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An elaborately decorated three-floor restaurant serving dim sum, plus karaoke rooms.
A small wooden bridge spanning an ornamental fish pond, warm wood panelling, kind lighting and a second floor offering a view of the dining room below set this Cantonese stalwart apart from all others in Chinatown. Yet in every other respect, it’s indistinguishable. Service is efficiently brusque to maximise customer turnover. We’ve often had to wait for a table, whether we had booked in advance or not – as if an empty seat, even for a minute, is seen as a threat to profits. No surprise then, that dishes are delivered quickly. During a weekend dim sum lunch, about a dozen baskets arrived simultaneously, minutes after ordering. There were no standouts among the parade of dishes we tried, but we had no complaints either. The food is reliable, authentic and of decent quality. Portions can be rather miserly, however, especially given the high prices compared to rivals in the neighbourhood. Then again, Imperial China appears to get away with it. The relatively handsome and comfortable decor, accessible location and clean toilets seem to keep the venue consistently popular among both Chinese and Western diners.
Imperial China is situated on Lisle Street in Central London, just off London's famous Chinatown. Since opening for business in 1993, with over twenty years of experience, we have been a familiar sight in the area for many years. Imperial China is one of the largest Cantonese Chinese restaurants in the area, with the highest number of private rooms separated over three floors. Though in Central London, you are immersed in an atmospheric environment upon entry: Outside, a bridge situated over a Koi pond, surrounded by rocky waterfalls; inside, a stylish environment complete with eight variously-sized private rooms. Each of these private rooms is fitted with karaoke functions, and is suitable for both private use or for corporate gatherings. The main restaurant itself can comfortably seat several hundred people, and is perfect for wedding-banquets or other celebrations. It is a wonderful place to go for a meal with friends, old and new.
The kitchen of our restaurant is managed by a celebrated Hong Kong chef, and is made up of specialised sections - The "Main kitchen", the "Dim Sum Kitchen" and the "Roast Kitchen" - which prepare many, well-known, traditional Cantonese dishes; however, that doesn't stop our chefs continuously coming up with new ideas!
During your visit, we highly recommend our speciality dishes, particularly the lobster and seafood dishes. Also, don't forget to try our roast duck, and soy-sauce chicken!