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Restaurant Review: MiMi Mei Fair, London

Positioned off the corner of Curzon Street, MiMi Mei Fair brings new levels of opulence to Mayfair’s dining scene.

From the team behind Jamavar and Bombay Bustle, MiMi Mei Fair makes a compelling case for eating out (as if we need convincing). A crash course in fanciful concept dining, this place is pure fun.

The Lowdown 

At MiMi Mei Fair fictional Empress MiMi reigns supreme. The menu, the dress code, the interiors… all are by her decree.

Credit: Steven Joyce

Credit: Steven Joyce

Spanning three floors of a Georgian townhouse, brought to life by designer Tom Stother at Fabled Studio, MiMi Mei Fair is undoubtedly one of the prettiest restaurants we’ve dined at in London of late. After taking in its many bijou dining rooms, we pronounced Dining Level 2’s Wedgewood-blue parlour room the apple of our eye.

What To Order

The kitchen is headed up by Chinese-Singaporean chef Peter Ho. Ho’s menu if “authentic and innovative Chinese dishes” is “inspired by Empress MiMi’s travels across Hong Kong, Singapore, and the provinces of mainland China in particular Guangdong, Sichuan, Fujian, and Hunan”.

Photography by Steven Joyce

Photography by Steven Joyce

Their apple wood-fired roasted Peking duck is the star of the show and needs to be pre-ordered at least 24 hours in advance – reader, it’s worth it! Other must-eats include: the stir-fried black pepper beef fillet and chilli prawns with coriander and the baked Chilean sea bass. Dim sum fans, try the Xiao Long Jewels – a quintet of rainbow-hued bundles stuffed with chicken, prawn, chilli crab, purple yam, and pork.

Credit: Steven Joyce

Credit: Steven Joyce

The dessert menu is compact; the bittersweet almond tart served with Asian pear sorbet takes top prize. After your meal, head downstairs to the mirror-panelled Moon Bar for further libations.

Who To Bring

Anyone (aged nine and above) with a taste for the finer things.

The Dress Code

Smart casual. Personally, we’d show up wearing something in a jacquard. Whatever you decide to don, do note, flip flops, beachwear, and gymwear are no-nos here.

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