China Tang is a Chinese restaurant and bar located in The Dorchester. It offers a mix of Cantonese food, including dim sum, as well as dishes from other areas of China.
I was with a group of 5, so we decided to order a mix of dim sums, as well as other main dishes to share.
When our dim sums arrived, I was shocked by how tiny they were. I'm Cantonese myself, so I have had a handful of dim sums in my life, and I can honestly say China Tang offered some of the smallest I've ever seen.
The standout between the 3 dishes was to my surprised the Har Gau (Shrimp Dumpling). I'm not usually a fan of these, but the pastry to meat ratio was perfect, and the seasoning of the dish was very delicate. The Char Siu pork bun was exactly how I expected them to taste, an A+ in my book. I just wish it was bigger so I had more of it to eat.
Disappointedly, the Shanghai dumpling did not live to its standards at all. The pastry was very doughy, and there wasn't any nice soup/sauce that burst in your mouth as you would expect. Maybe I have too high of standards, as I am comparing them to Ding Tai Fung after all.
The Bak Choy and Crispy noodles were both good, but did not stand out in any particular way.
The Peking duck was served exactly as it should. With the right condiments, and carved right in front of us. To my surprise, the duck tasted very authentic. Definitely a job well done by China Tang. With that said, the pancakes didn't stay warm for very long, and we were left with hardened pancakes very quickly. Still, the duck was definitely the highlight of the meal for me.
The food was good overall, but my mind was definitely not blown. If it wasn't for the duck, the rating would have definitely been lower. Still on the hunt for the perfect Chinese restaurant in London.
Service was a bit disappointing, they didn't take our order for quite a while, and I think there was some miscommunication between the servers. Just expected more when it came to a restaurant located in a 5* hotel
We also had chocolate dumplings and China Tang Mess (a version of Eton Mess) for dessert. The pictures didn't come out great, and they were highly disappointing which is why they weren't included in the review. Would not recommend ordering the desserts at China Tang, save those calories for another restaurant!