London’s hidden gems truly deserve their label, especially when it comes to the ‘hidden’ part. Best bars tend to hide in the places where you least expect to find them – in the shady basements or behind what looks like a wall with bookshelves or a wardrobe door. And once you are in – the drinking Narnia paradise swipes you off your feet with exquisite cocktails and live music.
Min Jiang restaurant however, being a true Chinese cuisine gem, hides on the 10th floor of the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington offering stunning views to the Hyde Park and Central London. Invited to sample its menu with a lifestyle blogger and now a yoga teacher Sarah Highfield, I mentioned my visit in a conversation with a few West London friends. ‘That place is awesome – I go there now an then, fantastic cuisine and a gorgeous view!’ Well, thank you for telling me about it just now! 🙂
Designed within a penthouse-like space, Min Jiang is a home to Chinese cuisine from China’s most famous gastronomic provinces, and it’s famous for the Beijing Duck dish which is cooked in a wood-fired oven according to Chinese traditions.
Min Jiang’s seasonal Winter Warmers Menu that Sarah and I came to sample is stands to its name and serves delicious food to make you feel good and forget that it’s dark and windy outside. For starter we had Min Jiang Sichuan hot & sour soup, followed by sautéed Gong Bao corn-fed chicken, seasonal vegetables in ginger sauce and stir-fried noodles with scallops & prawns which are traditional main dishes. We also had traditional oolong tea and fresh mint tea with our lunch.
Available Monday-Friday for £30 per person, the Winter Warmers Menu comes in generous portions and is rich in flavours: the soup is thick and spicy and chicken and noodles have distinctive taste. If you are on green smoothies and chicken and broccoli kind of diet, Min Jiang could be your cheat meal day destination. 🙂
Full and happy, Sarah and I both agreed that the place is great for a business lunch, for a dinner date, time out with the family or cocktails in the bar. You choose. Oh, and I bet it’s fantastic for Chinese New Year celebrations – my crystal ball is telling me it will be mad busy so book in advance!