Visit London Blog » min jiang Enjoy the very best of London Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:26:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 London Restaurant News: Where To Celebrate Burns Night in London Mon, 13 Jan 2014 12:22:13 +0000 You may have heard of Burns Night, and you might have asked yourself “when is Burns Night” or even ”what is Burns Night”. Robert Burns was an 18th century Scottish poet. One of his most famous poems, Auld Lang Syne, is most notably sung on New Year’s Eve. He is also sometimes referred to as Robbie Burns or Rabbie Burns.

Burns is regarded as Scotland’s national poet, and his birthday is therefore celebrated every year. Burns Night 2104 falls on 25 January with bars and restaurant across the UK marking the occasion by hosting a Burns Supper event. A Burns Supper will usually comprise of traditional Scottish food, Scottish music in the form of bagpipes, recitals of Burns’ Scottish poetry, and, of course, Scotch whisky.

Although London is not located in Scotland, many restaurants still observe Burns Night. Here are some of the most exciting Burns Night suppers in London to look forward to in 2014.

Albannach in Trafalgar Square is a well-known Scottish bar and restaurant. This Burns Night, Albannach (pictured above) will be hosting two sittings (6.30pm and 8.30pm) of a special six-course Burns Supper menu with coffee, handmade whisky truffle and three whisky tasters included. Various toasts will be made to Burns throughout the night. Tickets are £75 per person.

Min Jiang
For a Burns Night experience with a difference, it’s worth booking at Min Jiang Chinese restaurant (pictured above) overlooking Kensington Gardens. The Chinese Burns menu will include a flight of Dalmore whiskies and a few twists on traditional Scottish dishes such as char siew haggis puff, and sesame prawn and haggis toast. The price is £35 per person.

Burns Night seems like the ideal time to learn more about the famous Scottish tipple, whisky. Vinopolis, London’s wine tasting visitor attraction (pictured above), has arranged for whisky expert, Tom Forrest, to teach a masterclass alongside their three-course Burns Supper. This is a great option for large groups especially, because for every nine people booked a tenth can join the party for free. Please note, this event takes place on Friday 24 January.

Fortnum & Mason
On Saturday 25 January from 7pm, Fortnum & Mason  on Piccadilly will be the scene of a special Burns Supper. The traditional Scottish menu will include cock-a-leekie soup, haggis, neeps & Ayrshire tatties (turnip and potato) with whisky sauce, all served with a wee dram of Highland single malt whisky. Speakers will provide renditions of various Rabbie Burns’ poems, including the Selkirk Toast. Tickets are £75 per person and include whisky and wine.

Perhaps London’s most Scottish home-away-from-home is Boisdale in Canary Wharf which boasts a whisky collection that extends into the hundreds. From 20 to 29 January, Boisdale will be celebrating Burns Night 2014, its own 25th anniversary and the referendum on Scottish independence later this year, with a special ‘Union Haggis’ menu. The symbolic unifying haggis will contain the heart of a Scottish lamb, the liver of an English lamb, the lungs from a Welsh lamb, and barley grown in Ireland. Guests can choose between three-, four-, and five-course Burns menus, each served with a 25ml noggin of The Macallan malt whisky.

Other London bars and restaurants celebrating Burns Night in 2014 include Blueprint Cafe, Searcys St Pancras Grand, Seven Park Place, Marco Grill Chelsea, and The Draft House Tower Bridge.

Other London bar and restaurant news

Brooklyn Bowl – A new 12-lane bowling alley, concert venue, restaurant and bar called Brooklyn Bowl opens at The O2 Arena this week.

House of Ho – Bobby Chinn’s new restaurant, The House of Ho has just started serving modern Vietnamese in Soho.

The Gilbert Scott – A new Brontë sister inspired afternoon tea will be launched on 29 January for two weeks at The Gilbert Scott to include special talks from artist, Charlotte Cory, and the Brontë Society Director, Ann Sumner.

Tom Aikens – Chef Aikens hopes to open a new central London restaurant in the near future. This will therefore see the closure of the Michelin star Tom Aikens restaurant in Chelsea at the end of January.

Marcus Wareing – Michelin star chef, Marcus Wareing, is closing his restaurant at The Berkeleythis week for a two-month refurbishment and rebranding exercise.

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Christmas Day Dining in London Sun, 24 Nov 2013 09:00:42 +0000 Whether you’re visiting London from abroad over the Christmas season, or you simply want to leave the cooking to the chefs, make sure you book ahead for Christmas Day dining. Much of London is closed on 25 December but we’ve put together a guide to some of the best restaurants that will be open- whether you’re looking for a traditional Christmas meal or something a bit different. You can find out more about Christmas Day closures on our Christmas Essential Information page.

The Reform Social and Grill Restaurant at The Mandeville (two courses for £50 or three courses for £70)

Enjoy a traditional Christmas menu at The Mandeville, a 4-star deluxe hotel in Central London. The Reform Social and Grill Restaurant offers champagne on arrival followed by a two or three course menu boasting all of the traditional trimmings. Served from 12pm until 4pm. View the menu.

Society Bar and Restaurant at Hilton London Olympia (Buffet menu £69.00 per person, £34.50 per child, under 2’s free)

Enjoy a relaxed Christmas Day Lunch prepared for you by the chefs at Society Bar and Restaurant. The buffet offers a wide range of vegetarian starters from root vegetable and spiced tomato casserole with herb crumble to wild mushroom and spinach strudel with white bean stew. The main course includes traditional Christmas turkey, mustard crusted roast beef and sweet cinnamon braised pork belly. The buffet will be served from 12pm until 3.30 p.m. View the menu.

La Sophia (£49.00 per person, £20 per child)

This French Mediterranean cuisine uses unique Palestinian ingredients. On Christmas Day you can enjoy a four course traditional lunch with a range of festive dishes to choose from. The main course offers either crispy sea bass filllet, roast turkey, roast rump of lamb or a roasted winter vegetables dish as a vegetarian option. Served from 12pm until 10.30pm. View the menu. Book online.

Café Royal (£150 per person, £75 per child, under 5s free)

This luxury 5-star hotel offers a very British Christmas inspired by the magic of Charles Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’. Its grand Christmas Day lunch offers four courses, including wild mushroom and truffle velouté, smoked London cure salmon, Norfolk turkey with traditional garnishes, Christmas pudding and mince pies. For £200, each course comes accompanied by a specially chosen wine. Served 12pm until 3pm.View the menu.

The Orange Public House and Hotel (£80 per person)

With champagne served on arrival, the Christmas Day menu here is made to impress; from potted Gressingham duck to herb-fed free range Bronze turkey with cranberry and chestnut stuffing. There’s also a list of traditional festive sides that won’t disppoint. View the menu.

Cinnamon Club (£85 per person)

Served in the Grade II-listed Old Westminster Library, The Cinnamon Club is an Indian restaurant with a great reputation that offers an alternative to the traditional Christmas lunch. Christmas Day dishes include stir-fry of shrimps with cracked pepper and curry leaves, slow-braised Pyrenean milk-fed lamb shoulder with saffron sauce, and Garam masala Christmas pudding with nutmeg custard. Served from 12pm until 4.30pm. View the menu.

Skylounge at DoubleTree by Hilton- Tower of London (£70 per person)

Located on the 12th floor of the DoubleTree by Hilton – Tower of LondonSkylounge boasts unrivalled views across the London City. Enjoy fantastic views of Tower Bridge and the Shard with a glass of bubbly on arrival. The three-course menu includes pan-fried pigeon breast with beetroot and white onion tart, traditional roasted turkey with sage and onion stuffing, fondant potatoes, carrots, brussels sprouts and chestnuts, and traditional Christmas pudding with brandy crème anglais and vanilla ice cream. View the menu.

The Spaniard’s Inn (£70 per person)

This characterful 16th century inn is one of London’s oldest pubs and was documented by Dickens. Settle down next to a roaring fire, and enjoy a real British pub. Dishes include pork & rabbit terrine, braised beef skirt, roasted free range turkey & smoked pork belly and for dessert, treacle tart, sea salt and walnut ice-cream. There’s also an award-winning cheese board. View the menu.

The Ritz Restaurant (£390 per adult, £195 per child)

As you might expect, Christmas dining at The Ritz is nothing short of spectacular; a traditional Christmas Day luncheon in The Ritz Restaurant includes a six course menu and live entertainment including a magician, caricaturists and a visit from Father Christmas. At an extra cost you can also choose to dine in the stunning 18th Century setting of The Music Room. View the brochure.

Blueprint Café at the Design Museum (£80 per person)

Situated on the 1st floor of the Design Museum, Blueprint Café boasts panoramic City views. This Christmas they’ll be serving up a four course festive feast of traditional Norfolk turkey, whole pheasants, stuffed Orchard Farm pork loins and an abundance of Christmas puddings. While you’ll have to pay extra for a window seat, you can always have a pre-dinner drink on the rooftop terrace. View the menu.

Min Jiang at the Royal Garden Hotel (£90 per person)

This restaurant on the tenth floor of the Royal Gardens Hotel offers stunning views of neighbouring Kensington Gardens. The Cantonese Christmas Day menu offers five delicious courses: grilled lobster dumpling, wood-fired beijing duck, double-boiled winter melon soup with morels, cumin-spiced fillet of beef with foie gras and for dessert, chilled ginger and orange soup with cranberry ice-cream. Plus for an additional £20 there’s the option of an extra course of honey and soy roast black cod. Served 12pm until 3pm and 6pm until 10.30pm. View the menu.

More restaurants open on Christmas Day:

Find out more about Christmas in London.

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Things To Do: New Year’s Eve 2011 in London Mon, 26 Dec 2011 10:00:00 +0000 Have you planned your New Year’s Eve yet? What sort of night are you hoping to have? Read on for plenty of inspiration for the big night in London.

For a Night with a Bang!

Thousands of people will head to Central London for the fireworks display but if you don’t want to stand outside, there are plenty of places to watch from indoors. Many restaurants and bars offer great views and special menus, including:

  • Giraffe, South Bank: Dinner, live DJ and a glass of fizz. £85
  • Feng Sushi, South Bank: Sushi, a Champagne cocktail and access to the Royal Festival Hall Terrace. £95
  • Min Jiang, Royal Garden Hotel: A five-course Chinese banquet with a glass of Champagne, dancing til 2am and a view of the fireworks from the tenth floor. £160
  • Royal Festival Hall: Gabby Young and Other Animals headline this huge party with live music, silent disco, cabaret and access to the Royal Festival Hall terrace for the fireworks. £80

Glide Into 2012

Book a New Year’s Eve skate session at Somerset House Ice Rink. Keep warm and energised with hot chocolate and cupcakes from Tom’s Skate Lounge and enjoy a free glass of Champagne at midnight (tickets £50 for skaters, £35 spectators).

Enter the Jungle

A chance for big kids to take over the Rainforest Café at the restaurant’s New Year’s Eve party. Get stuck in to a three-course dinner in the colourful jungle setting. There’s live entertainment until midnight and dancing till 2pm (£65 including a glass of bubbly on arrival).

Spice Things Up

Head to Dishoom for a “Bombay Vintage Glam Party” with a five-course feast, henna artist, impressionist and DJ set from Cornershop. (£85 including a chocolate cherry Champagne cocktail).

Check out our New Year page for more ideas and let us know if you have any more in the comments below.

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Chinese Cuisine at Min Jiang in Kensington Tue, 22 Mar 2011 16:49:21 +0000

If you fancy some Chinese cuisine which is slightly more authentic than the questionable takeaway over the road then head to Min Jiang in Kensington High Street. 

Overlooking Kensington Gardens, on the tenth floor of the Royal Garden Hotel, this Chinese restaurant offers a menu of culinary delights with fabulous décor and service to match.

Walking into the restaurant, you’ll notice Chinese blue and white vases and eye-catching red walls lined with black and white photography. Panaramic windows show off the view over the gardens. 

We sampled a few of the starter dishes including dim sum, crispy fried squid and cold drunken chicken. The highlight was the deliciously different crispy duck skin in fine granulated sugar. 

For the main course, we couldn’t resist the chef’s special – wood-fired Beijing duck. This needs to be ordered in advance and the chef will even come over to your table to carve the duck in front of you.

This elegant restaurant comes highly recommended for Chinese cuisine at its very best. 

Min Jiang, Royal Garden Hotel, 2-24 Kensington High Street, W8 4PT

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