I was invited to review Park Chinois and my food was complimentary. I was not paid to attend and was not under contractual obligation to write this blog post or create content on any platform.
There are several places in London that can be relied on to bring the glamour to your evening but I have a place that is just simply dripping in glitz and sparkle! Park Chinois, located on the prestigious Berkeley Street in Mayfair, has been inspired by the decadence of 1930s Shanghai with plush red velvet, gold everywhere and hanging lights. The style is big, bold and beautiful and you can’t help but be transported out of London and back to another time. The restaurant itself is a concept by Alan Yau who already leads the pack with fine dining restaurants such Hakkasan and Yauatcha (now sold) and uber brand Wagamama.
With Chinese New Year festivities still in full swing, there’s a wishing tree in the entrance to the restaurant. If you head downstairs you’ll find Club Chinois, I’ve been there at the weekend and you an expect to have your mind blown by sophisticated cabaret acts whilst you dine on a selection of fine cuisine.
This Tuesday night was a more low-key affair and started off in the restaurant’s Wave Bar which serves classic cocktails as well as new creations.
We soon took our seats in Salon de Chine, an utterly sensational dining room with seats configured around a central stage, throughout the evening we were treated to performances from a live singer and jazz band. I can easily say that this restaurant is one of the most atmospheric in London, there was an incredible buzz and just about every seat in the house was occupied.
The menu is an exploration of fine Chinese cuisine with a few options for small plates and bigger. We opted for plump and fluffy prawn dim sum, utterly delicious especially when paired with the chilli sauce.
Bang bang chicken salad was refreshing while chilli chicken with spicy Sichuan red pepper is just utterly delicious, with crisp chicken surrounded by the hottest peppers. If you’re like me and like your food as spicy as possible, this is a must order.
The whole roasted duck is a signature dish at Park Chinois but having attempted to eat a whole duck between us before we requested a half. Duck is so rich anyway if you order a whole one you end up with no space for anything else.
When you grow up eating Peking duck from the local Chinese, you don’t realise how incredible it can be until you try it from somewhere as good quality as Park Chinois and other top Chinese restaurants such as Hutong, Hakkasan and Lung King Heen (the best Chinese restaurant in the world in Hong Kong). The perfect crisp skin, the fine layer of fat and the juicy meat is just the most perfect combination and of courses it’s served with the usual pancakes, leeks, cucumber and hoisin sauce.
The richness of the duck does make it particularly filling but off course we soldiered on with main courses. Mr S selected braised Chilean wagyu beef short ribs and black bean sauce. Despite the undeniably amazing quality of Wagyu beef, unfortunately I’m not a huge fan as I find it was rich, especially in the sauce and quite a large portion size, admittedly we struggled to finish it. I personally preferred the beautifully cooked lighter option of steamed wild sea bass with soya, ginger and spring onions which we chose along with some steamed rice and a portion of morning glory.
Our full stomachs meant it was a no to the warm apple tart with biscuit, caramel and vanilla ice cream that was calling my name and we ordered a palate cleansing sorbet instead.
Mr S and I had a truly fabulous time at Park Chinois, a place that just excels in the three important areas of atmosphere, food and service! A big thank you for having us, we’ll certainly be back again and again!
17 Berkeley Street
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