Supremely elegant Chinese food set in a 1930s jazz lounge.
Park Chinois is so atmospheric, I wasn’t sure if I was in Mayfair, or if I’d travelled through time and space to 1930s Shanghai. If its fancy Berkeley Street neighbours are the Joneses, then Alan Yau’s beautiful new restaurant is more than keeping up.
Impressions were spotless from the off. As you walk up the stairs to the entrance you’ll be greeted by a bright pink cherry blossom tree and a wonderfully enigmatic doorman. Entering the lobby, you’re disarmed by a wall of heat from the roaring fire and a host of charming, well, hosts. Led into the restaurant proper, you’ll find yourself in an atmospheric jazz club; covered in rich red velvet and with an abundance of fringing, heavy swathes of taffeta draped over the curtains, with lounge style tables and curved chairs positioned towards a jazz quartet. It’s the perfect location for a date – instead of pretending to care how someone’s day was, you can sit next to each other in comfortable silence while the jazz plays.
And whether you decide to live out some sort of ‘Lady and the Tramp’ fantasy or not, order the park carbonara – slinky udon, rich orange yolk, umami-packed sea urchin, pansies and nori dust. It was a brilliant, Asian ode to the classic Italian dish. Elsewhere, the famous duck, though incredibly full-flavoured, was cut into chunky pieces rather than being shredded – best reserved for dinner with friends as it’s not particularly conducive to ladylike eating. The same goes for the delicious smoky ribs.
With a theatrical setting, clever cocktails, thoroughly charming staff and a relaxed atmosphere, especially given how high-end it is – Park Chinois, I get a kick out of you.
Menus are largely Chinese; the techniques are traditional, yet the ingredients used are chosen by merit and taste, resulting in a progressive approach to the menu. The menu stays true to the five flavours of the Chinese repertoire and achieves balance through the unique use of European and Pan Asian ingredients. Chef Lee and his team cook from the heart, preparing and creating dishes that are balanced to appeal to both Chinese and Western palates.
There are two distinct theatrical dining rooms, both offeirng a space and experience unparalleled in London. On the ground floor, The Salon de Chine delivers a collection of London’s most talented Divas performing angelic renditions of classic swing ballads, whilst Club Chinois, sitiuated on the lower ground, is committed to those are willing to indulge in hedonistic and daring immersive theatre experiences.
Three VIP areas will enhance your private event with impeccable hospitality in a world-class scene.
|Venue name:||Park Chinois||Contact:|
17 Berkeley St
|Transport:||Tube: Green Park.|
|Price:||Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £200.|
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