Kung Hei Fat Choy! Happy Chinese New Year to you and here’s to hoping that the Year Of The Rabbit will bring peace or at least a respite from conflict or war as Chinese astrologers have predicted. In the meantime, here in London, we can invite in the New Year eating celebration food just as over six billion Chinese will be doing throughout the world. Marie Teather releases her inner rabbit out on the top five Chinese restaurants in London.
1 Grand Imperial Chinese
London’s newest addition to the Chinese restaurant scene. The Grand Imperial Chinese serves authentic Hong Kong Cantonese cuisine in a setting that features original pieces of Chinese art, calligraphy, traditional artifacts and that has been designed using the principles of Feng-shui. There’ also a private dining room which will seat up to 20. Dishes include special stewed beef short ribs, puree of spinach soup with crabmeat, and Peking duck.
101 Buckingham Palace Road London SW1W 0SJ
020 7821 8898
Hakkasan is widely regarded as changing the Chinese eating scene in London. The Michelin-starred restaurant evokes old school Chinoiserie decadence while the open plan kitchen serves a variety of dishes including scallops shumail dim sum, shimeji dumplings and pan-fried Wagu beef and Szechuan sauce. Surprisingly, for a place one described as ‘the restaurant serving the most wine-challenged dishes in the capital,’ the wine menu is one of the best in London. Phillippe Moranges, deputy head sommelier was nominated the 2010 Sommelier Of The Year and is always on hand to offer suggestions by the glass or by the bottle which are grouped into inspirational themes such as Strength and Beauty, Meditation, Harmony, Curious and Prestige.
8 Hanway Pl
London W1T 1HD, United Kingdom
020 7927 7000
3 Shanghai Blues
Shanghai Blues is based in the Grade II listed Holborn Hall and is split into five distinct zones to heighten the authentic feel. The bar is perfect for pre-dinner drinks; the mezzanine lounge for cocktails and canapés; the silk dining room invites diners for an opulent meal; whilst the tea dining room is perfect for smaller gatherings. Then there is the private dining room for the ultimate in intimacy. Treats to indulge in include ha-gau crystal prawn dumplings, Sea bass steamed with ginger and spring onions, and a quarter of crispy aromatic duck with pancakes and trimmings.
193-197 High Holborn, City of London, WC1V 7BD, United Kingdom
020 7404 1668
4 Royal China
Recently voted in the Sunday Times Top 100 restaurants in the UK, Royal China Club offers a fine dining Chinese food and dim sum experience. Part of the internationally acclaimed royal china group, it is a place to see and be seen. Signature dishes include white jade pagoda with luxury seafood filling and the three treasures of the royal china club.
40-42 Baker St, London
020 7486 3898
Yauatcha is a contemporary Chinese teahouse that opened in London in 2004. The restaurant offers an all-day grazing experience, specializing in modern authentic dim sum and received a Michelin star within a year of its opening. Exquisite dishes baked Somerset lamb chop with Mongolian sauce and the wild prawn and pumpkin stir-fry in black bean sauce. An exceptional range of Chinese and Indian teas add to the experience.
15 Broadwick Street, London W1F 0DL, United Kingdom
020 7494 8888