Chinese Cricket Club
Chinese and East Asian
Crowne Plaza, 19 New Bridge Street, City, EC4V 6DB
Situated in the Crowne Plaza, about 20 seconds' walk from Blackfriars Station, this is the perfect venue for a working lunch, dinner with friends or indeed a post-work date. The atmosphere balances professionalism with relaxation perfectly, and the food is designed for sharing. Our super-friendly and helpful waiter recommended a selection of dishes, as well as wines which would complement them. We sampled chilled drunken chicken in shao hsing wine, crispy chilli beef, dim sum and crispy aromatic duck. All were recognisable as traditional Chinese fare, but included just a few surprise seasonings and flavours which brought a new sensation to the palate. There is clearly a very skilled chef at work here, whose standout dish in my opinion is dry sautéed green beans - never have vegetables been so tasty. The huge and diverse menu bears hot and cold offerings from the wok and from the fire - there is something to please everyone. This restaurant really is a hidden treasure in the heart of the city, just waiting to be discovered.