Shikumen, a new affordable Chinese fine-dining restaurant, has slowly been opening its doors to the public since its opening a few months ago at The Dorsett Hotel on Shepherd’s Bush Green. The name Shikumen is so called after the traditional Shanghai stone house architecture of the 1940s that blended east and west which is reflected in the restaurant’s style.
The Handbook popped down to see it for oursevles and found the whole experience was very authentic from the interior design, to the other guests and of course the food, which was aesthetically well-presented and consistent throughout the evening. In the drinks department I opted for the untypical cocktails to get a fully rounded experience, shunning Pina Coladas and Mojitos, and would highly recommend the Fruit of the Dragon and Lotus Flower cocktails which had lychee liqueur in.
The best starter was the Vegetarian Dim Sum Platter each containing a surprise parcel of vegetables and tastes while the best main was the Venison which came in thin slices and a soft peanut type sauce. The Vegetable Fried Rice with Edamame Beans would make for an ideal hangover food, the right mix of grease and carbs, it was hard to put my fork down.
Asian cuisine isn’t particularly well known for their amazing desserts but this would be a shame in this case as the puddings were delicious if not incorrectly named. For example the Tiramisu Souffle was more of a mousse in a chocolate cup which was lovely, just unexpected.
The whole Shikumen experience was like being transported to China without the pricey and lengthy flight. If you aren’t in the mood for a full meal there is a bar area perfect for having a few drinks before continuing your night or even heading upstairs to the hotel. Shikumen may be new but it is definitely one to watch as we reckon it will be around for a long time.
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Written by: Charlotte Knight