up there, plus you need to come back downstairs to fill you plate at the buffet. There is a smaller selection of dishes than other Chinese buffets but as the dishes are constantly replenished, you're guaranteed fresh, hot Chinese food. The ethos is clearly "get 'em in, fill 'em up, get 'em out" so no fine dining but it's a good alternative to a lunchtime sandwich. Similarly priced, too.

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West End
Restaurant
Chinese

Another diner style Chinese restaurant, Hong Kong Buffet offers a good selection of Chinese food buffet style. Similar to other Chinese buffet restaurants in Chinatown, Hong Kong Buffet's food can be drooled over from the window outside. There's seating towards the back of the restaurant so don't be afraid to venture in. Again, it's fresh and hot, though, as with all buffets, it's best to eat when it's busy as the dishes are replenished quickly; but this is easy as the restaurant is on the small size. One of the key dishes to look out for is the Chinese style prawns. Tuck in and eat as much as you like!

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Shoreditch
Restaurant
Chinese

Yes, going for Chinese in the Brick Lane area of Spitalfields and Shoreditch seems weird when there are so many Indian restaurants around, but sometimes the poppadom just doesn't cut it and instead you're hankering for some authentic Sichuan cuisine. Although technically not a buffet restaurant, Sichuan Folk Chinese restaurant offers plenty of dishes for less then £10 that ensure you don't leave hungry; such as the lunch of shredded pork with peppers and rice (plus bonus soup), or the sautéed beef fillet with black pepper. However, if you dare to order the all-you-cant-eat Sichuan style hot-pot (for £22) make sure you take some friends and book the next day off work.

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West End
Restaurant
Chinese

Although this is not a Chinese buffet restaurant, this long-standing favourite amongst Chinatown diners serves one particular dish for under £10 that is wholly satisfying, making it a great place for a quick bite to eat when you're going out in central London: Beijing dumplings. You can either order the handmade dumplings steamed or fried (the latter coming at a slightly higher price). The service is quick and abrupt, and the the liveliness of the restaurant makes the whole experience well worth the tenner (or less) you're paying. The restaurant's location near Leicester Square Tube station also makes it a top place to go for a post-booze feed before heading home

Image of Yming

Soho
Restaurant
Chinese

This cosy little restaurant in Soho is near the Palace Theatre, the Curzon Cinema, and Chinatown so ticks the yummy and cheap restaurant boxes if you're in London's West End for some fun. The menu has classic Szechuan dishes to choose from, including aromatic crispy duck, Empress beef and shredded pork with kohlrabi. Although there is no buffet here, you can easily fill up for around £10-£15 per person because the a la carte menu includes cheap dishes such as spring rolls, crispy seaweed, meat or veg dumplings, or seafood with tofu soup. The staff are super friendly and accommodating. It can get busy during peak hours so we suggest booking ahead.

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West End
Restaurant
Chinese

One of Chinatown's most famous Chinese restaurants, Wong Kei near Leicester Square and Piccadilly Circus is a huge, popular, cheap restaurant that is always busy and is well known for less than friendly service. Don't let this put you off because even though they don't smile and tend to bark commands at their customers, the staff here are incredibly quick and the food is amazing. If you're in central London and need a quick, cheap feed, this is the place to come. Although there isn't a buffet, you'll have no problem filling up with a £10 note. The beef brisket noodle soup, crispy pork belly on cold rice, duck pancakes and Yunnan stew noodle are some of the highlights. Cash only.

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Shepherds Bush
Restaurant

Heading out to west London for some retail therapy at Westfield shopping mall in Shepherd's Bush? In addition to saving money in the big sales, reduce the price of your dinner too with a tactical feed at Aroma W12. This all-you-can-eat Asian restaurant sits directly opposite the Shepherd's Bush Central Line station in the old shopping centre so maybe head in either before or after your shopping spree. The range on offer will keep you entertained for some time, and there's even a dessert section if you feel you've exhausted your savoury fantasies. If you're really on a tight budget, head here during the week because the prices are cheaper than on the weekends, for obvious reasons.

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