Officially opening on 30 May, just a stone’s throw from St James’s Park, Noble Palace is a much-anticipated new restaurant, bar and lounge that will set the benchmark for fine dining and drinking in London.
Noble Palace’s chefs have created a sumptuous menu that will challenge preconceptions about Chinese food. The team draws on flavours and recipes from China’s eight culinary regions, all the while ensuring that only seasonal ingredients are used.
Set to quickly become signatures are the likes of braised Scottish lobster with udon and no less than three Peking duck dishes: with Beluga caviar; stuffed with abalone or served with black truffle pancakes.
Also part of the inimitable Noble Palace experience is a collection inspired by the food once enjoyed by the emperors of China’s final imperial dynasty, the Qing dynasty.
From smoked wild fish and braised Chilean seabass through to drunken chicken with Chinese rice wine and baked bean curd skin rolls with mushrooms, these dishes are characterised by rare and luxurious ingredients.
Each day the chefs will introduce specials onto the menu dependent on the ingredients they source that day. The more adventurous guests can also communicate their likes and dislikes and the kitchen will create bespoke dishes tailormade to their taste preferences.
Complementing the 70-cover restaurant is the Mi Bar, where the drinks list takes a culinary approach to the art of cocktail making. Mi means mystery in Chinese and here guests are invited to take a journey into the unknown.
The menu is in the form of a photo album; on each page, in place of a lengthy list of ingredients the reader is presented with feelings and emotions, together with associated tastes. Hope for instance is ‘fruity, aromatic and juicy’ whilst Calmness is ‘sweet & sour, smooth and complex.’
Once a guest has chosen their mood/flavour profile, the team of mixologists craft the cocktail. Once again, all drinks are created using only seasonal ingredients, whilst garnishes are kept to a minimum to reduce food waste.
The final piece of this enigmatic offering is the Mi Lounge, which will showcase over 200 whiskies. This stunning space also features the largest flat screen television in London.