Restau­rants

Asian with a kick in Black­fri­ars, our favourite three for Mid­dle East­ern and a Paris clas­sic

Food and Travel (UK) - - Contens -

Chi­nese New Year falls in Jan­uary in 2017 (year of the Rooster, if you’re in­ter­ested), so we thought we’d get in early to find an au­then­tic restau­rant that’s worth your visit. Chi­nese Cricket Club – named af­ter the China na­tional cricket team which played its first in­ter­na­tional in 2009, the year the restau­rant opened – fits the bill to a T. In spite of its some­what gaudy green styling, the qual­ity of the food stands out as an ex­cel­lent rep­re­sen­ta­tion of ag­gres­sively spiced Szechuan cui­sine. Dim sum is the ideal place to start, with the prawn and scal­lop dumpling show­ing great re­straint in its fill­ing, hold­ing the per­fect punch of flavour to rise above the light, steamed dough. Crispy aro­matic duck fol­lows be­fore the on­slaught of flavour de­liv­ered by the main plates. Ginger and chilli sea bass has enough pi­quancy to sate even the most hard­ened chilli ad­dict, heavy with numb­ing Sichuan pep­per and punc­tu­ated with zingy notes from the ginger. Off­set the spice with a slightly sweet chicken with cashew nuts and or­der a side of sautéed Chi­nese greens to round things off. MS. 020 7438 8051, chi­nes­e­crick­et­club.com

This month, we in­dulge in un­par­al­leled Parisian lux­ury, fill up on fiery Szechuan plates in cen­tral Lon­don, eat top-notch Mid­dle-East­ern dishes and join the fun at a May­fair icon

Left to right: The Palo­mar’s sleek in­te­rior; lamb ma­jadarah at Ber­ber & Q; watch The Palo­mar’s chefs at work; oc­to­pus at Nopi

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