A chocolate here, a mince pie there – Christmas overindulgence is all too easy. But who wants to completely eliminate life’s gastronomic pleasures? Even if a detox tops your New Year resolutions list, a thoroughly delicious lunch can still be on the menu, as Min Jiang, the luxury Chinese restaurant on the 10th floor of London’s Royal Garden Hotel, is serving a lunchtime detox sharing menu for two or more guests throughout January.
With its chic, contemporary East Asia-inspired interior and resplendent views over Kensington Gardens, Min Jiang has earned itself a reputation as a destination dining spot for well-heeled urbanites who appreciate the extensive range of dim sum and à la carte delicacies offered by chef Ben Sing Kiew, formerly of Hakkasan. The restaurant, which won three AA rosettes in 2009, serves authentic Chinese 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 special sharing menu (£29.50 per person), which includes a steamed dim sum platter comprising eight pieces of seafood and vegetable parcels, steamed sea bass with ginger and spring onion, stir-fried seasonal vegetables and steamed rice. This healthy lunch is accompanied by Lion’s Peak Dragon Well tea – one of China’s best-loved green teas – which is packed with antioxidants.
Should you find a number of friends also committed to New Year detox resolutions, there’s a 20-cover private dining room and a separate bar area. Antioxidants needn’t be antisocial.