Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Kung Hei Fat Choi at The Chinese Cricket Club

Chinese New Year is a time of celebration for Chinese people all over the world. It is a time of dragons, street parades and lucky red envelopes given to family and friends.

Each year "Kung Hei Fat Choy" or Happy (Chinese) New Year brings good fortune and guidance for the year ahead. Celebrated this year on 19thFebruary 2015.  

I was invited to the Chinese Cricket Club, Blackfriars, as it opened its doors to welcome the Year of the Sheep, with four weeks of fun festivities until 19th March 2015.

Delving back to his roots, Head Chef Ken Wang aims to put a modern spin on rustic, rural-style dishes.

I was invited to join a select group to sample the two menus that will be available at a price of £48 and the other at £68.  We were treated to a mixture of dishes from both menus and had such tasty treats like:

Vibrant green dumplings full of chicken and spinach, duck, scallops with caviar all presented beautifully in a bamboo steamer.
The lamb dumplings (which were one of my favourites) were crisp and tasty.
Crispy lettuce leaves filled with a chicken mince mixture which tasted sweet with a little chili hit.
There was a plate of lamb on mini bamboo skewers, lightly flavoured with cumin but lovely and tender.
Whilst my favourite (and quite a popular dish amongst the others) was the Lobster & Chinese New Year Rice Cake, stir-fried with ginger and spring onion sauce.
The main courses followed with tempting, mouthwatering dishes like Red Chili Sea Bass. This was really firery and a tad too hot for me but I did appreciate the taste.  A few diners mentioned they would have preferred to have the sea bass served with the head as is traditional in China but Chef Ken Wang told us they had taken the head off as most British diners would prefer it that way. Would you?
And the food still kept coming! Iron Sizzling Lamb with Black Pepper Sauce,

Braised Lamb Rack with Chinese Dates, so tender and full of flavour and texture,
And finishing off with Chinese New Year rice cake with prawns.
Get ready to flock to Chinese Cricket Club (opposite Blackfriars Station) for an evening full of feasting, fortuity and fun.

Best to book your table to avoid disappointment telephone 020 7438 8051.

I was a guest of The Chinese Chricket Club at The Crowne Plaza Hotel - London The City. I was not paid to write a review and as usual all opinions and photos are my own.


  1. Replies
    1. Thanks, it was exciting as each course came out.

  2. Wow that looks delicious. We are doing a five dish banquet tomorrow night at our pop up. Maybe I should have had this chef working alongside me ? :)

    1. He was a very interesting chef and came out and talked us through a lot of his ideas

  3. Oh my goodness that is a serious meal, even by my standards! Love the look of the dumplings, they gave me fond memories of my time in Shanghai
    Janie x

    1. Shanghai - how exciting, i have never been.

  4. Those chicken mince in lettuce leaves look rather good.

    1. They were really nice and fresh, very tasty

  5. What an interesting presentation. Every dish looks like a picture.