Review – Imperial China – Teddington, London
We arrived on a Saturday night to what was already a brimming restaurant. With plenty of customers the place was buzzing and the staff were courteous. Seated at our table we were offered the set and a-la-carte- menus. Green tea seemed to be the go for apperitif, which, although I enjoy a glass of wine with my meal, proved to be refreshing and cleansing, to say nothing of my clear head the morning after (a new experience). We selected the set menu and waited for the food with baited breath.
What a smorgasbord arrived! There was so much to choose from and every morsel was delicious. For the price of £26 each there was no way the two of us were going hungry. Everything we had was cooked to order, fresh and beautifully presented. The prawns with spicy chillies was spicy but not too hot and the chicken with black bean sauce was very flavourful, a dish that I have found particularly bland in other venues. Service was efficient and friendly and we were not rushed as is the case with other Chinese restaurants in the borough who shall remain nameless. One thing that was a bit strange though was my over-whelming desire to nod my head every time the waitress gave us a new dish. Am I the only one who does this? Hmmm. As far as the food goes I enjoyed it all but you have still to convince me about Chinese desserts, not my cup of tea I’m afraid.
The restaurant seats 100 and I am intrigued to hear that there is also a private Karaoke room for hire that seats 30. That is definetly a possibility for my next party! From the outside the Imperial China looks like a lot of other Chinese restaurants and there is nothing a bit of fresh paint can’t fix but don’t let this put you off. Inside is a veritable feast waiting for you that is also great value for money. So go on, try some authentic, tasty Chinese cuisine in an elegant setting (inside), I’m sure you won’t regret it. But that’s just my opinion!