Review on Park Chinois
Restaurateur Alan Yau OBE best known for founding Wagamama, Hakkasan and Yauatcha has launched his most opulent restaurant to date with Park Chinois in affluent Mayfair. Spanning two floors the venue pays homage to the dinner dances of 1930's Shanghai, with the main dining room on the ground floor and Club Chinois downstairs.
Designed by French architect Jacques Garcia, it struts its stuff in a bewitching setting of spectacular opulence, walls are lined with swags of rich crimson curtains and gold candelabras. Matching crimson frilly lamp stands separate the crisp white linen laid tables, with seating upholstered in pretty floral pink and pale blue fabric from the French house Prelle. The piano is situated on an elevated stage at one end of the room providing background music while diners enjoy their meal.
Starting off with the duck de chine, Peking duck roasted to order, served with pancake, baby cucumber, spring onion, duck sauce or the Beluga Imperial Caviar may seriously dent the bank balance, so you may prefer to opt for the soft shell crab, coconut, curry leaf and dried red pepper chill or dim sum in the shape of Shanghai pork gyoza or venison puff. Follow on with Cantonese roast duck à l'orange, Pierre Moncuit Champagne sauce or from the sea there's grilled black cod with sake and soya. Desserts promise upmarket ideas like banana flambé, chocolate brownie, peanut ice cream and caramelised peanut or chocolate soufflé served with hazelnut ice cream.
Lee Che Liang
Restaurant Opening Times
Lunch: 12.00 - 3.00pm (12.00 - 4.00pm Sat & Sun)
Dinner: 6.00pm - 2.00am (6.00pm - 12.00am Sun)
Accepted credit cards
Visa, American Express