Very pleasant surroundings and bookable, not always possible at lunchtime in similar restaurants. Tasty dim sum though portions rather uneven, some in dishes of three, some in four. Quality of dim sum not quite on par with Royal China in Queensway (where the bar is set very high) but nice enough in a handy location off Oxford street.
Ming Tang-Evans / Time Out
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Posted: Tue Jun 26 2012
Long known as a specialist in northern Chinese cuisine, Princess Garden also has a range of dim sum that stands comparison with London’s best. As you would expect from the Mayfair address, the menu offers plenty of opportunities to splash out. Peking duck, lobster, shark’s fin and abalone are all available in a range of northern, Cantonese and inventive fusion dishes.
On a recent visit, the dim sum menu lived up to the restaurant’s name: these little dumplings are fit for royalty. Enoki and beef cheung fun featured a perfectly steamed, cloud-light giant noodle wrapped around springy little mushrooms, tender beef and just enough water-chestnuts to create an interesting textural play. Chicken and mushroom steamed buns (baozi) were similarly light in texture, yet deep and rich in flavour.
Popular for business lunches, the venue has an air of formality: light from two window-lined walls is carefully controlled; tables are discreetly distanced from one another; waiting staff are elegantly dressed and helpful. The fully stocked bar, above-average French wine list, fancy address, minimalist decor (dotted with Chinese antiques) and seamless service combine to make this an ideal place to impress your guests.
Princess Garden 8-10 North Audley Street
- Venue phone:
020 7493 3223
- Venue website:
- Opening hours:
Lunch served noon-4pm Mon-Fri; noon-4.30pm Sat, Sun. Dinner served 6.30-11pm Mon-Sat; 6.30-10.30pm Sun. Dim sum served noon-4pm daily
Tube: Bond Street tube
Main courses £9.50-£42. Dim sum £2.80-£3.50
- 8-10 North Audley Street
- 020 7493 3223
- 8-10 North Audley Street
- Princess Garden
Average User Rating
2.6 / 5
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- 2 star:2
- 1 star:1
This is the worse chinese restaurant i really had a high expectation and the dim sum they can refried the spring roll which look burn and serve it along with two fresh ones...omg I really dont understand why would anyone go back. The worse i tried in London. I tired most of the chinese restaurant in London and this one really let me down. Hope they will improve in every way.
Bad acoustic makes that you end up screaming in order to get heard by your guests. The food was not as brilliant as nearby Royal China Club or Yauatcha, and yet the prices are in the same range.
A previous review I read before my visit suggested this restaurant was pretentious but I was keen on a visit regardless. Aesthetically this restaurant is nice, with a comfortable waiting area and sitting arrangements. Nicely located centrally makes this restaurant more appealing I might add but besides that I would call the service provided short of the appropriate standard. Staff weren't as patient and never seem to provide the correct of number of menu's or brawn cracker asked for (I was hungry...). There was always some urgency to provide assistance some where else rather than the current table. The most important of all.. cost of ambience, location and food = Price! Reasonable price per head which an averaging working man would not have many complaints too. I can not really fault the location as it offers multiple channels to access other streams of entertainment after a meal and the food was enjoyable. In summary if you want a good location and a reasonably priced meal, princess garden is ok with that but do not expect anything else. There just wasn't anything that said come back again.