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From China with Love…Ming Jiang at Royal Garden Hotel

by ValentinaLor

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With Chinese New Year just around the corner, you might be wondering where to go for a good quality traditional Chinese meal to celebrate. London offers a wide variety of different cuisines and the Chinese one is probably one of the best represented. However, the level of disappointment is quite high as well. Sometimes it’s the low quality of the food, sometimes it’s the venue, sometimes it simply is a bad copy of how proper Chinese food should look and taste like.

 

If this year you want to have a taste of Chinese fine dining, you should try Ming Jiang at the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington. Occupying the whole tenth floor of the hotel, the restaurant has a beautiful view over Hyde Park – already worth a visit on its own. The bright main room, decorated with a collection of Ming-inspired vases in dark mahogany display units, is quite formal. The service is very professional and attentive, at times bordering on slightly intimidating but overall, pretty friendly.

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The extensive menu including soups, seafood, poultry, meat and noodles shows a variety of influences from different Chinese regions with a Singaporean touch that makes the dishes lighter – with less fat and oil and more refined. While you’ll find these options high quality and tasty – made with fresh ingredients and well prepared, the absolute winner is the chef’s special, wood-fired Beijing Duck. Better if ordered in advance, the duck is made following an ancient recipe and usually presented in two servings. This is definitely what you should have if it’s your first time at Ming Jiang and you up for something really traditional.

 

There is also  a dim sum menu and a respectable drink menu including cocktails, sake, teas and a selection of wines that match quite well with the flavours of the dishes served. But be prepared, it’s not going to be cheap, this is definitely a special-occasion restaurant but worth trying at least once; the experience will most likely make you forget any previous let-downs.

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