“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.
Grand Imperial London
Asia De Cuba