Chinese Cricket Club Opens at Crowne Plaza London, The City

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Chinese Cricket Club

This week, I was invited to the launch of Chinese Cricket Club, a new restaurant at the Crowne Plaza in The City.

The venue has unusual decor for a Chinese restaurant, with pictures of cricketers behind the bar and a distinct hotel feel that belies the quality and general scrumptiousness of the food. 

Head Chef Brendan Speed (formerly of Zuma Istanbul) and his team provided wonderfully spicy orange beef, steamed prawn dumplings, succulent lobster in the shell, soft shitake mushrooms, zingy squid, miniature hot and sour soups, and a light coconut mousse with tropical topping. 

As far as I could see, the hungry work crowd thought it was simply delicious, and so did I!

Guests quaffed champagne and Jim Barry wines while they watched one of the chefs whip up dumplings. 

It was extraordinary how he picked an identically sized piece of pastry off a roll, smacked it with a cleaver into a circle, and filled and pleated it so evenly. 

Chinese Cricket Club is named after the newly formed Chinese national cricket team and also celebrates the recent translation into Mandarin of the laws of cricket.

The association with Jim Barry wines extends the cricket theme: one of the Jim Barry vineyards has a cricket pitch in the middle, and the wine of choice at the launch was Cover Drive cabernet sauvignon.


  1. Paul says:

    What a refreshing take on Chinese food.
    From the contemporary presentation to the mouth-watering flavours, we enjoyed every moment.

  2. Lilac says:

    Sounds tasty, will have to check it out!

  3. Helen Morris says:

    As Roald Dahl would say “scrumdidlyumptious”. We recently enjoyed the most lovely evening in the company of Tony Chan and his team at the Chinese Cricket Club. Never really knowing my way round a Chinese menu with what would compliment each other I left the choice up to Tony – of some of the dishes he choose for us the stars for us where the tea smoked duck salad, the soft and plump steamed dim sum and the Hunan Lamb, however without a doubt the dry sautéed green beans for anyone ordering beware!!!!! you’ll want more… I would suggest ordering two portions edible by the bucket.