We’re very fond of Min Jiang, not least for the superlative daytime views of Kensington Gardens from the tenth floor of the Royal Garden Hotel. There are many notable Chinese restaurants in London, but none with such a picture-perfect vista. The glassy main room is a serene space in which to dine, but also warm and welcoming, helped along by the emollient nature of the staff.
The restaurant does a roaring trade with its own version of beijing duck – a dish not to be missed by a first-time visitor. The menu also features Sichuan classics such as double-cooked pork with celery, and spicy clay pot venison, as well as luxury ingredients like lobster and abalone.
Although the main dim sum chef has departed, standards have not been greatly affected. Poached beijing dumplings filled with chicken, prawn, chives and dried shiitake had a marvellous waxy texture, and were kicked into life by a vinegar dip. Golden-brown deep-fried yam croquettes with seafood were light and tasty. Finish with flaky egg custard tarts – reassuring proof, if any were needed, that the cooking is not overshadowed by the view.
|Venue name:||Min Jiang||Contact:|
10th floor, Royal Garden Hotel
|Cross street:||2-24 Kensington High Street|
|Opening hours:||Lunch/dim sum served noon-3pm, dinner served 6-10.30pm daily|
|Transport:||Tube: High Street Kensington|
|Price:||Main courses £10-£65. Dim sum £4.60-£6.80. Set dinner £60-£80 per person (minimum 4)|
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Average User Rating
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I travel to London for work and always wanted to try this one because of the rating. I have to say, as a Chinese, I am very disappointed how the food was "modified" to suit western customers. the Kung pao chicken is nothing you would find in China. The lamb was so tough & overcooked that even knife can't cut through.
But the view is just breath-taking. for me, that was the highlight for the dinner, sadly.
Really disappointed with this restaurant. We went for dim sum one quiet weekday lunch time. Service terrible, rigid and unfriendly. We were refused a window table despite there being many available. During our entire meal, no new diners came in and those tables remained vacant. We think the head waitress must have been on some sort of power trip. I have been to many, much better Chinese restaurants in terms of taste and value for money. At this restaurant, you are only paying for the view of the park (not the food) which is limited when you are not next to the window. Will not be coming here again.
I enjoy dim sum here more than their offerings at dinner...probably one of the best places in London for dim sum (admittedly there aren't many good dim sum places around, but Min Jiang is actually quite good). The view from Min Jiang is fantastic.