So you might not know but it’s Chinese New Year in less than two weeks (we’re about to enter the year of the goat) and a couple of weeks ago I was invited by Joes bloggers to visit the Le Chinois restaurant to sample their Dim Sum Afternoon tea, a concept that really intrigued me.
Le Chinois is situated within the Millennium hotel in Knightbridge, in through the reception and up the stairs to a brightly lit restaurant where I was given a name badge upon arrival. Excellent, no more awkward moments of is that so-and-so from such-and-such? Better not say anything just in case it isn’t! Ha. I was super excited to see that EmsyPickle, Frankie from The Mayfairy and Ed from
Lady Gent Loves Cake were in attendance, I tried to keep my fangirl under control but I’m pretty sure I failed!
We were welcomed with a glass of champagne and the Hotel Manager, Cipriano, gave us a speech before the food started to come out.
Now I have to admit I was a little disappointed to start with as rather than having the dishes served afternoon tea style shared between two, they all came out on large platters ready for everyone to dig in. This made it difficult for some people to get pictures of the plates before the food started disappearing – bloggers love their photos!
Luckily about halfway through the event, some curtains were drawn and the restaurant had very kindly set up four display afternoon teas for us to photograph to our hearts content.
This style of serving also meant that I didn’t get to try everything, I’m not sure the restaurant were prepared for the thirty-odd of us that were there. In particular I was disappointed to miss out on the crispy scallop rolls as I adore everything seafood. That said the food that I did try was mostly delicious!
Minced chicken wrapped in lettuce
Crispy chicken stick
Spicy beef skewers
Crispy shredded duck spring rolls
Sauteed prawns coated with wasabi mayo
Siu Mai (Steamed minced pork dumplings)
Chai Siu Boa (BBQ pork bun)
Red bean and pandan mochi cake with fresh sliced mango
All washed down with cups after cups of oloong and jasmine tea!
My favourite dish was definitely those crispy little chicken sticks; as Ed said, they were like posh KFC but even yummier! I’m pretty sure I ate more than my fair share but they were so moreish.
The loser (for me) was the prawns coated with wasabi mayo. Given that I don’t like pineapple, hate mayo and am a bit of a sap when it comes to wasabi this wasn’t the dishes fault at all and others at the tea rated it their favourite!
Dim Sum at Le Chinois is a great spin on the traditional afternoon tea concept and will definitely impress anyone who loves all things Chinese or has a savoury tooth. Personally I prefer something a bit sweeter and was really missing out on some scones! You can check out Millenniums own post on the event here.
*I was a guest at Le Chinois thanks to Joes Bloggers.
All opinions are my own & have not been influenced by this in any way.