London in August. If memory serves the last time I was in town at this time of year was 1989. I was bedecked in a Batman t-shirt ahead of the opening of the first film where Michael Keaton played the caped crusader. What larks.
This time I was wearing my full Batman outfit beneath my blue linen suit to maintain my usual air of respectability.
I wasn’t in town for long so my main objective was to share a nice lunch with pal and regular (when we’re in the same town) guest quester Hannah.
Hannah works at the Southbank so we headed for lunchtime dim sum at nearby Ping Pong.
With a couple of branches around the city, Ping Pong is a pretty slick little operation. The interior styling is very smart and the whole experience had an assured feel to it.
I rarely know what I’m doing in dim sum places, so I let Hannah take the lead. She ordered us a couple of the ‘triple 8’ lunch specials – one veggie, one meaty/seafoody – and added some spring rolls and prawns crackers for good measure.
Things arrived as they were ready. The rolls were fairly routine but the steamers full of leaf wrapped sticky rice and various delicate dumplings were quite impressive. The prawn and scallop sticky rice was notably good. It was a very well judged portion which ensured we were well-fed for a decent price.
So overall, Ping Pong was a really good place for a lunchtime catch-up. Edinburgh is weak on this style of food so I’d welcome a place like this in our city at some point. Next time you find yourself in London, give it a look.
Blythe scores Ping Pong
3.5/5 for food
3.5/5 for presentation
4/5 for setting
3.5/5 for service
giving an overall 14.5/20
Today’s questers were: Hannah, Blythe
We ate: dim sum
We drank: sparkly water, coffees
We wore: holiday action footwear, tulle skirt
Total bill: £36
Address: Festival Terrace, Southbank Centre, London SE1 8XX