|Shikumen at the Dorsett Regency|
Dorsett Hospitality is a Hong Kong based company that, according to its website, "aggressively pursues the 'Chinese Wallet' strategy". And indeed, many of the restaurant's customers seem to be Chinese visitors.
The name of the hotel is a bit odd though. Why "Dorsett"? And shouldn't it be spelled "Dorset"? The restaurant itself reflects this identity crisis. The food, staff and decor are Chinese, but the overall impression was less of being transported to Beijing than of being in an airport departure lounge. The Jazz muzak could have been piped from a 5 star hospitality suite anywhere on the planet, and at times I almost forgot I was in The Bush.
The service was superb; courteous without being intrusive, and I thought the food was excellent, though my date disagreed, pointing to the slightly glutinous noodles that followed the main event.
And the Peking Duck she pronounced "not as good as Tian Fu" - our local Chinese restaurant on Wood Lane. But then, that is no disgrace, as I think Tian Fu's Peking Duck is pretty good too.
We didn't try the dim sum which, according to other reviews of Shikumen, is their signature dish. So, a good excuse to go back then.
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