China Tang at The Dorchester

The Dorchester Hotel, 53 Park Lane, London, W1K 1QA - View on a map
Telephone: 020 7629 9988

China Tang at The Dorchester Restaurant In London
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Overall 9.5
Food 10.0
Service 10.0
Atmosphere 10.0
Value 8.0
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I just got back from dinner at China Tang at the Dorchester .

It was a lovely evening. The ambience was very classy and not too noisy. The service was excellent, very attentive throughout -our waiter gave us very good advice on dishes to order and the food when it came was well cooked and really tasty. We had a number of different dishes, the steamed sea bass with chilli was delicious, and the pepper beef to name but a few. I had the chocolate pudding for dessert which was really good. I will definitely be attending again, and would recommend it to friends.
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Naveed Sethu
Overall rating 10 stars
Food 10 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 10 | Value for money 8
Monday, April 21, 2014

My husband booked this restaurant as a surprise after looking at reviews and recommendations as a pre valentines dinner. We dont often treat ourselves to a posh restaurant so I was really looking forward to it.

The atmosphere is pleasant with a 1930s feel which I really liked. We had cocktails in the bar area before dinner and they had a good selection of drinks.

However when it came to dinner I have to say how disappointing it was. The food was so average. We had some dim sum to start which was fine but nothing special after which I ordered bean curd dish with rice and my hubby ordered lobster tail at £42 and a prawn dish. The lobster was just ok and for the cost you would expect it to be amazing but it wasn't.

The desserts were slightly better but again nothing special and for a restaurant of this grandure and expense you expect much better.

The service was also nothing amazing very average not much attention to detail, they did not make any recommendations all of which you would expect.

Overall disappointing and would sadly have difficulty in recommending this restaurant to others.
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Overall rating 5 stars
Food 5 | Service 5 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 2
Thursday, February 14, 2013

We went to China Tang to celebrate my mum's birthday and we unanimously felt it was one of our worst Chinese restaurant experience. We are a Chinese family who eat regularly at high end Chinese restaurants. We appreciate both northern and southern cuisines.

The food was mediocre. It was not greasy but for this price range, it should be the case. We had the jelly fish, drunken chicken and salt and pepper squid as starters. Drunken chicken is one of our favourite dishes and we tend to gulp it down as soon as it arrives, let alone complaining about it. However this drunken chicken was poor in our opinion because of the excessive use of alcohol in the dish. The taste of booze was way too strong. The jelly fish was well prepared with the right balance of flavours and crunchiness. The squid was probably the best dish we had there. It was light and had a delicate flavour. Then we had a whole lobster in ginger spring onions with noodles. The lobster was fresh and tasted good but the noodles was soggy. WIth the noodles sitting in a sauce, the type of noodles used and timing are key to achieving the right level of al dente. There are a couple of other places in London which are more masterful in attaining that with less money. For mains, we ordered the fried grouper from the specials menu, morning glory in ginger and preserved bean curd, assorted three mushrooms, braised bean curd with vegetables and stir fried chicken with spices. They are dishes you find in most restaurant menus in China Town for a fraction of the price. China Tang’s version of the dishes was not more refined, in fact, I would not recommend the assorted mushrooms as it was very bland. For desserts, we ordered a chocolate pudding with black sesame ice cream. It was lovely. We had tea and did not order wine. Our final bill came to just under £250.

In terms of service, the quality was poor. For a start, the receptionist did not ask for our coats until I requested so once we have reached our table. My parents do not speak a word of English so I enquired if they had a menu in Chinese. I did not expect them to have menus in Chinese but I did expect a friendly enthusiastic response. Instead one could easily sense the snobbish attitude which seemed to be the staff's common attribute there. We asked for the jelly fish starter to be made without chilli. This was to accommodate my mum as she liked that dish without chilli. We went on to order more spicy dishes. However when we asked for chilli sauce after ordering, we were greeted with the reply of "but you did not want a dish to be spicy.' This level of unprofessionalism is not acceptable in any decent service base business.

It was a Friday night, so the place was fully packed and noisy. The ambience was not relaxing, somewhat chaotic. We did not like the way the cutlery was directly laid on a table without table cloth, perhaps on a napkin might be better. We felt this was slightly unhygienic and did not reflect fine dining but we were aware these were personal taste. Having said that, I would say the general lack of refinement and attention to details were China Tang’s biggest problems. For instance, a leaky goodie bag at the end, poiselessly pushing our coats to us instead of helping us with them, lack of smiles, not able to recommend signature dishes. In conclusion, it is a place I would not visit again or recommend to anyone for this level of price range.
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Overall rating 2 stars
Food 6 | Service 0 | Atmosphere 1 | Value for money 0
Saturday, June 30, 2012

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