2-24 Kensington High Street, LONDON, W8 4PT
Seen from up on the 10th floor of the swanky Royal Garden Hotel, the splendid views across the treetops of Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens to the city skyscrapers spearing the skyline are worth the price of a lunch at Min Jiang. That magnificent cityscape is no longer such a draw after dark, of course, but the strikingly stylish dining room featuring blue-and-white Chinese porcelain, red lacquered walls hung with black-and-white photos, and tables swathed in crisp white linen is none too shabby a sight, and the service is proficient and ready with guidance on the ins and outs of the menu. Whatever the time of day, the food doesn't take a backseat to the surroundings. Upscale Chinese cuisine in five-star hotels is not always the best idea (the risk is that you find yourself eating sweet-and-sour pork at about ten times what it would cost in Chinatown), but here, authenticity in ingredients, seasonings and timings is assured. Dim sum make a fine introduction, including fried cuttlefish cake with sweet basil and lemongrass, and pan-fried lobster buns, all perfectly textured and feather-light. Fans of Beijing duck should consider the kitchen's take on this classic, the wood-fired meat served in a series of imaginative presentations. Otherwise, go for main items such as steamed sea bass with preserved turnip and dried shrimp in soy sauce, or venison fillet in cumin and pepper sauce, with a side dish perhaps of egg fried rice with blue swimmer crab and asparagus. There are great desserts too, as a creative modern approach here produces jackfruit cheesecake with caramelised cashews and pandan ice cream, or poached black sesame dumplings.
Tel: 020 7361 1988
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Open all year.
Cooking type: Chinese
Chef: Weng Han Wong, Steve Munkley
Number of seats: 100
Accessible for wheelchairs.
A La Carte Dinner Main Course from: £12.00
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