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Grand Imperial (Restaurant, Hotel)

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The Grosvenor Hotel, 101 Buckingham Palace Road, Victoria, London, SW1W 0SJ
Cuisine: Chinese
Tel: 020 7821 8898 | Email to Grand Imperial | | Transport: Victoria | Write review

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Best for: Authentic Cantonese food in a beautiful setting.

Great: Friendly service, dim sum and green tea brulee.

As a journalist I live a curious double life. At times my diary reads like a Chelsea socialite: 'afternoon tea at the Royal Horseguards' one week, 'Claridges' the next, 'awards do at Park Lane Hilton' etc. At the weekend social occasions do admittedly drop a notch on the wow scale: 'Pub quiz' or 'Pizza Express' next to (in caps and underlined) 'Bring voucher.'

Dr Jekyll and his alter ego Mr Hyde had a pretty bad time of it what with all the killing and general mental meltdown. I'm not saying going to fancy places because of my job is a burden. I love it, but sometimes I just get a bit confused with the boundaries. For instance, if I'm in some fancy London hotel at a black tie event I still can't help but ask for 'just tap water please' or feel guilty when the wine comes round and it's not the house bottle. Hell, it's not even second on the wine list. Or in fancier restaurants I'm never sure what level of noise is appropriate; with laughing, is a polite chuckle as far as it goes?

And so to another fine dining experience, this time at the Grand Imperial, the new Chinese restaurant at the Grosvenor Hotel, Victoria. A last minute cancellation meant my substitute dinner guest had come straight from a 12-hour shift at Guys and St Thomas A&E department. Dressed in her hospital clobber she made a quick change in Victoria station toilets, crystallising my dual social life complex.

While making my way to our table in the grand, high-ceilinged restaurant - fresh flowers on each table, crisp white tablecloths and beautiful fine white china plates and bowls with red painted flowers, chosen apparently specifically for Grand Imperial - I had a revelation. I had just walked past a couple who looked at ease, delicately stirring their cocktails at the bar, confidently ordering dim sum and all together feeling right at home at the Grand Imperial....in....wait for it....trainers and sweatshirts! My friend needn't have changed out of her hideous Clarkes orthopedics after all.

And this was my revelation: the best way to not stick out in classy establishments is to look like you belong: it's all about the blag. Dinnertime: we started off with a shared platter of dim sum. None of your monosodium glutumate-dipped spare ribs and sesame prawn toast here. The plate of pretty pastel-hued dim sum looked almost too beautiful but homemade chilli sauce was begging to be dipped into. Chopsticks and dim sum can be tricky. “Not to worry,” my uber confident ‘I belong here’ self said. “Just spear the food with the chopsticks”. Done. If you can eat near enough next to Buckingham Palace in an Umbro pullover, inappropriate use of chopsticks is nothing.

Next up was the duck course and instead of crispy aromatic we went for royal Peking duck. The difference being the roasted duck is brought over to your table and finely sliced by your waiter to go in pancakes as per. The remaining duck meat is then finely chopped up, doused in soy sauce and deep-fried, served on a lettuce leaf. Amazing.

As a former waiter at the Dorchester, our lovely waiter Alex told us about some of the more famous guests he's served: Michael Jackson's family, who were lovely apparently; Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich, who left a £2,000 tip; and Jackie Chan, who rudely read a paper throughout.

My journo-socialite ego of course barely credited the name checks with any enthusiasm. As a regular in these kinds of establishments I often run into the Abramovichs of this world. (In a manner of speaking, I hang out with Roman every few weeks at Stamford Bridge though we admittedly sit quite far apart and his seats have heating). My Mc–Alter Ego, though, gushed with excitement.

Other culinary highlights included the Chinese brailing mushroom - a sort of scallop stew cooked in a Chinese claypot - and the green tea crème brulee.

As we left the Grosvenor, this time through grander rotating doors instead of the back entrance we came in from the train station, I felt full and happy: the staff had been friendly without being in my face, and my friend and I had blended in perfectly to the suited and booted (as well as sweatshirted) clientele. I realised it's OK to eat in the Grand Imperial one day and a greasy spoon the next. No one cares; least of all my stomach.
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“Attentive personal waiter service, relaxed ambience. Even though restaurant was quiet, still maintained good atmosphere with music and lighting. The starter of prawns with wasabi on pineapple was to die for and the dim sum platter was fun and delicious. Wasn't too sure about the bean curd stew but we shared duck pancakes and the waiter carved a whole duck in front of us, tasty. He then went and minced the other half and brought it back on lettuce leaves which I wasn't too sure about! Extensive wine list and finished off meal perfectly with green tea brulee which was exceptional. Would definately recommend it if you can afford it!!”
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Sally, London (7 years 4 months 10 days ago)

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Grand Imperial Opening Hours

Monday: 12:00pm - 11:00pm Friday: 12:00pm - 11:00pm
Tuesday: 12:00pm - 11:00pm Saturday: 12:00pm - 11:00pm
Wednesday: 12:00pm - 11:00pm Sunday: 12:00pm - 11:00pm
Thursday: 12:00pm - 11:00pm    

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