Hot Pot, opening next month on Chinatown's Wardour Street, has been designed specifically to honour the tradition of this ancient communal activity. Traditionally hot pot is enjoyed at a slow pace allowing groups of friends and family to cook together to create, celebrate and socialise. The process is to boil a broth, cook selected ingredients and then dip said ingredients in a dipping sauce saving the broth until the end.
The restaurant has been designed for groups with booths and large tables over two floors and elegantly decorated in gold tones with botanical-inspired wall coverings accented by metallic woven panels, antique mirrors, polished-brass palm wall-lights, crackle-glazed jade tiles and linen table lamps.
Diners can choose from five varieties of broths each made with over 50 ingredients in-house daily; from China a fiery Mala Sichuan broth, a soothing chicken broth made from black chicken, an enriching mushroom broth (vegetarian) with white turnips and soy milk and a refreshing clear broth of ginger, spring onion and Chinese dates. From Thailand there is a hot and sour broth made from lemongrass, lime, prawns and chilli. Over 60 premium ingredients are available to cook such as lobster selected live from tanks that line the restaurant entrance, rib-eye, seabass, king prawns, shrimp wontons, fresh abalone, sweet potato and quail eggs. Guests can experiment making their own dipping sauce with unlimited visits to a sauce station of over 20 herbs, pastes, oils and seasonings.
We knew the new year festivities weren't finished yet! Chinese New Year is coming, on the 27th January and where better to celebrate it than in Chinatown with Opium, the bar that is...
From the 27th January to the 2nd February there will be cause to book a table at the bar where they will be celebrating Chinese New Year in style.
Doors open at 17.00 every night and entertainment starts from 20.00.
Chinatown London - Due to the success of last year’s celebrations Opium in the heart of Chinatown are throwing a fabulous week of celebrations this year. They are planning face painters and photo booths to name just a few.
If you find yourself in Chinatown this New Year and want to escape the chaos of the street celebrations make sure to book a table in the serene surroundings of Opium Chinatown. Nestled behind a Jade Door in the heart of Chinatown.
To make a reservation call 020 7734 7276 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
China Town looks to be really coming into its own for cool bars this year and Opium is a great new addition. The new bar has been created by Eric Yu (Punk, Social) and Dre Masso (Atlantic Bar & Grill, 10 Room and Lonsdale House) and has been inspired by all the good bits of the Chinese opium dens of the 19th Century.
With these two London bar veterans at the helm the place is bound to be good. The new Opium Bar fuses together Chinese drinking and eating in a discreet and chic bar space.
Opium embraces many of the rituals of Chinese eating and drinking which is really nice to see reflected in a UK Chinese restaurant. This being the case each cocktails will be served with a touch of theatre – and upstairs Dre Masso will run a school for aspiring bartenders.
Food and drink, like most places will change seasonally to reflect the markets of Chinatown
Decor is of course oriental themed but also contains a twist that keeps it modern and fresh; metal finishes on classic Chinese furniture for example.
15-16, Gerrard Street, China Town