Being in London you will find a range of places serving afternoon tea with sandwiches and cakes. It is unusual to find a Chinese style afternoon tea, unless you it is places such as Hong Kong. But Grand Imperial London in The Grosvenor Hotel, is the one place I know that serves a Chinese style afternoon tea.
The hotel is located conveniently next to Victoria train station. The restaurant has two entrance; a separate side entrance, or one from within the hotel itself. I personally felt the restaurant looked nicer on the website with a grand and modern layout. However, it is still grand but actually has a more historic feel to the whole restaurant, which made sense as it fall in line with the overall hotel design.
We ordered one afternoon tea set (喜粤下午茶) that is for two person. It came with a choice of tea or coffee for £25, or you can upgrade it to be served with 2 glasses of champagne (£28).
We went for the tea, but was only able to choose from a small selection of tea, which was all the basic – English Tea, Jasmine etc. We was not allowed to select the crysthanamum tea which we would have preferred, although I remember seeing it on the drink menu as the same price.
As we were having Chinese food then you would go for one of the Oriental style tea. I would not recommend having an English tea, hence we selected Jasmine tea.
Just like an English afternoon tea it comes with three tiers, filled with variety of Oriental food.
Savoury (Middle tier) – Crispy Duck Salad (沙律香酥鴨), Mixed Vegetable Lettuce Wrap (素生菜包).
As well as ordering one Grand Imperial afternoon tea set, we selected some from the dim sum menu. We were dining for four people and one afternoon tea set is to feed two people.
We ordered Rice Roll Fresh Scallop and Asparagus (蘆筍带子腸) which was scallops wrapped in wonderful thing rice roll. The Shanghai dumpling (上海小籠飽) might not be in comparison to what I have had overseas, but is still tasty and contained soup broth inside the dumpling.
Although we already had egg tarts in the afternoon set, we ordered another portion which as warm.
The shredded turnip was beautiful cooked and tasted better than other places that have served this dish.
Prawn Dumpling Har Gau (喜粤鮮蝦餃) are served as four, well there was supposed to be four pieces but it was taken before I had my camera ready to take a photo.
Sui Mai (燒賣)
Black Cod Dumpling (海鮮鱈魚餃) consisted of black cod, prawn and scallop.
Char siu bao would not be the icon of the dim sum here. But there are many other dim sum that make it worth while to dine here for lunch.
As the afternoon tea set did not come with Grand Imperial green tea creme brulee and we could not swap it with the Mango & Sago Cream pudding, we separately ordered one to share.
This was a tasty cream brulee with strong green tea flavour. It is a pudding that it recommended if you are at the Grand Imperial London. However, if you not a green tea fan then you could try the Grand Imperial deep-fried coconut ice cream.
The service needed some attention, since it took ages before we got a staff attention to refill our tea. This might be due to us being seated at the back half of the restaurant and all staff was busy attending to every one at the front. But overall, the food was nice and it was a wonderful afternoon having lunch at the Grand Imperial London.
(Prices and menu correct at the time of dining)