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“Posh Chinese” pretty much sums up the appeal of this glamorous evergreen in the basement of The Dorchester – a busy haven for wealthy hotel guests (celebrities included), Asian expats, Russian oligarchs and summering sheikhs (a halal menu is available). This is not the place to explore the esoterica of regional Chinese cooking; instead, expect faithful versions of the classic Cantonese repertoire (including all-day dim sum) – minus the MSG. Whether your favourite is chicken with cashews, spicy salt-and-pepper prawns, delicately steamed Chilean sea bass or Peking duck (served over three courses) you’ll find it here – and probably done much better than elsewhere. The final cost is Park Lane-pricey, but the overall experience is commensurately high-end: the surroundings are a stylish homage to 1930s Shanghai (lots of lacquered woodwork, intricately carved screens etc), with white-uniformed waiters delivering respectful service.
China Tang is a Chinese restaurant which resides in the basement of the Dorchester Hotel on Park Lane. We’ve been meaning to go for quite a while now and after a recent meal at A. Wong in Pimlico, we found ourselves craving a bit of dim sum so we popped down for lunch.It was a pretty and quaint restaurant; the dining room felt like an upmarket version of my local Chinese. As we sank back into our sofa banquette, our mood matched the atmosphere; comfortable and relaxed...
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In the London hotel scene, one of the most famous institutions, The Dorchester, is normally associated with English tradition - afternoon tea, sparkly chandeliers and door men with red coats and top hats. Restaurant wise, these kind of hotels with such old-school grandeur have almost always got a celebrity chef at the helm serving the best of British (or wherever they are from).At the Dorchester though, while it does have all of the above, including the Alain Ducasse restaurant, which has an awe-inspiring 3 Michelin stars, our recommendation is for China Tang, a subterranean Chinese food lovers’ paradise,...
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China Tang’s three private dining rooms – Ping, Pang and Pong – are the perfect setting for any personal or professional event, and can be used individually or in combination with each other. The rooms can accommodate from 18-80 seated guests, and up to 100 standing. Each room has an integrated music system, plasma screen, DVD facilities, Wi-Fi internet access and computer connections for presentations or private screenings.
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