A Culinary Journey at St James’ Court, A Taj Hotel

Staying at St James’ Court, A Taj Hotel in London, is an extraordinary experience. It is elevated by the renowned House of Ming restaurant.

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Diners can explore dishes that have evolved over almost five decades

Our stay at St James’ Court, A Taj Hotel in London, was truly extraordinary, enriched by the added indulgence of a mouthwatering dinner at the renowned House of Ming restaurant.

Positioned near Buckingham Palace and St James’ Park, the hotel’s prime location places iconic attractions like Big Ben, The Houses of Parliament and Westminster Cathedral within easy walking distance.

Whether exploring London for business or leisure, the hotel impresses with its beautiful architecture and impeccable service, striving to create memorable experiences for every guest.

House of Ming, a globally acclaimed restaurant, opened its doors in London at the end of May 2023, captivating diners within the elegant confines of St James’ Court, A Taj Hotel.

The 56-seater restaurant, designed by award-winning Atelier Wren, draws inspiration from the famous House of Ming, incorporating traditional Chinese elements to create an intimate dining space.

The Ming nobility’s influence is evident in the restaurant’s botanicals from China, featuring intricately designed ginkgo leaves symbolising yin and yang, representing longevity and vitality.

The meticulous craftsmanship, including hand-painted canvases by Lara Fiorentino and embroidered silk panels by Jacky Puzey, creates a sumptuous atmosphere.

With features like bespoke love seats and a discreet kitchen summoning button, the restaurant offers one of the most romantic dining experiences in London.

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Internationally renowned chef, TV personality and DJ Gok Wan collaborates exclusively with the House of Ming, curating a carefully selected playlist that complements the dining experience.

The restaurant’s creative and experimental menu, shaped by an outstanding team with diverse culinary experiences, pays homage to the House of Ming legacy in New Delhi.

Diners can explore dishes that have evolved over almost five decades, blending regional Sichuan and Cantonese favourites with creatively inspired twists from the chef’s travels.

The carefully curated menu includes London-specific culinary additions like Yu Xian fresh black cod and diced chicken Tai Chin Kai, alongside an impressive array of vegetarian and vegan options.

House of Ming caters to both shared dining experiences and solo diners, offering a chic imperial dining option with a nine-course Chef’s Choice menu for those seeking a more exclusive experience.

The restaurant also boasts an excellent selection of beverages, including a diverse wine list and a dedicated Tea Sommelier, enhancing the overall dining experience.

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The hotel itself exudes luxury with its combination of modern and traditional rooms.

The friendly and welcoming service, set against grand surroundings, creates an atmosphere of deluxe comfort.

Spacious rooms with spotless facilities, plush beds and well-designed spaces contribute to an indulgent stay.

Our experience at the restaurant’s private seating with a personal bell service was truly unique, adding an exclusive touch to our dining experience.

The dim sum selection was a delightful start, especially the Pan Fried Chicken Dumplings.

Filled with minced chicken, spring onion and coriander, each bite was a burst of flavour, complemented perfectly by the six dipping sauces that elevated the entire dish.

Moving on to the small plate, the Lamb Wonton Sichuan Garlic was a flavorful delight. The steamed wontons in Sichuan garlic sauce were well-spiced and tantalising to the taste buds.

The highlight of our meal was the large plate – Black Pepper Beef.

Sliced beef fillet, green and red peppers, onion, black pepper, and garlic combined to create a dish that was cooked to perfection.

The beef melted in the mouth, and when paired with the Egg Fried Rice, it resulted in an exquisite blend of flavours that lingered pleasantly.

For dessert, we indulged in the heavenly Melting Pot, a combination of chocolate mousse and passion fruit cremeux.

The rich chocolate and citrusy passion fruit created a mouthwatering symphony of flavours that left us craving for more.

To complement our dining experience, we opted for the Silk Route, an alcoholic drink that paid homage to the world’s oldest trade passage between China and the rest of the world.

This unique concoction, featuring Glenmorangie 10-year, Sichuan pepper cordial, five-spiced bitter, egg white, lemon, ancho reyes and applewood smoke, added a sophisticated touch to our evening.

Special mention goes to our exceptional waiter, Ivonio, who ensured our dining experience was truly memorable.

We even had the pleasure of meeting Head Chef Dickson Leung, adding a personal touch to our night.

Our culinary journey continued into the next morning with an extraordinary breakfast at TH@51 restaurant.

The menu, inspired by flavours around the world, offers unique signature dishes that pair popular flavours to excite the palate.

Opting for a full English and a full Indian breakfast, our day began in style, completing the exceptional food and stay experience.

The modern eatery is a perfect setting for relaxing with friends, and the stylish ambience welcomes food lovers to indulge in great conversation from day to night.

In addition to the culinary delights, St James’ Court, A Taj Hotel, places a strong emphasis on wellness.

The onsite J Wellness Circle combines the award-winning Indian Jiva with the British lifestyle brand Temple Spa.

Jiva treatments, rooted in India’s rich heritage of wellness, offer a perfect blend of ancient techniques and ingredients to heal the mind, body, and spirit.

The spa experience was truly a joy, including a 60-minute Indian Aromatherapy massage and a 60-minute My Kinda Skin Prescription Facial, which added a rejuvenating touch to our stay, completing the exceptional experience at St James’ Court, A Taj Hotel.

For reservations at St James’ Court, A Taj Hotel please visit the website.

Dhiren is a journalism graduate with a passion for gaming, watching films and sports. He also enjoys cooking from time to time. His motto is to “Live life one day at a time.”

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