Still one of the most glamorous and fashionable of London’s restaurants, Hakkasan is also one of the best places to eat Oriental food anywhere. Taking Cantonese food as its inspiration, it spins this into the kind of wondrous cuisine that gets you Michelin stars and gourmet adulation. Hakkasan, 8 Hanway Place, W1T 1HD. www.hakkasan.com.
Up on the 10th floor of the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington with some scintillating views over Hyde Park, Min Jiang is an exquisite dining room, in which the house speciality is wood-fired Beijing duck carved at your table and served six ways. Min Jiang, Royal Garden Hotel, 2-24 Kensington High Street, W8 4PT. www.minjiang.co.uk.
Hidden behind an unobtrusive entrance on Holborn, Shanghai Blue is a smart, darkly atmospheric blend of old imperial China and speakeasy glamour. The food is as well-presented as the restaurant itself, with some particularly fine dim sum. The cocktails are rather a draw as well. 193-197 High Holborn, WC1V 7BD. www.shanghaiblues.co.uk.