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|Address:||Royal Garden Hotel, 2-24 Kensington High Street, London W8 4PT|
|Tel:||020 3544 7970|
|Price: £48.00||Wine: £23.00||Champagne: £59.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sun 12N-3pm 6-10.30pm|
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Unfortunately it was dark when we arrived, so didn’t get to enjoy the park vista, but is probably worth getting there before hand for cocktails and sunsets.
Possible my only quibble for the evening was that we sat in the bar waiting for the last of our party to arrive, it took just too long for the waiter to give us the drinks menu and subsequently take our order and deliver the drinks.
Once sat at our table for dinner however, there were no complaints for service. We ordered a dim sum platter, which was very good tasty filling and not too gloopy skins. We went for the squid and soft shell crab in salt, pepper and chilli where were very good.
Next came the Peking duck, pre-ordered at time of booking or it is a 45 min wait, which was deftly carved at the table. Very authentic and very similar to that I’ve had in Beijing. The carcass and remaining meat is then taken away and cooked as a main.
For mains we had the remains of our duck stir fried in ginger and spring onion, crispy sea bass in soya, tofu with prawns and scallops and a forgettable chicken dish. All well cooked and tasty.
The food part of the bill came probably close to £200 for the four of us, which given the quality of ingredients and expert cooking was fair value. However, I’m not sure it is different enough from my local Chinesse Restaurant (which is very good) to really want to race back unless out with clients.