May 11, 2018
China Tang is as gloriously glamorous as you’d expect from a restaurant at The Dorchester, that most venerable of central London hotels. The brainchild of world renowned restaurateur David Tang, the founder of the China Club in Hong Kong, it’s a deeply attractive space, with an art deco lounge bar reminiscent of 1930s Shanghai. There’s something cinematic about the space, with its wall art and low lighting: it’s like stepping into a film set. The carpet is intricate and thick, the air thick with the scent of money. The cocktail list features all the classics including (of course) an impeccable Singapore Sling. The Rosemary and Raspberry Julep, mixes gin, ginger liqueur, vanilla-lemongrass liqueur, raspberry and rosemary, while Strawberry Fields is a fruity and refreshing blend of rum, amaretto, apple juice, pink grapefruit juice, elderflower cordial, and strawberry. They stock a superb range of single malts and have an impressive (and expensive) wine list. Asian bar snacks steamed lobster dumplings, honeyed spare ribs, and exquisite broth-filled Shanghai dumplings are all beautifully presented. Prices are high (though not substantially higher than other high-end cocktail bars though the main restaurant is another matter entirely) and the crowd are affluent and glossily international. Sink back into one of the plush armchairs with a cocktail and find yourself transported to another world.
Main photo credits: The China Tang official website