Zen China, County Hall

Specialising in Beijing and northern Chinese cuisine, Zen China is situated on the first floor of County Hall (former GLC premises) by the London Eye, with fantastic views over the Thames and Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. While I can’t pretend to be a fan of Chinese food this is one of very few Chinese restaurants I’d be happy to eat at.

Zen China in County Hall

We visited last night and – perhaps because it’s such a large, open restaurant – it didn’t feel overly busy even though tables were full. Tables are well spaced out, possibly so there’s enough room for waiting staff to pull up a carving table on which to shred roast duck, a house speciality.

We opted for these six dishes from the tasting menu (normally £60 a head although we got an excellent reduction through Groupon @ £20 a head):

~ shredded roast duck + vegetable soup

~ Beijing duck with homemade pancakes and trimmings and hoisin sauce

~ chicken in cherry sauce (sweet and sour)

~ sizzling spicy beef with black beans

~ braised sea bass
~ imperial fried rice

Considering it was a ‘tasting’ menu, they were large portions (go with a good appetite!) and every dish was served in a special way by attentive waiting staff, with an explanation. The shredding of the roast duck at the table was the most spectacular though, as was the taste of this dish (outstanding).

The spicy beef was surprisingly hot and spicy – well accompanied by a bottle of prosecco (or two).

Big Ben from Zen China

And, being in County Hall, we finished off a really great evening with entertainment at Namco Station in the basement, playing guitar hero and ten pin bowling (and admiring some experts on the dance mats!).

Restaurant info:
~ Lardbutty rating: 3.5 / 5
~ Type: Chinese
~ Address: County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, London
~ Postcode: SE1 7PB
~ Tel: 020 7261 1196
~ Nearest tube station: Waterloo, Westminster
~ Website + menus: Zen China website
~ Location: Zen China restaurant map

Zen China on Urbanspoon


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