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Hyde Park Corner
Mon-Sun 11:30 - 0:00
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Recommended Reviews for China Tang
17 reviews in English
Review from Jai S.
- 1 friend
Greenwich Village, Manhattan, USA
One of the best Chinese restuarants in London! The food never fails to impress me. The duck is excellent. I must make a special shout out to Stuart (not sure what his Chinese name is) who is one of the waiters. He is extremely helpful when ordering and has been working there for over a decade.
Review from Paul C.
- 3 friends
Some of the best Chinese food in London. Great location, at the back of the Dorchester Hotel, and the restaurant bar is a good place to start the evening. Sure, you'll pay a lot for the food and drink here, but it's worth it. The duck and the beef were the two highlights, and a good selection of wine. You can easily spend £100-150 per person so be prepared.
Certainly recommend for special occasions.
Review from Trang H.
- 57 friends
China Tang is the only Chinese restaurant in London that comes close to the Chinese restaurants back home, in LA, OC, and San Diego.
The two-course Peking duck dish was well done. The chilli prawns was ordinary but the braised pork belly with fermented vegetables made up for it twice over. The pork belly dish was well seasoned, smoky with intense flavour and aroma. The noodle dish was just ok but the fried rice was a good companion to the salty dishes.
Other things of note:
The wine list is extensive.
The bar area is great.
The decor is interestingly sparkly.
It is dressy and pricey but if you want Chinese food at the Dorchester, you know what you're getting into.
I imagine they do dim sum pretty well here.
Review from Bryan C.
- 0 friends
The service was excellent, and the staff was very friendly. The food was nothing to write home about though. I started out with the Double mushroom soup which was good, but not excellent. The pepper beef, which was recommended to me, was cooked perfectly but the flavor was bland except for the overwhelming taste of pepper (i like pepper but i also wanted to taste the beef). The warm chocolate pudding dessert was good but it was just a a gooey chocolate lava cake , and i've made this at home before and it's just as good. Lastly the Mohito tasted a bit like a sugary Robitussen.
If you want to go to a place that has incredible service, and overpriced food and drink, this is the place. Otherwise, you can find something tastier a couple of miles away in ChinaTown next to Leicester Square
Review from Trisha C.
- 73 friends
First off let me just say that the food deserves 4 stars, but there is a reason that I'm giving this just 3 stars. The service isn't very good at all.
I expected so much more from the Dorchester.
At an upscale restaurant you normally get service as if you were their only customer. The staff is attentive and affectionate. Always at your beck and call. Well at China Tang they treated us as if we weren't there, as if we weren't special, and as if we were invisible. In fact the only time they really paid attention to us was when they brought us our food. We had to ask to have our wine and water poured instead of them always making sure that our glass was full, and even to order we had to hunt a waiter down. Ridiculous!
But like I said before, the food was delicious! So I can't complain about that. I would recommend only for the quality of the food, but as for the service, I won't be back.
Review from Amy A.
- 52 friends
San Jose, USA
really dressy for a chinese restaurant but appreciated the menu. duck was actually really good, scallops were fresh, prawns had a nice lightly peppered crispy coat. GREAT wine list.
was it knock my socks off like food in beijing or shanghai? probably not. and in truth, i prefer a more homestyle experience when it comes to chinese food. so all in all, china tang is a fantastic restaurant for a dress-up chinese meal.
Review from Qype User (Discer…)
- 19 friends
- Qype User Discer…
From the moment we walked in to the time we left, I cannot describe quite how disappointed we were.
First impressions: not the fun crowd we had expected. The seats were far too close together and very uncomfortable. My wife needed two additional cushions other guests just sat perched, unable to lean back! Oh, and no nibbles were served with our drinks.
The food was undeniably good. But not exceptional. The most shocking part of our experience was that we asked for Peking duck to start with, an interim course of steamed fish and some rice, followed by peppered beef, a second duck dish, with a couple of vegetable dishes (asparagus, bean curd). After the Peking duck, sure enough they brought the steamed fish. But they brought the beef too. Not wanting to make a scene at that stage, we simply asked the waiter to leave some time before bringing the remainder of the dishes. They still proceeded to bring ALL the other food too. So we spoke to the supervisor who was passing by. I still cannot believe that she offered either to put lids on some of the dishes while we ate the fish or to take the food away and keep it warm for us!
We asked to speak with the manager and insisted the dishes were removed and freshly prepared food served to us later.
I would expect the average local Chinese restaurant not to serve two diners six carefully prepared (and expensive) dishes simultaneously (on a small table in an air-conditioned room), without checking that this was indeed how they wished the food to arrive. When customers have clearly requested otherwise, this is unforgivable. And when the error is pointed out, the solution should be swift and appropriate.
We left feeling completely ripped-off.
I have eaten and entertained at Hakkasan countless times and have always left satisfied. If you're looking for somewhere more intimate, try Hunan.
Review from Matthew M.
- 112 friends
One of the best peking ducks I have ever had. Chef Ringo does his duck just like they have been doing it for thousands of years. The setting is also opulent just like the hotel. Yes, this is pricey Chinese food, but worth every penny. The also make a mean Gin and Tonic.
Review from Tirthankar D.
- 93 friends
China Tang was a disappointing experience.
I have been to the Dorchester before and have been very impressed by their level of service. That is why the lunch i had here, at the Chinese restaurant at Dorchester, was a let-down.
We opted for the set lunch. On the face of it, the offer was very attractive. Two dim-sum baskets, one plate of rice noodles (chicken, pork or vegetables) and a drink (wine, jasmine tea or tsing tao, a chinese beer) for only £15.
The dim-sums were good ... and we got a good variety since it was a mixed basket. Then we got the noodles. On asking for the second basket of dim-sums they gave us the most outrageous of excuses. They said that its mentioned as two baskets because the menu was for a minimum of 2 people. It wasn't mentioned anywhere that the set-lunch was for at-least 2 people. Even if it were, the menu is supposed to be per-person right ? Especially since the other courses and the prices are like that. Such an obvious deceit was not expected at the Dorchester.
The pork noodles that i got was very good, with a lot of gravy. The chicken that my friend got was crispy, but equally good. But the portions were small ... much like starter portions. Combined with two baskets of dim-sums, it would have been a proper, filling meal. But sadly that was not what we got.
The good food and the stunning decor makes me want to come back again. But i strongly recommend anyone dining here to research the offers carefully beforehand.
Review from Robin S.
- 8 friends
Please don't hate me for this - but I really like China Tang.
Yes, it's a shameless spot for celebrity-hunting and ludicrously expensive, and yes, it's just Chinese food, but people throw their money at Hakkasan too (which isn't THAT creative, despite its Michelin star). The problem is that China Tang is "classic Cantonese", so really it's the food you and I think we know as Chinese takeaway. But the setting... gorgeously ostentatious and shockingly not pretentious. There's no glam factor or clubby music - it's just people enjoying dinner. And it's a lot, lot better than your average Chinese takeaway... just as an example, the stir-fried beef with peppers, the pork belly and the simple chicken in lemon sauce were all phenomenal.
Obviously, this is not a place that most people can afford to make their "regular", but it's worthy of a special occasion if you go with an open mind (and make time for a drink in the adjacent bar downstairs - much better than the Dorchester's main bar).
Review from Anne R.
- 0 friends
New York, USA
China Tang came highly recommended from a Londoner. We came expecting opulence beyond belief, and service second to none. Our experience left us questioning this particular adviser's judgment. The setting and ambiance were very nice, though not spectacular. The service was nothing to rave about. Our food was delivered at odd intervals and twice we had to ask the waiter where our ordered drinks were.
Though, I cannot deny the food was delicious. The Stir-Fried Beef in Black Pepper was prepared to a T. The Snow Pea Shoots and Albacore Fried Rice were also scrumptious. Many of the fruits on the Exotic Fruit Plate were good, however one melon was not ripe enough.
Will not be returning, bottom line - overpriced.
Review from Qype User (buster…)
- 17 friends
- Qype User buster…
Average & unspectacular. At these prices, one would not expect normal food and a less than stellar restaurant - a basement location with low ceilings and cramped seating with inconsistent service. You are MUCH better off going to Hakkasan if you are looking for upscale chinese. A few other reviews on other websites talk about the great 1930's style decorumm, the decor is awful hotel stylings with the pub/casino carpeting. The food is decent, but again you can get much better food at better prices in Chinatown, or in a better environment in Hakkasan. Utterly unimpressed
Review from Christine F.
- 0 friends
Santa Monica, USA
Loved China Tang! The Dorchester is a great destination to begin with. I love the bar, the lobby is gorgeous, the clientele are outrageously wealthy and interesting, it's just one of those amazing destinations.
China Tang was amazing. The decor was really cool, kind of art deco Asian. Of course, the people watching was top notch. The food was AMAZING. I had some veggie eggroll shaped dumplings which I believe had snow pea greens inside...they were perfectly cooked and crunchy, fresh and delicious. There's a whole dimsum menu full of that kind of option. We ordered some vegetable dishes, seafood and I think a chicken or duck dish. It was all amazing, just sublime. Looking at the other tables' choices, I saw all kinds of things I wished I had room to eat. I cannot wait to go back. It's delicious and authentic enough without being bizarre, sexy, enjoyable and special. We decided to drink a dessert in the form of a fancy martini at the Dorchester bar instead of ordering one at China Tang, a highly recommended example to follow. That bar has killer service, beautiful decor and great drinks.
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Review from Qype User (ts_c…)
- 3 friends
- Qype User ts_c…
Service excellent and very friendly.
Dumplings very good (particularly the Shanghai one 10/10).
Crispy Peking Duck with pancakes okay, but not more than 6 out of 10.
Seating not very comfortable.
Lemon chicken 3 out of 10.
Peppered beef 9 out of 10.
In general it was okay, but nothing special, I will definitely not return as I expect more for this level of pricing.
Review from Qype User (Daniel…)
- 0 friends
- Qype User Daniel…
This has to officially be the worst dining experience I have had to date, and perhaps the worst Asian cuisine I have eaten, even when compared to late night take aways after a student night out.
I went there with a number of guests, we booked a restaurant table but they were not ready when we arrived so they seated us in the bar while we waited. They then forgot all together that we had booked a table in the restaurant, took our orders and even began to serve us our starters while still in the bar.
When we told them about their error, they were not in the slightest bit polite, instead they were rude beyond belief. they sat us down at a table and no sooner had we all sat down did they tell us we were sitting at the wrong table and needed to move.
Not the slightest hint of a please or a sorry. When we were served our starters which was supposed to be a selection of different dumplings to share, we were served each plate of 4 dumplings at 10 minute intervals so we were starving during the 50 minute ordeal.
Then we made the huge mistake of ordering duck cooked 2 ways, first serving of duck with pancakes was fine, but second serving of tiny flecks of duck in greasy overcooked noodles was a disaster.
We were not made to feel welcome by the staff, the food was not up to standard, and it left a large hole in our wallets.
I would not recommend a visit.
Review from Qype User (Rb55…)
About This BusinessProvided by business
For special occasions, the restaurant also offers diners 3 private dining rooms - Ping, Pang and Pong!
Established in 2005
Conceived by Sir David Tang, the founder of China Clubs in Hong Kong, Peking and Singapore, as well as the life-style brand, "Shanghai Tang", China Tang offers some of the best and most authentic Cantonese food outside China.
The rave reviews won by the food have been matched by the sumptuous interior, which is designed to evoke a romantic sense of the art deco of the Thirties. As well as an abundance of chinoiserie, and quirky objets d'art, the restaurant showcases a collection of both traditional and contemporary Chinese art, all personally chosen by Sir David Tang.
In addition to the restaurant, China Tang features an exquisite bar that offers a list of classic cocktails, made to perfection, which can be ordered to accompany the dim sum menu that is served all day.