So I entered here with some caution about the over-hyping and effusive comments I had read and heard. My Chinese friends all say it’s not a proper Chinese restaurant to the extent I sense it’s almost become now not cool to say you eat there. My co-eater once more was the ‘mandarin-fluent’ Miss C who, for background, breezed in 33 minutes late with no more than a vague hint of an insincere apology….but was reluctantly forgiven d... due to looking absolutely divine. A couple of cocktails at the bar to start with served by friendly bar staff. A good cocktail range all priced around the average you would expect so no unpleasant surprises there. And so to the restaurant area, and first reaction was the maximum use made of space for tables. Very limited room for waiters to manoeuvre and at times it almost felt like we were in a wagamama bench format. A seemingly minor point but table size was also quite small and given the format of Chinese eating tends to bring more dishes than usual everything felt just a bit too crammed in. So far, I’m at 5 out of 10. The food, we ordered Shanghai dumplings and soft shell crab as starters. The dumplings were just unbelievable, the best I have ever had and the soft shell crab was full of fresh flavour and perfectly spiced. Neither of us could fault…and that was despite the often captious Miss C having spent some time in Shanghai. Now we’re at 10 out of 10. Main course was led by Angus rib-eye, scallops and prawn cake and black truffle roast duck. Everything just oozed flavour – for long moments there was no conversation needed. As much as we tried to find fault it really was everything we had hoped and more. Now at 11 out of 10. We managed a couple of desserts to share which were acceptable but I guess is not the main reason you’d be coming here. To remind us how limited the table space was Miss C then decided to flamboyantly spill a rather viscid dessert wine over my sleeve….nice. Cue insincere apology….again instantly forgiven. An amazing meal, fantastic venue, if a little too focussed on maximising prime London floor space. And the bill…don’t ask, and don’t think about it, and you will not regret it.