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Seen from up on the 10th floor of the swanky Royal Garden Hotel, the splendid views across the treetops of Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens to the city skyscrapers spearing the skyline are worth the price of a lunch at Min Jiang. That magnificent cityscape is no longer such a draw after dark, of course, but the strikingly stylish dining room featuring blue-and-white Chinese porcelain, red lacquered walls hung with black-and-white photos, and tables swathed in crisp white linen is a fine sight, and the service is professional and ready with guidance on the ins and outs of the menu. Whatever the time of day, the food doesn't take a backseat to the opulent surroundings. Upscale Chinese cuisine in five-star hotels is not always the best idea – you may find yourself eating sweet-and-sour pork at about ten times what it would cost in Chinatown – but here, authenticity in ingredients, seasonings and timings is assured. Dim sum is a star attraction, and there are some interesting meat-free options such as tofu with morel mushrooms in black bean sauce. A great dish of sliced pork belly with crispy fried bean curd and pillowy steamed buns makes a simple but harmonious beginning, while sweetcorn soup with blue swimmer crab meat is also a good bet. Among main courses, grilled rack of lamb comes with garlic-infused soy sauce, or you might go for roasted chicken with five spice salt and refined ginger saucing to unleash its wonderful flavours. The kitchen does a very fine rendition of wood-fired Beijing duck in the classic two servings, but you'll need to order this in advance. If you’re in the mood for fish, there may be pan-fried black cod in XO sauce with asparagus. There are thoughtfully constructed desserts too, as the creative modern approach here produces coconut treacle pudding with spiced pineapple compôte for an outstanding finish.

Awards, Accolades & welcome Schemes

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3 Rosette Award for Culinary Excellence

Authentic Chinese flavours and one of London’s best views

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- AA Inspector
Min Jiang
Royal Garden Hotel, 2–24 Kensington High Street, LONDON, W8 4PT

Features

Facilities
  • Seats: 80
  • Private dining available
  • On-site parking available
Accessibility
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome
Opening Times
  • Open all year
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 3
  • Dinner served from: 6
  • Dinner served until: 10.30
Food and Drink
  • Wines under £30: 2
  • Wines over £30:
  • Wines by the glass: 11
  • Cuisine style: Chinese

About The area

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The UK's capital was founded by the Romans shortly after they invaded in 43AD. Since then it’s evolved into one of the greatest cities on earth. From a bloody, squalid history to the vanguard of fashion in the Swinging 1960s to the buzzing metropolis it is today, London has something for everyone. There are very British pursuits like the Oxford and Cambridge boat race, changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace and an impressive collection of traditional English pubs. And that’s not to mention world-renowned arts venues, galleries and museums, award-winning theatre and unrivalled shopping – all found within a few Tube stops of each other.

London’s royal history is not to be missed. Visitors can roam around one of Britain’s finest medieval castles and royal prison, and learn about the final days of Anne Boleyn at the Tower of London or, for the less bloodthirsty, visit the Queen’s London home, Buckingham Palace. Don’t miss out on exploring the capital’s Royal Parks – from St James’ Park and Hyde Park in the centre to the majestic Hampton Court and wilderness of Richmond Park in the southwest.

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