Log in or register
close
My AA Account

Sign in to see your cover and request assistance online

Log in

Don’t have a My AA account?

You’ll need your policy or membership number

Create an account

Your Finances

Loans | Savings | Credit Cards

Your Driving Lessons

Book a lesson

AA rating

About this rating

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.

Read more about AA ratings and awards

Exquisitely presented Chinese cooking up in the Kensington air

AA Inspector

At a glance

Open all year
Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access
Service charge
Credit cards accepted

The Royal Garden Hotel is so named because it looks loftily over Kensington Gardens and its palace, and was designed at a time when the first duty of a modern city hotel was to look like a high-rise office block. If that seems a little more prosaic than you were hoping, banish all thought of spreadsheets as you glide through the lobby and on up to the tenth floor, where Min Jiang waits to beguile the senses in contemporary east Asian style. But first, get a load of those commanding views of Kensington at its leafiest; hardly any type of location succeeds in making quite such an impact as one that's high up in the air. The long smart room itself features shelf displays of ceramics and smartly attired, well-spaced tables, and there's also a private room, Chong Qing, in revolutionary red, hung with photographic images of China old and new. Min Jiang's first two incarnations were at top-end hotels in Singapore, and the move into London nearly a decade ago began its international expansion. The kitchen deals in a dynamic mixture of traditional and gently modernised Chinese gastronomy, mobilising the multifarious textures and seasonings of one of the world's great cuisines in a productive contemporary synthesis. So crisp-fried salt-and-pepper squid in garlic and dried chilli, or steamed xiao long bao soup dumplings made with blue swimmer crab, among the appetisers will undoubtedly prove irresistible to traditionalists, but the main dishes bring on exquisitely presented principal proteins, such as stir-fried Alaskan black cod with jade bamboo and cloud ear mushrooms, lobster sautéed in XO sauce, or fine corn-fed chicken stir-fried with broad beans and cashews. Even something as utterly simple as steamed sea bass in its time-hallowed livery of spring onions and ginger seems to attain whole new depth, the fish delightfully fresh and tender, the dressing full of savoury intensity. Meats are similarly memorable, for stewed pork ribs and chestnuts in best soy, sautéed venison with shimejis in fermented yellow bean sauce, and the less widely seen grilled rack of garlicky lamb. A selection of accompanying leaves, choi sum and gai lan, baby pak choi and spinach, complements the main dishes perfectly, and at dessert stage – not traditionally the most exciting moment on a Chinese menu – the full creative instinct is unleashed for white chocolate and chilli cheesecake with sweet-and-sour strawberries, or lemongrass and lime crème brûlée with coconut shortbread and raspberries. The set menus at both lunch and dinner offer a good way of becoming acquainted with the style, and the dim sum menu covers pretty much all bases, from pork and prawn shu mai to basil-scented cuttlefish cakes. Elegant wines and stimulating cocktails are not the least of the attractions.

Also at this location

Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 3
  • Dinner served from: 6
  • Dinner served until: 10.30

Chef

  • Chef: Weng Han Wong

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Chinese
  • Vegetarian dishes available
  • Wines under £30: 2
  • Wines over £30: 229
  • Wines by the glass: 11

Price guide

  • Starter from 8.50
  • Main course from13.50
  • Dessert from6.50
  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted

Accessibility

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome

Facilities

  • Seats: 80
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 20
  • On-site parking available

Additional information

  • Seats: 80
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 20

Getting here

Nearest train station

High Street Kensington
Contact the establishment
Press to call
Tell us about your visit
Tick

Thank you for your feedback