Imperial Treasure Fine Chinese Cuisine
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If the idea of some soup on a roaster of a day isn’t appealing, then you need to think a little more laterally. What are we saying here? We’re saying xiao long bao (soup dumplings) in the air conditioned safety of Imperial Treasure in St. James’s. This high-end Chinese restaurant is by no means cheap, but escape the midday sun with a few friends for some of London’s best dim sum in a refreshing environment, and it’s worth it.
The first thing you need to know about this upmarket Chinese spot is that they’re serving some of the best dim sum in London. Think creative takes on prawn toast, excellent soup dumplings, and prawn cheung fun you’ll happily ghost their decent duck for. This place is huge, with leather seating, an amber-clad bar, white table cloths, and some pretty hefty price tags - it’s perfect for a business meeting that’ll impress your boss’s boss or splashing out on a whole lot of dim sum on your day off. The atmosphere is a little dull, but what it lacks in buzz it makes up for in baked venison puffs.
“We’re not looking to sell”, they say, resolute. Yeah, tell that to the prawn cheung fun and the pork soup dumplings pal. Better yet, tell it to the gentleman who’s carving up your peking duck. Impossible. Imperial Treasure is a fancy Chinese spot in St James’s that has some of the best dim sum in all of London. Be warned, this place doesn’t have a big atmosphere. Or even a small atmosphere, to be honest. But what it lacks in feel good ambience it makes up for in slick, grown up interiors, and a £43 lunch menu that includes a two course peking duck situation.
If the letters D and D make you think of anaemic basement dwellers trying to hex their dog with a witch’s hat on then fair play. Same here. But go to Imperial Treasure, a fancy Chinese restaurant in St James’s, and you’ll be thinking of dumplings and duck instead. This is a big restaurant that has all the excitement and atmosphere of a music festival in outer space, but when the cheung fun is this good, and the peking duck this moist, who needs buzz? It’s undeniably expensive, but come as a group of 3 or 4, split some dim sum and a duck, and the quality of the food you get is well worth it.
If you’re into having someone carve up your duck for you (we’re lazy too, we understand) then get excited, because St James’s latest restaurant is an upmarket Chinese spot with a focus on barbecued duck. There’s also assorted daytime dim sum, live seafood, and three private dining rooms.
We checked out Imperial Treasure and put it on our Hit List.