I previously visited Crowne Plaza during their hotel showcase where we had a little sample of the food at the restaurant, but this was my first time dining at the Chinese Cricket Club.
Located within Crowne Plaza London – The City, just opposite Blackfriars station, the restaurant is known to specialize in Sichuan cuisine, led by Executive Chef Ken Wang.
Judging by its location, I would assume that it’s main clientele would be business and city workers, but also caters well for the wider public, as we observed a large family reunion that took place on the evening that we visited.
A special Queen’s Birthday menu was on offer that evening, on the day of the big street party on The Mall, designed by Chef Ken Wang.
We started with some dumplings which were freshly prepared and handcrafted in their kitchen. Unfortunately I missed out on the past Dim Sum masterclasses, which I’m sure would have been good fun! We sampled the prawn har gau and scallop and prawn sui mai which are classic favourites. The prawn inside was fresh and juicy and topped with some caviar that gave a pleasant popping texture. The scallop and pork was just as delicious.
The mains consisted of beef tenderloin with black pepper and Yu-xiang chicken Sichuan style, served with a portion of brown rice and egg fried rice. The beef was really soft and tender with bits of straw mushrooms. The Yu-xiang chicken was also tasty, which is a classic Sichuan stir-fry dish which consists of shredded chicken cooked with carrot, bamboo shoots, and peppers in a pungent sweet and sour garlic sauce.
Both dishes were quite simple but still tasty, and with lots of sauce to have with the rice.
Our meal ended with a slice of birthday cake which was a light sponge cake with cream and cherries.
Overall it was a simple and satisfying meal, although I would be interested to see what the main a la carte menu would be like.
If you happen to work in the area, they also do an Express Lunch and Dinner menu for those pressed for time…
Check out their website for further details.
The Cheekster, signing out x
The meal was complimentary, but views remain my own.