Having lived on St Paul’s Square for about a year and a half, Henry’s Cantonese is one of those places the other half & I walk past, say “we still need to try there” and promptly forget about.
A couple of weeks ago, on spotting that they had a £16 Groupon deal for a two course lunch for two, we finally paid them a visit.
Henry’s is set slightly back from the square and from the outside is a very unassuming building. However once inside it’s warm and welcoming, with nice Oriental style decor. I was also a fan of their Christmas decorations which had been kept subtle and stylish.
For the Groupon deal, they have a small set menu that you can choose from – 5 starters, 5 mains and 4 sides (each course includes a vegetarian option).
My starter was a generous portion of tender barbecue spare ribs loaded with sweet moreish barbecue sauce. He went for the chilli & pepper chicken wings which were super crispy and flavourful, although slightly too salty for me.
The Groupon menu main courses offered a little less choice, especially as two of the options required a supplement. We went for the sweet and sour chicken & the beef with black pepper sauce.
Originally I wasn’t that excited by the sound of the black pepper beef. It’s appearance didn’t do much to convince me otherwise – it looked a bit like a school dinner version of a beef casserole. I actually couldn’t have been more wrong. The peppery sauce was rich and full of flavour, and the beef was moist and not at all chewy. It was lovely and I’d definitely order it again.
The sweet and sour was a solid rendition of a classic dish; miles away from the neon coloured, super sweet sauce you often get in takeaways. I’m a sucker for a good sweet and sour and I can see why they put this crowd pleaser on the Groupon menu.
The mains come with two sides (we chose egg fried rice & stir fried noodles with bean sprouts). Both again were generous portions which even a greedy couple like us couldn’t quite finish!
Although we had limited choice of dishes I was really impressed with the quality of the food (and the amount we got for £16). I’d definitely recommend Henry’s Cantonese; we want to go back and sample the full menu, and visit on an evening/weekend when it’s a bit more lively. If you’re looking for a good lunchtime deal then this Groupon is a winner as well – keep an eye out as I’m sure they’ll run it again! They also do an Express Business Lunch for a similar price which is definitely worth checking out!
You can find Henry’s Cantonese Restaurant at 27 St Paul’s Square, B3 1RB. WEBSITE.