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It’s been one year since House of Ming opened its doors in London. An opulent Chinese restaurant with branches worldwide originally was established in India in 1978 which is why its British address at St. James’ Court, A Taj Hotel makes perfect sense.

Authentic design from the provinces of China

Inspired by the Ming Dynasty, the restaurant was designed with attention to detail: hand-painted ceilings, lush, velvet booths, red lacquer, green hues, elegant brass pendant lights, the custom Celadon Ceramics and porcelain decorative elements generously spread across elegant group dining rooms make anyone feel like a royalty.

There are lush golden “love seats” for two with their own velvet curtains to create a unique intimacy. At the table there’s a mysterious unlabelled golden button, if pressed a personalised romantic surprise will be on its way to you!

Limited edition menu

To celebrate the one year anniversary House of Ming has created a special menu in partnership with Rémy Martin’s Louis XIII. Diners can indulge in a four-course lunch or dinner with each dish paired with the finest cognac.

Kicking things off with a duet of classic Dim Sums, you will be provided with the choice between a seafood symphony with Scallop and Prawn Dim Sums, or opt for roots and beans with Pak Choi, Lotus Root Sesame and Edamame Smoked Chilli Dim Sum.

Next up is a selection of delicious appetizers such as the Pan-Fried Rack of Lamb served with a Sweet Black Pepper Sauce and House of Ming best-seller crispy fried Lotus Stem Honey Chilli – to name just a few. The Head Chef has chosen his all-time favourite mains for the feast too, choose from Sichuan Baby Lobster, Kung Pao Chicken or Ma Po Tofu.

Signature flaming duck

For one month only the team is also welcoming back the show-stopping Flaming Duck. Delight your senses when a majestic gong is struck each time the chef flames a whole duck tableside. This theatrical cooking method creates the crispiest skin, most succulent meat and is incredible to see.

The restaurant also has its own dedicated Tea Sommelier, as well as a unique tea trolley.

Fortune-telling ceremony

And the cherry on top – in honour of the restaurant’s roots, diners can commemorate the first year as they would in traditional Asian cultures. When a little one turns one, the celebrations include a fortune-telling ceremony.

During this ceremony, various objects are placed in front of the baby, and people gather to see which object the baby reaches out to, giving an indication of their future. House of Ming is putting the fate firmly in its guests’ hands and will be placing four traditional objects on the table for people to select. Each item corresponds to a limited-edition Bao bun flavour – will you be surprised with chicken, pork, mushroom, or duck?

Anniversary specials at House of Ming are available until 15th June. The restaurant is open Monday – Sunday: 12:00-3:30pm, 6:30-10:30pm (closed Tuesday). More information can be found here.


Image credits: © House of Ming