The vaulted cellars of the Royal Exchange in the heart of the City's financial district have been converted into a seductive temple of south-east Asian cuisine in the form of Imperial City. A bare brick interior with two separate dining rooms is livened up by sleek partition screens, trailing lights and a rocky waterfall. Celebrity chef Ken Hom designed the restaurant menu, which has plenty of fresh flavours alongside the usual favourites, including crocodile with broccoli and cashew nuts and Nonya sea bass fillet wrapped in banana leaf.
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CornhillThe CityLondonEC3V 3LL
Being Chinese myself and never being a fan of Chinese food outside of Chinatown or my mother's house, I cringed when my boss suggested taking a client out to this local plush restaurant for a spot of lunch.
If I'm going to be honest, i was taken aback by the deco when I first walked in. It was genuinely well designed and hid the fact that it was probably an underground wine cellar or some...more
Maybe I need to come back when it's not a corporate function type thing.
It was just okay. I've been to another restaurant in this restaurant group's... group... and it's really good (Gatwick Oriental), but I found Imperial City a little lackluster by comparison.
Crispy Hoisin duck starter is definitely a highlight.more
Awesome food, quick service, beautiful ambiance.
The tiger prawns are some of the best I have ever had.
It is a rare gem in the city and I would gladly go back !more
You think you like Chinese food, just wait til you've tried this place it is fantastic. Imperial City is located in part of the old Royal Exchange Building in Cornhill near Bank Tube Station in London.
From the modest street level entrance you will be suprised at what awaits downstairs. The restaurant is set in a vaulted brick cellar, the ceiling of which has been painted in the most...more