Grand Imperial, SW1
The Grosvenor Hotel
101 Buckingham Palace Road, SW1W 0SJ
020 7821 8898
Prawn with Mustard Sauce – £10
The flavour of the mustard picked up the prawns and it was a punchy way to start the meal.
Baked Mussels with Garlic Butter – £8
The plump and very fresh mussels come in a bowl with sauce rather than laid flat bathing in baked butter. We were dying to chuck in some cream and get a portion of chips but refrained.
Peking Duck with Pancake – £46
A whole duck was wheeled over to the table and the server demo’d his nifty knife skills by first slicing off the crispy skin followed prime slices of meat for the 10 pancakes, the rest went back to the kitchen to be prepared into a second serving. The super soft pancakes were made in-house and with the other components all of exceptional quality this was the stand-out dish of the evening.
Sauteed Minced Duck Wrapped with Lettuce – (second course included in price)
The non-pancake duck went back to the kitchen to be minced and sauteed returning for a second wrapping with lettuce. The chef had added seasoning and a lighter sauce which gave a fresh salty version of the previous sweet. This was also delicious.
Baked Cod with Barbecued Honey Sauce – £24
We loved this dish, the cod was expertly cooked and came as a whole fillet with just a touch of the fork flaking off tender chunks, the sauce not overly sweet. Would go very well with a side dish of broccolli.
Braised E-Fu Noodles with Mushroom – £10
The best noodles we have ever eaten. Made in-house and highly recommended.
**A huge rest and some green tea**
Grand Imperial Green Tea Brulee – £7
We welcomed some sugar to wake us up from our food coma. The taste was delicate but we found the brulee a little heavy but not in any way a disappointing end to the meal.
1 bottle Sparkling Water – £4.50
The dining room is absolutely beautiful but the interior was slightly bizarre. When you enter (from Victoria side) there is a beautiful run of elaborate ceiling that stretches horizontally across the restaurant but this is cut off by the private room. Another visual barrier was a flower stand that hits your eye as soon as you enter, assuming it is to increase privacy, it was placed far back into the dining room and with few tables behind it the effect was lost. The other disappointing element was a huge wall of empty shellfish tanks, apparently they did not provide enough space and oxygen but with the £18m refurbishment of The Grosvenor we’d hope for more consideration for the crustaceans. Room aside the service redeems, is attentive yet discreet and representative of a top-drawer hotel.
Lunch: Express Dim Sum menu from Monday to Friday between 12- 3pm. Choose 5 dishes to share from a list of ten for £20 for 2 persons
Afternoon: Oriental Afternoon Tea, £28 per person for tea, 4 savoury dim sum, 1 dessert and a glass of sparkling rose.
Dinner: Excellent Prix Fixe Menus for £30 (5 course) / £35 (Dim Sum special) / £40 (King Prawn Special) / £45 (Premium)
We’ll be back for the duck, homemade noodles and the exceptional service but would love to experience it in a rearranged dining room with some curtains hiding the busy Buckingham Palace Road.