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Summary

£100
£££££
3
Good
3
Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Although the late Sir David Tang’s recreation of Art Deco-era Shanghai in the basement of this famous five-star continues to inspire mention of its ‘arm-and-a-leg’ prices, even those who noted its “eye watering expense” this year thought a trip here was “worth it”. In fact, reporters have become more appreciative in recent years of its classic Cantonese offering, which includes dim sum at both lunch and dinner (the best bet for keeping the bill manageable). In the afternoon, there is also the option of a Cantonese Afternoon Tea. If you want to check it out, start with a cocktail in the superbly evocative bar.

Summary

£103
£££££
3
Good
3
Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Excellent, but expensive” – the late Sir David Tang’s stunning take on Art Deco-era Shanghai has always had vertiginous pricing, but its dependable cooking and “buzzy vibe” have silenced its sterner critics over the years, and the worst anyone has to say about it this year is that it’s “good but not spectacular”. Set in the basement of the Dorchester Hotel and newly refurbished in early 2019, arguably its best feature is its “wonderful cocktail list” and beguiling small bar.

Summary

£103
£££££
3
Good
3
Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Excellent, but expensive” – the late Sir David Tang’s stunning take on Art Deco-era Shanghai has always had vertiginous pricing, but its dependable cooking and “buzzy vibe” have silenced its sterner critics over the years, and the worst anyone has to say about it this year is that it’s “good but not spectacular”. Set in the basement of the Dorchester Hotel and newly refurbished in early 2019, arguably its best feature is its “wonderful cocktail list” and beguiling small bar.

Summary

£84
 ££££
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Modelled after 1930s Shanghai by the late Sir David Tang, this opulent and gorgeous-looking Mayfair basement perennially seemed “expensive for what it is” in the food department. Scores have improved across the board in the past couple of years though, and it’s winning more consistent praise for “excellent” cuisine (Peking duck the speciality) and gluggable cocktails.

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Restaurant details

Yes
22, 18, 18
No dress code
135

Prices

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Pudding
£13.00 £36.00 £10.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £52.00
Filter Coffee £5.00
Extras  
Bread £0.00
Service 12.50%
53 Park Ln, London, W1K 1QA
Opening hours
Monday6 pm‑11 pm
Tuesday6 pm‑11 pm
Wednesday6 pm‑11 pm
Thursday12 pm‑5 pm, 6 pm‑11 pm
Friday12 pm‑5 pm, 6 pm‑11 pm
Saturday12 pm‑5 pm, 6 pm‑11 pm
Sunday12 pm‑5 pm, 6 pm‑11 pm

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