The late Sir David Tang’s love letter to the glamour of a vanished Shanghai has lost none of its ability to dazzle with its unstinting dedication to Cantonese authenticity.
There’s a wonderfully louche 1930’s feel to this space that, thanks to its basement location and separate entrance, has none of the vacant blandness still prevalent in so many high end hotel restaurants. The carpets are deep, the silver chopsticks are gleaming and the vibe of understated opulence is utterly beguiling.
Food and Drink
People who haven’t dined here for years still wax lyrical about the ultra-juicy Peking duck and it’s an essential order if this is your first time. For a lunchtime visit, exploring their wealth of dim sum dishes such as Chiu Chow Dumplings with chicken, prawn, scallop, peanuts, yam beans and coriander or Lo Mai Gai, a sensational pairing of glutinous steamed rice with chicken, mushroom, and dry scallops is a sure fire way to immerse yourself in Cantonese flavours. The bar has an immense list of Japanese, American and Scottish whiskies, Best of all, you can order a full meal in the bar without a reservation.
Eating here still feels like a genuine escape from the vicissitudes of Park Lane. Staff make you feel like you could stay here and eat for days should you so wish. Here lies everything you could reasonably expect from a Mayfair hotel restaurant: originality, discretion and no small measure of timeless class.
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