Not the sexiest location in London, Shikumen at the Dorsett Hotel, Shepherds Bush, may, nevertheless, be worth a detour if you happen to be fond of really great Chinese cuisine.
I don’t mind the location at all as Shepherds Bush is pretty local for me; there’s easy wheelchair drop off – onto a wide pavement outside the front of the hotel and restaurant, and it’s easy to park on the road at the rear of the Dorsett.
I do like a decent Chinese as do some close friends with whom we regularly eat out so we’re always looking for good local restaurants and Shikumen has just jumped itself onto that – too short – list.
I’d been meaning to go there for ages as it’s been really well reviewed but I made the huge mistake of trying the Ealing branch first … Big Mistake. Really. Don’t go there. Ever.
Anyway, on the snowy Sunday of early December, we braved the – incredibly clear – snowy roads and met our – recently back from the Far East so they know their Chinese food – mates at Shikumen for an early supper and catch up.
Getting there was a breeze. As was the wheelchair drop-off.
I rolled straight into the restaurant via the hotel entrance with just one small bump down along the way – across a teensy-weensy rubber threshold ramp that I hadn’t noticed so that was a bit of an ‘eek’ moment until I realised I was absolutely fine and it was only an inch or so drop.
Inside the restaurant, we were shown to the table on the left, below, so all level floors and lots of room to move in.
I did have to move the tables apart a little to get my feet in as the central support, which you can see, is wide, power wheelchairs have long foot plates and I don’t like scrunching my feet under me – too painful. But it wasn’t a problem at all.
From then on, it was all good news.
On a rare snowy December Sunday, the restaurant wasn’t too busy so we were able to chat; the food was really excellent – we had crispy duck, lobster, beef, chicken, vegetables and rice dishes – all were fab. Service was unobtrusive and efficient. Didn’t cost an arm and a leg.
Shikumen might just become our local Chinese of choice.