When Dover Street’s Automat disappeared overnight, few knew what would take its place. More importantly, where would well-heeled Londoners find baked truffle macaroni and cheese? Soon Park Chinois opened in its place and the question instantly became moot.
Park Chinois is Alan Yau’s latest offering and foray into Mayfair. Yau told the FT this new space is “not really a restaurant…more like an entertainment lifestyle project.” Indeed, it is. The formidable entrance features a gate with metal finials. On entering the foyer guests are greeted by a large, roaring fire and a phalanx of impossibly chic hostesses. The restaurant pays homage to the heady days of 1950s Shanghai and the Dinner Dance.
This establishment offers two very distinct experiences. Should guests choose to dine on the ground floor at Salon de Chine, guests will take in the very best of French Chinoiserie. The elegant décor features chrysanthemum pink velvet upholstery complemented by pastel blue reminiscent of Versailles. Perhaps the most opulent part of dining at Park Chinois is the sheer number of staff dedicated to each table. The live music is the flourishing finish to this marvelous space.
Then there’s Club Chinois in the basement. This decadent space will transport guests to an era of indulgence. The evening is accompanied by the world’s top DJs on deck and dinner is served nightly. The Duck de Chine is the piece de resistance on the menu. It’s especially recommended served alongside one of eight varieties of caviar.
In the few short months Park Chinois has taken up residency on Berkeley Street it has already become a destination for foodies and the glitterati alike. For reservations at Park Chinois, please contact your Insignia Personal Assistant.