Bringing an elevated Chinese dining experience to the capital, Imperial Treasure, one of Asia’s most admired Chinese restaurant groups, and holder of four Michelin stars, makes its European debut in a stunning Grade II listed building on St James’s Waterloo Place.
Award-winning restaurateur, Alfred Leung has spent a significant amount of time choosing only the best seasonal ingredients, sustainably sourced fish and live seafood to serve his customers, including Gillardeau oysters from France, Iberico pork and A5 Wagyu beef.
A variety of tasting menus offer eight auspicious courses and showcase the inventiveness of the kitchen, whilst the specialty of the house is Imperial Treasure’s Peking Duck. Matured for an average of 40 days, each duck is expertly carved at the table with thin sheaves of crispy skin followed by perfectly presented slices of meat, with just the right ratio of fat and flavour, served in paper thin homemade pancakes.
Signature dishes include caviar on egg white; soft shell crab with soya crumble; crispy Iberico barbecued pork belly; salt and pepper deep fried eel; and silver cod steamed with chillies. There are ample vegetarian choices with a tasting menu featuring the likes of braised spinach tofu with mushrooms; deep-fried okra with lotus root and salted egg yolk; and stir-fried lily bud with lotus root. More adventurous diners should look out for ingredients like chicken feet, abalone, sea cucumber, dried sea whelk and chilled pig’s shank.
Exquisite Dim Sum sing with authentic flavours – pop-in for a lunch of all things grilled, baked and steamed; from snow mountain buns of Iberico char sui pork through to pumpkin dumplings; wagyu beef puffs; and crispy lobster beancurd rolls.
Expertly curated by world-renowned wine expert Poh Tiong, the drinks list traverses the globe – discover the finest Old and New World wines, award-winning reds from China and English sparkling varietals as well as over 22 available by the glass, including a Chateau d’Yquem 1998. All the major champagne houses are presented including Cristal, Krug, Dom Perignon, Laurent-Perrier, Bollinger, Pol Roger and Deutz alongside smaller grower producers. The list also features an impressive collection of over 30 Japanese and international rare whiskies as well as a selection of Asian-inspired classic and contemporary cocktails.
Whilst the menus have been designed for the most discriminating of diners in mind, the interior is fit for an emperor. Globally renowned designers, Studio Liaigre, have seamlessly blended a French aesthetic with British architecture and Chinese cultural references. The result is a beautiful restaurant that simply exudes sophistication, from the principle dining room with its individual ‘salons’, impressive cocktail bar and wine tasting room, through to three first floor private dining rooms providing total privacy and exclusivity.
Imperial Treasure Group is recognised for its authentic Chinese food. The Shanghai restaurant has two Michelin stars, with Singapore and Hong Kong each holding one star. The Group also has restaurants in Guangzhou and South Korea. These achievements sit alongside more than 50 other industry accolades including Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants and the World Gourmet Summit Awards of Excellence.