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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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Upscale Chinese dining amid Victorian grandeur

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At a glance

All day dining
Vegetarian menu
Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access
Service charge

The oriental artefacts, artworks, calligraphy and black lacquered seats illustrate that classic and modern Cantonese cooking is the Grand Imperial's business these days. There's a dim sum menu at lunchtime, with intriguing options such as abalone and prawn dumpling, marinated jellyfish with wasabi, or steamed chicken claws in black bean sauce. Dim sum appear on the carte menu too, otherwise set out with salt-and-pepper soft-shelled crab, or soups such as hot-and-sour Szechuan soup with lobster, before mains of sautéed scallop, prawn and broccoli in XO sauce, braised whole turbot with turnip and spring onions, or classic Peking duck.

Opening hours

  • Closed: 25–26 December
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Dinner served until: 10.45
  • All day dining


  • Chef(s): Rand Cheung

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Cantonese, Chinese
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Wines under £30: 10
  • Wines over £30: 60
  • Wines by the glass: 12

Price guide

  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome


  • Seats: 140
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 26
  • Off-site parking available: NCP

Additional information

  • Seats: 140
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 26

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