“Goingfor a Chinese” doesn’t usually involve heading up to the 10th floor of the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington, but when it does you’re definitely in for a good time. With amazing views over Kensington Gardens and the city, and super slick service, Min Jiang is one of the classiest Chinese joints in town and, happily, the food is right up there too. We loved the steamed dim sum platter and the crab meat xia long bao (soup-filled dumplings) for starters which was followed by the restaurant’s speciality of wood-fired Beijing crispy duck. A portion of the duck is carved table side and served with pancakes while the rest of it is served in a choice of 4 ways – we went for it diced with fried rice but you can also have it with noodles, lettuce wraps or in soup.
The feast continued with Alaskan black cod fillet roasted in Sha Cha sauce and served with cloud ear mushrooms; Sichuan dan dan noodles with minced pork; and stir-fried tender broccoli in salted fish sauce. Admittedly the prices are a little steeper than your local takeaway but for a top-level Chinese experience, this takes some beating.
Min Jiang, Royal Garden Hotel, 2-24 Kensington High Street, London, W8 4PT