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...Chinese Cuisine

Date: 28.01.11 Category:

“The Year of the Rabbit starts next week, so when it comes to eating Chinese food you can just go on and on and on and on...”

With Chinese New Year celebrations kicking off next week, here are my top picks for London's finest in Chinese cuisine. A delightful mix of delicious traditional offerings and innovative fusion gastronomy, a visit to any will ensure that the Year of the Rabbit is set to be a cracker.

New to the scene and proving to be one of the hottest spots on the dining scene is Hakkasan Mayfair with a brooding but enticing bar and exceptional (if expensive) food. Grand Imperial is the newest on the block and will be offering fine Cantonese cuisine in a decadent setting.

Michelin-starred Kai in Mayfair (as recently seen on Ramsay’s TV show) is worthy of its award as is Goldfish City, which was recently awarded a Bib Gourmand (an accolade that rewards good food at good value prices).

For traditional Chinese cuisine, Min Jiang offers fabulous food complemented by views of Kensington Gardens, which are particularly spectacular at lunch time. China Tang in The Dorchester is renowned for its buzzing ambience making it a favourite for special occasions and those looking to entertain and impress. Yauatcha is a modern-take on a traditional Chinese Tea House with an impressive interior by a designer, Christian Liaigre, who is also responsible for the ever-popular Hakkasan in Hanway Place.

For fusion and Pan-Asian cuisine, Asia de Cuba always delivers fabulous food in an elegant setting. Bam-Bou is a little more informal with a warren of private dining rooms well-suited for group occasions and Mao Tai is a stylish but low-key bar and restaurant that is hugely popular with the young, fun and well-heeled locals of Fulham and Chelsea.

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Grand Imperial London

Grand Imperial London

Restaurant

"The Grand Imperial sees a marriage of grand hotel elegance with authentic Cantonese cuisine. "

101 Buckingham Palace Road, London SW1W 0SJ

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Kai Mayfair

Kai Mayfair

Restaurant

"Michelin-starred Chinese in elegant surroundings sounds more than just o-kai to me."

65 South Audley Street, London W1K 1QU

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Goldfish (City)

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Goldfish (City)

Restaurant

"Memory of a goldfish? Hopefully, because then you can get away with going here for lunch again and again and again and again..."

46 Gresham Street, London EC2

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Min Jiang

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Min Jiang

Restaurant

"Serving critically acclaimed Chinese food, Min Jiang is definitely worth a visit. Go during daylight to really enjoy the view..."

Royal Garden Hotel, 2-24 Kensington High Street, London W8 4PT

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The Dorchester

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The Dorchester

Hotel

"Home to Alain Ducasse, China Tang, The Krug Room and other impeccable spaces for going out and holding events, The Dorchester has..."

Park Lane, London W1K 1QA

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Yauatcha

Yauatcha

Restaurant

"Sleek, funky, sophisticated and Michelin-starred. What other credentials do you require? "

15-17 Broadwick Street, London W1F 0DL

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Hakkasan Mayfair

Hakkasan Mayfair

Restaurant

"Will the second Hakkasan be as successful as the first?"

17 Bruton Street, London W1J 6QB

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Asia De Cuba

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Asia De Cuba

Restaurant

"Serving big portions of delicious Chino-Latino fare, Asia de Cuba delivers any time of day, whatever the occasion. "

45 St Martin's Lane, London WC2N 4HX

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Bam-Bou

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Bam-Bou

Restaurant

"Very different from the other Caprice Holdings restaurants but still brimming with character."

1 Percy Street, London W1T 1DB

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Mao Tai

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Mao Tai

Restaurant with bar

"Relaxed, snug and low-key, enjoy cocktails and Asian light bites at the bar for a not-too-try-hard date."

58 New Kings Road, Parsons Green, London SW6 4LS

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