Chinese Restaurants in Mayfair
1. Kai Mayfair Chinese restaurant in Mayfair 65 South Audley St - W1
A stylish Mayfair fixture that pulls out all the stops to provide the best possible Chinese cuisine, with “amazing food” and a “very good, albeit expensive, wine list” (featuring some of the world’s most acclaimed vintages). Proprietor Bernard Yeoh, who represented Malaysia as a trap shooter in the 2004 Athens Olympics, describes it as “liberated Nanyang cuisine” – his take on the cooking of the overseas Chinese throughout southeast Asia.
2. Hakkasan Mayfair Chinese restaurant in Mayfair 17 Bruton St - W1
“Still making an impact” – this blingy brand broke the mould when the “dark” and nightclubby Hanway Place branch debuted in 2001, and, for its army of fans, it “still sets the standard for modern Chinese cuisine”, enhanced by the “extremely lively” atmosphere, which is buoyed along by “ordering one of their many delicious cocktails that leave you in a blissful haze”. Nowadays the cornerstone of an international group with 18 branches across the globe, it’s evidently no longer as cutting-edge as once it was, and ratings slipped a little further this year on gripes that it can seem “so overpriced”. All things considered, though, it retains an impressive level of support.
3. Park Chinois Chinese restaurant in Mayfair 17 Berkeley Street - W1
The aim is to evoke 1920s Shanghai decadence at this opulent Mayfair Chinese, founded by Alan Yau in 2015 and now in the hands of a family of Turkish restaurant owners. Limited feedback this year, but we’ve maintained its rather middling ratings on the basis of repeat feedback that a meal here can seem “ridiculously overpriced”.
4. China Tang, Dorchester Hotel Chinese restaurant in Mayfair 53 Park Ln - W1
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.
5. MiMi Mei Fair Chinese restaurant in Mayfair 55 Curzon Street - W1J
From Jamavar and Bombay Bustle creator Samyukta Nair (who studied in China), this September 2021 replacement to Matsya (RIP) is inspired by 1920s Shanghai and the three-floor restaurant is, apparently, inspired by a reimagination of the building as the secret London residence of Empress Mimi, which means ‘secret’ in Mandarin. Former Hakkasan chef Peter Ho oversees a high-end, modern Chinese menu, including wood-roasted Peking duck. For cocktails, head to The Moon Bar.
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