Enter an era of glamour and decadence of 1930’s Shanghai! Behind the intriguing red doors is the spectacular world of Park Chinois, the newest creation of Alan Yau, the star behind Hakkasan. Discover fine dining at its finest as you get to live a dining experience like no other.
Located in the very chic area of Mayfair, Park Chinois is the latest hotspot in London where the 1930’s Shanghai supper clubs meet today’s London’s night life. Nestled behind jade iron glades and a cherry blossom tree, this sumptuous palace opens its doors to a world filled with enchantement and excitement.
The interior is inspired by aesthetics of French chinoiserie that reflect the mystical oriental jazz clubs where dining and dancing used to go hand in hand. The decor is mind-blowing with rich red velvet colours and white marble floors.
Salon de Chine is the main dining room located on the ground floor. It is an opulent and magnificent room showcasing the best of chic chinoiserie with lounged style tables, curved chairs and an atmospheric live jazz ambiance. The combination of style, glitz and live music that reign in this dining room boast an unrivalled feeling of grandeur.
Club Chinois is located on the lower ground floor. It has black and gold tones and a modern vibe with DJ’s spinning into the dark of the night.
The wonderful staff is another strong asset of Park Chinois. They look very smart and wear white jackets and black bow ties. From the moment you enter, they make you feel like a VIP as they pamper you throughout the evening. All members of the waitstaff are professional, friendly and accommodating. They anticipate every mood and ask.
The menu is Chinese but not defined by a specific region. It traverses the length of China with Cantonese dim sums, lacquered Peking duck and many other specialties. Prices are rather on the high end but dishes are generous and designed for sharing. The exquisite menu can be enjoyed across both floors.
We enjoyed the group menu on a busy Saturday night as we were a group of 8 girls. The menu was extensive and flavourful. It includes 10 extraordinary dishes.
We started with the soft shell crab with chili, coconut and curry leaf, as well as some scallop dumplings and the bang bang chicken salad. All three dishes were a killer. The crab was delicious with soft and crunchy texture. The chicken salad was full of flavours and the dumplings were divine.
We continued with some mains, starting with the Peking duck that came with pancakes, fresh veggies and hoisin sauce. The duck was roasted to perfection. The skin was crunchy while still retaining the duck fats. It was just so yummy!
Then, we enjoyed five other main dishes including: New Zealand scampi vermicelli with egg, ginger and spring onion; beef short ribs with baby shallot and black bean; steamed wild sea bass with soya, ginger and spring onions; braised chicken with pied bleu, shiitake and abalone mushroom; and a dish of mixed Chinese veggies. All dishes were out of this world and the portions were so generous. The beef was so chic, and its sauce a real winner. The fish was my favourite; every bite felt like an explosion of Asian flavours in my mouth.
Throughout our evening, we enjoyed a couple of cocktails. Park Chinois has an excellent cocktail menu where each creation is a piece of art.
Overall, we had a memorable and fabulous evening at Park Chinois. The restaurant is full of surprises and offers an elevated dining experience filled with enchantment and excitement. I can only highly recommend it.