You could easily walk right past this Asian fusion restaurant hidden as it is behind huge solid doors that when open reveal stairs that lead down to an underground maze of dramatically lit and ornately adorned walkways.
Once coats are deposited at the cloakroom, where the staff are welcoming and friendly, the walkway opens up to reveal a reception area, a large bar, bar seating and then stepped tiers complete with seating which looks out over the cavernous space, leading even further down to the main dining area.
We enjoyed delicious cocktails prior to dinner, sitting amongst plenty of interesting figurines and statues depicting the Asian influences of the place. Mood Lighting is used to create a very theatrical but quite dark environment so be prepared to tread carefully as you descend into the restaurant.
Once seated, the servers were extremely helpful in terms of advising on portion sizes, the style of service and how the food would be cooked.
We nibbled on some very tasty hot, salted edamame beans whilst we tried, with difficulty, to chose from the many exciting sounding dishes on the menu. Eventually we settled on teriyaki scallops, tempura prawns, dragon tail ribs and satay chicken all of which were so delicious we ended up passing tasters to each other.
Mains included the exceptional lobster, served three ways, which was truly divine and unlike any other lobster dish we have had before. Two of us shared the Peking duck, also sublime and generously portioned, and finally a spiced sea bass, jasmine rice and stir fry greens.
Washed down with beers, wines and spirits from an extensive menu we were absolutely stuffed. However, dessert was just too tempting to resist and how delighted were we when the Michelin standard chocolate feast arrived. A beautifully delicate chocolate box which was tempered to perfection and housed hidden chocolate goodies and a delicious ice cream which were to die for.
All of the theatre, ambience and quality food does, however, come at a price. With the pound at parity with the dollar the meal for 4 with pre dinner drinks cost in excess of £600. However, for a special occasion or for those who regularly spend this amount on dining out, well worth every penny.
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