Haute Living lets you in on the top places to go for the best Chinese cuisine in the capital
1 China Tang
David Tang’s decadent dim sum parlour and moody Shanghai restaurant, must surely rank as one of London’s finest Chinese restaurants. Located in the sumptuous Dorchester Hotel, China Tang is where Kate Moss and the rest of the Primrose Hill set head for perfectly executed Cantonese cooking (although you’ll also find Sichuan specialities such as mapo tofu on the menu). After dinner, live it up like the Last Emperor at the glamorous adjoining bar.
The Dorchester, 53 Park Lane, W1
020 7629 9988
Restaurateur Alan Yau set a new standard for Chinese fare in London, with the launch of Hakkasan back in 2001 which showed that Chinese food could be part of the fine dining scene. Ten years on and this basement den remains an excellent destination for delicate dim sum (handcrafted or steamed, braised or fried) or more high end offerings (succulent fish roasted with champagne anyone?), in opulent surroundings. As you would expect, the place is invariably packed, so do make a booking in advance.
8 Hanway Place, W1
020 7927 7000
3 Imperial China
A little oasis in the hustle and bustle of Chinatown, Imperial China is seriously good looking restaurant. Cross the wooden footbridge to reach a spacious, low lit room decorated in dark wood and cream hues. The food is equally stylish: enjoy an a la carte menu of Cantonese seafood dishes (lobster, sea bass, crab and abalone all feature), washed down a wonderful assortment of fine wines, champagnes, cocktails or sake. All told, this is a wonderful place for authentic Chinese food – something the reassuring number of Chinese diners, suggests.
White Bear Yard, 25A Lisle Street, WC2
020 7734 3388
4 Royal China Club
Royal China Club has done much to popularise high end Chinese cuisine. The cooking continues to thrill; don’t miss the white ‘sea cucumber’ sautéed with foie gras, the stir fired veal with black pepper and garlic, the steamed luffa gourd topped with garlic and the imaginative dim sum. Décor is trendy (slatted bamboo walls, swirly carpets and attentive staff clad in black). All in all, this is a Baker Street restaurant that is well worth a visit.
40-42 Baker Street, NW8
020 7486 3898
Yauatcha might have opened its doors seven years ago but is still one of London’s most fabulous and fashionable Chinese dining venues.
This Soho stalwart serves innovative dim sum (think roast duck & pumpkin dumplings, or pear & taro croquettes), as well as range of teas and delicious pastries to a see and be seen crowd; Carrie and the girls would feel right at home here. We wish there were more places like this.
15 Broadwick Street, W1
020 7494 8888