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Grand Imperial Review [London]


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Grand Imperial Review [London]

jonY | Feb 26, 2011 09:55 AM

Here is my review of this restaurant after having a dim sum lunch here today.

-The room-
Located right outside Victoria tube station in the Grosvenor Hotel, upon entering, the room immediately impresses with high ceilings and a tasteful decoration. It was rather quiet with only a few occupied tables which immediately put a bit of doubt in my mind on the quality of the food. How wrong I was.

-The food-
The dim sum portion of the menu occupies the last three pages and there is a somewhat select number of choices available.

Right from the get go my lips were given a real treat. The fried turnip cake was tasty and fragrant followed by the black cod dumplings and the chive and prawn dumplings. To sum up all the dumplings, the skins were light and thin and the fillings were extremely flavoursome. I ordered the usual siu mai, bbq pork buns, bbq pork cheung fun, pork ribs, egg tarts which were all done to a very high standard. The roast duck was good but nothing special. The preserved egg and pork congee was somewhat average as well.

The stand out dishes that I had were the dumpling in soup and the foie gras and beef dumpling. At £5.50 a pop for the dumping in soup, the broth was rich and the dumpling filled with a myriad of goodness. The foie gras and beef dumpling (more like a pan fried gyoza) was juicy and rich with a crispy skin.

-The servce-
My waiter Alex was fantastic. He was pleasant and knowledgable, entertaining all my questions about the restaurant and the chef. He also advised me that there was a top table offer coming up next month which I would highly recommend.

-The bill-
At £99 for 3 people it was a bit on the pricey end but I may have gone a bit overboard on the amount of food ordered which meant I had to doggy bag some of the food! The portion of duck was quite overpriced at £20 but as for the overall experience, I felt it was worth every penny. Set in the same arena in terms of price range and level of cuisine to Min Jiang and Royal China Club, I felt Grand Imperial was heads above. It was a truly delightful experience and I will be back as soon as I book my toptable offer!

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