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“Sans doute le meilleur établissement de Chinatown, à deux pas de l’arche. Originaire de Pékin, le chef Terry Lim gère ce restaurant avec son épouse et concocte soupes, riz, nouilles, fruits de mers, plats végétariens ou à base de porc, de boeuf, d’agneau, ainsi qu’une excellente sélection de canards en sauce. Lampions rouges, plantes vertes et éclairage chaleureux habillent les lieux depuis plus de 45 ans.”

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Food Fascination – The Liverpool Food Blog

“This should be the easiest review to write, but I feel like it might be the hardest. There is one restaurant in Liverpool that I’ve visited more than any other, in fact I must have eaten there over 100 times, and although my visits are less frequent than they used to be, I still go fairly regularly. That restaurant is the Yuet Ben on Duke Street, it is in my opinion the best Chinese in Liverpool, I have eaten at a few others, they never compare. The food at the Yuet Ben is; fresh, well made, tasty and, equally important, consistent. I’ve never had a bad meal in over 15 years of eating there. That should be it, do I need to write any more? I think I’ve said everything I can, If you want to eat chinese food in Liverpool everywhere else is second best.”

Lonely Planet

“When it comes to the best Chinese food in town, you won’t hear too many dissenting voices: Yuet Ben’s Beijing cuisine usually comes out tops. The veggie banquet could bring round even the most avid carnivore. Get a seat by the window to eat in the shadow of Europe’s largest Chinese gate.”

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Oldest original local UK restaurants: 8. Yuet Ben

“Affectionately known by some as Yuees, a word requiring a Scouse-shaped mouth to pronounce properly, people go so prawn crackers for this place the owners could relocate to a cult compound. Launched in 1968, its 40th anniversary brought on some quite startling testimonials from loyal customers, one describing it as ‘a reflecting pool in which new light is cast upon old problems, and old light cast upon new ones’. This Mr Miyagi of a restaurant sits directly opposite Liverpool’s Chinese arch, said to be the largest outside of China.”

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Eat Chinese in Liverpool: Yuet Ben Upper Duke Street

“One of the oldest international restaurants in England, this legendary Liverpudlian location has been serving up hot and sour soup and dry ribs for 40 years. Veggies will be thrilled by the fab green menu.”

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The Independent

Sunday 3rd May 2009

“The Shandong-born Yuh Ho opened Liverpool’s first Beijing-style restaurant in 1968. Today, the kitchen is in the capable hands of his son-in-law Terry Lim”

“Dine on the best crispy duck in town at the Yuet Ben — don’t be put off by the dingy surroundings and ask for a window table so you can watch the sun set behind the Chinese Arch.”

BBC Olive Magazine,

May 2008


Yuet Ben – family run, has been serving up superior (northern, Peking style) Chinese food in Liverpool since 1968. Its juicy, aniseedy BBQ ribs are legendary, while dishes like sweet and sour ‘cherry’ chicken keep things interesting.”

The Independent

20th October 2007

“‘Yuet Ben’ means honoured guest, so be prepared for a warm welcome at Liverpool’s longest-established Chinese restaurant. The restaurant isn’t particularly glitzy but the cooking is impressive, with unusual and authentic dishes alongside the best crispy duck on Merseyside.”

Guardian Website (2011)

“Looking out on to Chinatown’s colourful arch, the largest outside China, the Yuet Ben is Liverpool’s first and original Peking-style restaurant. Taste the poetry of tomato and egg-flower soup or gon bay chon seaweed while enjoying attentive and friendly service.”

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Julian Lloyd Webber

The Telegraph, 7th February 2004

“Best of all, head towards Liverpool’s stunning Anglican Cathedral and discover Yuet Ben, which delivers some of the finest Chinese cooking in Britain.”

The Sunday Telegraph

24th June 2007

“Yuet Ben means ‘Welcome, honoured guest’, which is exactly how one is made to feel by the Lim family at the city’s oldest Chinese, established 1968. The sweet and sour cherry chicken is particularly good.”

Simply Food

“Terry and Theresa Lim’s Yuet Ben stands out from the city’s usual Chinese restaurants in that it fits into neither the chop suey house nor the big, modern ‘do everything’ type. Well worth a visit for something a little different from the usual.”

Vision Magazine, Spring 2007

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TimeOut 2005

“Taller and older than its many challengers, Yuet Ben’s strength is its authenticity. The staff strive to treat diners as ‘honoured guests’ (which is what the restaurant’s name means.) The menu is poetry – try tomato and egg- flower soup, gon bay chon seaweed, lamb with leeks or cherry chicken if you want to rediscover why Chinese cuisine is the most exquisitely perfumed in the world. Other fantastic dishes are kwo- ta chicken, which uses a red wine reduction, and the house special spare ribs. Vegetarian options have won acclaim. Nothing here is over-sweetened or made solely to explore a chef’s fascination with the red and orange sections of the spectrum, and the set menus are a steal.”

iTCHY Liverpool 2005

“Having celebrated its 35th anniversary and still going strong, Yuet Ben (meaning ‘honoured guest’, fact fans) continues to set the standard for Chinese food in Liverpool. Apparently the first Peking style restaurant in the city, its unmatchable view of the Chinese Arch, wide range of dishes and relaxed atmosphere has endeared the place to three generations of families, professionals and celebrities alike. Carnivores and vegetarians are catered for in equal measures and the wine list is as long as your arm. There’s even a monthly themed Wine Circle night for the more daring gastronauts out there. So, what are you waiting for? A written invitation?”

City – April 2005

“The Yuet Ben has a real pedigree. Set up by Yuh-Ho Yau in 1968, Liverpool’s most famous restaurant is now run by daughter Theresa and husband Terry serving authentic northern Chinese dishes. The restaurant is a relaxed, informal affair where visitors are greeted by Terry as if they were personal friends. Looking out onto the biggest Chinese arch outside of mainland China, the restaurant boasts a dedicated vegetarian menu, a comprehensive wine list (with a handy set of recommended bottles) and one of the most tastebud-savvy course selection in the North West. The Yuet Ben is a true Liverpool institution – the city would be much poorer without it.”

MoveOut – April 2005

“Yuet Ben, Liverpool’s Peking restaurant, greets and treats visitors like long lost friends. It’s a trait that has been perfected through two generations of Yuh Ho Yau’s family and continues today under his daughter and son-in-law’s attentive eye. The menu is smaller than in other Chinese restaurants but this could be because Yuet Ben is unlike them. It serves Peking cuisine – a combination of cooking methods from Northern China – and does not rely upon the brightly coloured additives and salt found in many Chinese dishes. The wine list is long and reasonably priced and staff are really keen to give advice about which wine will go with your food. In fact, considering how laid back and stylish Yuet Ben is there is really a down-to-earth air about the place as tables fill with groups of regulars. Visit this Liverpool landmark and you too can experience the pleasure of being treated as an honoured guest.”