Jing Yaa Tang
There are certain names in the hospitality industry that have come to be synonymous with style and quality, and Alan Yau’s is most definitely one of them. The London-based restaurateur whose culinary successes include a perfect roll-call of oriental eating like Hakkasan, Wagamama, Cha Cha Moon, Yauatcha and the latest Brit-cap city fine-diner HKK, now enters the Chinese market with a suitably svelte and contemporary, dramatic 155-seat dining experience based around a central dining hall or ‘tang’. With elevated eating and viewing platforms on either side, private corner dining booths, a communal table for snacks and a central bar, the stage is set for culinary fireworks, and centre stage is the all important duck oven.
Chef de cuisine Li Dong’s range of dishes wisely incorporates the city’s signature Beijing roast duck in various guises, but also features regional dishes like Szechuan’s famed spicy chicken and peanut stir-fry kung pao chicken, and fiery dan dan noodles. With its chic palette of raw brick, glass and rich gloss lacquer, Jing Yaa Tang is a further indication of the capital’s new found culinary and design confidence, one that’s set to make it a fixture amongst the city’s hi-so cognoscenti and visitors alike. But book ahead.