MiMi Mei Fair

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Silver Award

SquareMeal Review of MiMi Mei Fair

Silver Award

In case there’s any confusion, MiMi is a fictional empress and the owner of this Mayfair townhouse, a nuance dreamed up by owner Samyukta Nair. It sounds a bit bonkers, and it is but it’s an element that completely encapsulates the eccentric, fun and frivolous experience that eating at MiMi Mei Fair is.

Dining spaces are split across three floors and it’s obvious from as soon as you walk through the door that this is a no expenses spared type of spot. Downstairs wooden booths feel like stepping onto the Orient Express while upstairs we found our table tucked away in a corner of The Library. Little pleated lampshades, painted silk wallpaper and thick tasselled curtains set the tone for a luxurious evening that evokes the glamour of the 1920s. Granted, this could be perceived as pretentious but the lively ambiance and meticulously mastered service result in a surprisingly relaxed vibe.

The absolute knock-out dish is the house signature – the apple wood-fired roasted Peking duck that comes in a flurry of theatre to your tableside. There’s a chef, in a hat, with a cleaver. There are the noises from other guests and then there’s a little plate of crispy skin that lands in front of you with a bowl of brown sugar to dip to whet your appetite. The rest of the carved bird follows and is chaperoned by a platter of dips that go way beyond the usual hoi sin sauce - it's interactive dining at its best. Our favourite pancake filling was a combination of chilli sauce, garlic and crisp radishes with hunks of breast meat and shavings of crispy skin. It’s one of those things you can’t stop thinking about for days afterwards. The only criticism is that leftovers aren’t permitted to be taken away and for two people, as a starter, it's a lot.

Other treats we loved were langoustine wrapped in crisp vermicelli-like pastry and topped with truffle as well as a generous portion of the perfect fried rice and spicy Singaporean prawns. Complex and interesting cocktails pair perfectly with the gaiety of dining here, and generously sweet desserts are the ideal finishing touch.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - Over £80
Cuisines
Chinese
Ambience
Cool, Fine dining, Glamorous, Luxury, Themed
Other Awards
SquareMeal London Top 100
Food Occasions
Dinner, Lunch
Special Features
Gluten-free options, Vegetarian options
People
Celebrations, Dates, Special occasions
Food Hygiene Rating

About MiMi Mei Fair

Opening a high-end Chinese in Mayfair takes a certain kind of confidence when you’re rubbing shoulders with established favourites such as Hakkasan and Park Chinois. This isn’t a new brand opened on a whim however, it’s a carefully considered venture from already established restaurateur, Samyukta Nair who is behind both Mayfair’s Jamavar and Bombay Bustle.

In her third restaurant the entrepreneur is keen to reflect the cooking of old-world China, taking guests on a journey of dishes inspired by Empress MiMi — fictional owner of the town house and keeper of the most revered Chinese culinary secrets, she says. Chinese-Singaporean Executive Chef Peter Ho heads up the kitchen and has developed a range of menus to allow for flexible dining. Pick between an a la carte (which runs with a comforting selection of familiar favourites as well as some more unusual options), tasting menus, pre-theatre specials, or sharing feasts.

Starters include dishes like salt and pepper silken tofu, xiao long soup dumplings and roasted Cantonese char siu Norfolk Black pork with raw wildflower honey. For mains choose between a far-reaching selection of meat, fish and plant-based options which range from Hunan crispy seabass through to clay pot aubergine with black beans. For dessert the house special is a flourless chocolate bar with a mandarin and peach crunch and vanilla bean ice cream.

The restaurant is found in a Georgian townhouse and has been built up through a series of plush rooms which are furnished in rich colours and layers of textural elements. Think timber screen salons, hand painted silk wallpaper, velvet boot seating, a scalloped marbled floor and aged brass fixtures. With each space bringing a unique vibe, the mood shifts from room to room but wherever you land there will picture perfect angles from your seat. There are private dining spaces too, for exclusive celebrations, and the basement bar offers a snug hideaway for high-end cocktails at the end of the evening.


FAQs

Who is the head chef at Mimi Mei Fair?

Peter Ho is the restaurant's executive chef and brings with him a wealth of experience having spent time at Michelin starred Lei Garden in Singapore, My Humble House Beijing and Hakkasan in London.

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Who owns Mimi Mei Fair?

Samyukta Nair owns Mimi Mei Fair, who is a fashion and restaurant entrepreneur. Other restaurant brands include Jamavar and Bombay Bustle.

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Are there gluten-free options on the menu at Mimi Mei Fair?

Yes there are gluten-free options on the menu at Mimi Mei Fair.

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Is there a bar at Mimi Mei Fair?

Yes, in the basement there's a fantastic little bar with bunker rooms where you can grab a cocktail before or after dinner. It's reserved for dinner guests only currently, so you'll have to be eating upstairs to bag a seat here.

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What's the menu like at Mimi Mei Fair?

Mimi Mei Fair serves a menu of contemporary Chinese food. Expect dim sum, roast duck, noodles, hot pot dishes and more.

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Is there a dress code at Mimi Mei Fair?

There's no official dress code and the whole restaurant is luxe yet laid back which makes it feel like a dress and heels or jeans and a jumper would be equally as appropriate.

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Location

55 Curzon Street , Mayfair, London, W1J 8PG

020 3989 7777

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Opening Times

Lunch
Mon 12:00-14:30
Tue 12:00-14:30
Wed 12:00-14:30
Thu 12:00-14:30
Fri 12:00-14:30
Sat 12:00-14:30
Sun 12:00-14:30
Dinner
Mon 17:30-22:30
Tue 17:30-22:30
Wed 17:30-22:30
Thu 17:30-22:30
Fri 17:30-22:30
Sat 17:30-22:30
Sun 17:30-22:00

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