Grand Imperial 1

101 Buckingham Palace Road , London, SW1W 0SJ

10 reviews

58 Chinese Belgravia

Grand Imperial

SquareMeal Review of Grand Imperial

Imperial by name and imperial by nature, this grand Chinese within Victoria station’s Grosvenor Hotel has been regally decked out according to the principles of feng shui (think 19th-century coved ceilings meet ornate calligraphy screens). Efficient, helpful staff man the room, service is fast and the kitchen offers a “decently priced” hybrid of Cantonese and eclectic Hong Kong-style cuisine, with seafood showing up strongly: try prawn won ton soup, grilled abalone with smoked honey sauce or steamed sea bass with red chilli and yellow bean sauce. Otherwise, the menu follows a fascinating meaty trail from thinly sliced marinated beef with spicy sauce via ‘empress’ chicken with jellyfish to a classy version of Peking duck. A big contingent of affordable dim sum satisfies the lunchtime crowd, and the wine list features some impressive food-friendly Rieslings. There are dreamy Chinese-style afternoon teas too.

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Nearby Tube/Rail Stations

Victoria Tube Station 75m

Victoria Station 275m

Address

Address: 101 Buckingham Palace Road , London SW1W 0SJ

Area: Belgravia

Opening times

Mon-Sun 12N-11pm (Thurs-Sat -12M)

Nearby Landmarks

Victoria Bus Station 67m

Victoria Palace Theatre 170m

Details

Telephone: 020 7821 8898

Website:

Cuisine: Chinese

Private Dining: 30

8.2

Food & Drink: 7.8

Service: 8.2

Atmosphere: 7.9

Value: 7.2

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

Nevine H. silver reviewer 26 January 2014

Good quality, fresh, good value, reminds me of restaurants in Hong Kong (lived there for a few years so I should know!). Its not Hakkasan but then its not trying to be neither in terms of unique modern food style with Michelin Star and prices to match. If you want authentic classic Chinese and are in the neighborhood (we came from Clapham) highly recommend. Service is efficient too. We ate great dim sum chosen from an extensive dim sum menu very fairly priced so easily over ordered, it was all delicious, also the half peking duck which was a treat – couldn't resist! Next time we hanker after Chinese, we will be straight back!

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

Victoria M. bronze reviewer 13 January 2014

We went to the Grand Imperial for a working lunch and were a group of 4. Our name was taken upon arrival and we were seated. Once seated two other waiters came and checked if we had a reservation. The food was nice. We went for the 3-course set menu. We had different starters that were all well presented and tasted good. The mains were generous portions, simple presentation, tasty but nothing special – averagely good chinese food. The green tea brulee is an acquired taste and the passionfruit souflee glace was nice and tasted like semifreddo. Service was efficient but as the only lady at the table I felt a bit dismissed as the waiter (or maybe manager) took drinks orders firstly and only from the guys and all the dishes served at the table were put in front of me last after everyone else. So overall a good lunch, and good value at £17 per head, but left with a mixed feeling from such a Grand restaurant.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

JUNKO H. bronze reviewer 19 August 2013

lovely big whole peking duck , so nice performance! good value

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

Martha I. 19 September 2011

We went to Grand Imperial last week for a special dinner and we were very pleased with the overall meal and hospitality there. Its actually inside the Grosvenor which is being refurbished and looks amazing! Before our meal we had a cocktail at the bar, the barman was charming and suggested a couple of his favourites including the ‘Gamble’ which has a new thing called boba in it. The jazz pianist was great- very romantic. We had a selection of recommended chef's favourites including the signature roast duck for our main which is by far the best Ive eaten and dim sum – the prawns tossed in wasabi mayo were to die for. For dessert we tried the green tea brulee – a nice alternative to cake. Martha

Food & Drink: 1.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 1.0

Harriet B. 06 September 2011

We went for dinner on a tues evening and had the 15 set menu for 2 courses. The service was really excellent and the decor is lovely inside. However the food wasn't great. The starters of dim sum and someone were good if uneventful. However the main courses- beef in sauce and sweet and sour tofu with fruit were really average and tiny portions- I was still really hungry afterwards. Beware- tea costs £4.00 per person and the prices don't include vat!

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

Tony W. 24 March 2011

Enjoyed a great meal at the Grand Imperial last week as a birthday suprise for my girlfriend, she loves Chinese food so i thouight i would give it a try. The service was really friendly and made you feel very relaxed, the food was brilliant and if you come here there are 2 dishes you have to try; the Roasted Peking Duck, as it is the best in London and the Creme Brulee with Green Tea as I havent seen this anywhere else and it was amazing. If this restaurant can continue like this then i would definately recommend it to others.

Food & Drink: 2.0

Service: 2.0

Atmosphere: 2.0

Value: 1.0

Philip W. 04 February 2011

Well what a disappointment. I took some friends last night to the Grand Imperial as it was Chinese New Year. We had had drinks at the bar the week before and it certainly looked like it had promise. Unfortunately there were no celebrations to talk of except a very expensive New Year cocktail and there was absolutely no atmosphere in this very large space. The restaurant was surprisingly quiet. We all selected a Chef's recommended menu three at £40 and one at £35. The food was just okay the dim sum was tasty but two pieces was ridiculous as was the portion of duck that came with it, the large prawn was also disappointing lacking flavour, the spinach soup with scallop was nice but just one scallop! And the noodles with mushrooms were well noodles with mushrooms but hardly a fine dining experience. The Creme Brulee with Geen Tea was the surprise of the evening, absolutely delightful. The service was also very disappointing in one instance three of us had been served our middle course and we had to wait at least five minutes for the final dish to arrive. At these prices this is poor service. Also the food could have been hotter. The overall service was very patchy and not up to the standard I would expect from a restaurant that is clearly pitching itself at the higher end of the market. I really do think this restaurant will struggle unless it get's its act together. The final bill for four was just under £300 with three bottles of wine at sub £30.00. For the overall experience this was too much money and I thought the set menus that we chose were terrible value. Hakkasan has nothing to fear in fact with Hakkasan opening in Mayfair the Grand Imperial will have to up its game as this restaurant is large and will need a great reputation to fill it! PW

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 4.0

Leo D. 26 December 2010

Must check it out. Very posh and nice.

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 5.0

James L. 26 December 2010

The decoration is actually quite chic but with elements of classic victorian. One of the best ceiling i have seen in a restaurant. Nice drinks menu with their own cocktail creations. Food were elegantly served. Service was prompt and attentive. Food wise, it was really good. They have actually blend in Cantonese food with European style. The Foie Gras with Cod Fish was just magnificent. Love the Grilled lamb steak. Really juicy marinated with spices. I went there for a business dinner and it fits the occasion. A restaurant with great potential .

Food & Drink: 3.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 4.0

Angus F. 22 December 2010

Grand chinese restaurant, with very high ceilings and a formal feel. Part of the adjacent hotel. Very attentive service, they really look after you, and excellent food. Nicely decorated, besides the inevitable fish tank. Reasonably priced for lunch, dinner presumably quite expensive. I had hot & sour soup and mixed roast meat (pork belly & duck) which was all very very good and presented in a modern way. Would definately go there again.