A chocolatehere, a mince pie there – Christmas overindulgence is all too easy. But whowants to completely eliminate life’s gastronomic pleasures? Even if adetox tops your New Year resolutions list, a thoroughly delicious lunch canstill be on the menu, as Min Jiang, the luxury Chinese restaurant on the 10thfloor of London’s Royal Garden Hotel, is serving a lunchtime detox sharingmenu for two or more guests throughout January.
With itschic, contemporary East Asia-inspired interior and resplendent views overKensington Gardens, Min Jiang has earned itself a reputation as a destinationdining spot for well-heeled urbanites who appreciate the extensive range of dimsum and à la carte delicacies offered by chef Ben Sing Kiew, formerly ofHakkasan. The restaurant, which won three AA rosettes in 2009, serves authenticChinese cuisine from some of the country’s most gastronomically revered provinces.Its signature dish is Legendary Beijing Duck cooked in a wood-fired oven using ancient traditional methods.
Detoxers, however, will prefer the specialsharing menu (£29.50 per person), which includes a steamed dim sum plattercomprising eight pieces of seafood and vegetable parcels, steamed sea bass withginger and spring onion, stir-fried seasonal vegetables and steamed rice. Thishealthy lunch is accompanied by Lion’s Peak Dragon Well tea – one of China’sbest-loved green teas – which is packed with antioxidants.
Should youfind a number of friends also committed to New Year detox resolutions,there’s a 20-cover private dining room and a separate bar area. Antioxidantsneedn’t be antisocial.