Mr Chow has been playing host to the ‘rich and famous’ since 1968 and it continues to attract Knightsbridge’s money-no-object diners – a fact evident from the number of customers on our visit. We sat in the small but glossy room on the ground floor, the space buffed up by modern art, soft leather banquettes and elegant rosewood chairs.
Having pioneered the upmarket, western-friendly form of London’s Chinese restaurants, Chow’s remains a crowd-pleaser with its Tinsteltown take on Cantonese cooking. We enjoyed a starter of minced squab chicken with diced vegetables, but turnip puffs were dry and only just saved by a garlicky chilli sauce. Beef fillet was tender, yet came with too much oyster sauce, making it a bit gloopy. Chicken served with prawns, scallops and wood-ear fungus had been sautéed with an excess of rice-wine vinegar, but the fried rice was blameless.
The chatty service team have been here for a long time, and it’s good to see that they have built up a relationship with the regular customers. Our request for a doggie bag was accepted without a hint of snobbishness, which went some way towards justifying the 13% service charge.
|Venue name:||Mr Chow||Contact:|
|Opening hours:||Lunch served 12.30-3pm Tue-Sun. Dinner served 7pm-midnight daily|
|Transport:||Tube: Knightsbridge tube|
|Price:||Main courses £14.50-£38. Set lunch £24. Set dinner £45-£50. Cover £2|
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Service excellent Ambiance excellent Food ... Appalling ! Post apocalyptic orange chicken satay with tasteles cream coloured muck on top ! Green prawns ... Chernobyl style nuclear green slop sauce ... I returned all and the service was so wonderful they didn't charge for the dishes we binned ! I really hope they employ a chef soon and get a menu ... Frankly at this point reheating Waitrose would be a better option for them ! Amazing they are still in business but I do hope they stay in business and sort their menu out...😃
It was my forth visit in ten years and I am dissapointed to report that it will be my last. There is no doubt that about six years ago the food matched the exquisite service and beautifully conserved interior. I am sure that a decade or two before Mr Chow was the special choice for a perfect occassion. Now, I feel that the interior design and the over familiar but perfectly pitched service has been bady type cast with the mediocre food to produce, for the price, a dissapointing ensemble. In fact my wife and I felt as if we had been conned when we received the bill and robbed since we paid it. For two of us, starter and a main course each, a gin and tonic and two beers we were asked to pay £187.00. The appropriately named "gamblers duck" (Peking, with pancakes in the real world) was nothing special and came in red for us when we had bet on black. The 'trying to be different' Satay Chicken was strange but I will admit the Sea Bass was good. Although the price was high, for a special occassion, I would have accepted it at value had the food been exceptional. My only recommendation is that until the chef has been replaced for a better one, steer clear of Mr Chow.
There is no service in the restaurant, though they charge 13% for it. Apart from cover charge 2 pounds per head. This little star is for food quality only, which was nice. However not for this price. It states in the menu that spend should hit 30 pounds per head for food only, excluding drinks. So if you "under ate" you still will be charged 30 pounds per person. On top of service and cover charge...Is all about charge there! Staff is mean, no sign of respect and even politeness. You can have dinner at Nobu, eat more food for less money and have nice service.
The worst service I've ever experienced in London, stuff is completely unprofessional and rude. S**t place. Never again.