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Sunday, May 21, 2006

Four Seasons

It is not altogether uncommon to get confused when your friends ask you, 'Do you want to go to Four Seasons to eat?' for the first time. 'Uhh.. isn't that expensive... the Four Seasons Hotel at Mayfair (that's one posh place)?'

'No lah. Come. Its not THAT expensive'

Next thing you know, you're at Queensway, freshly exited from the Bayswater Tube Station, and you walk for a short while.

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Oh. Potong stim. 文興 (兴)酒家.

Anyway, this place is really popular. There are so many other Chinese restaurants (and bigger ones too) along Queensway, yet many people flock here. Expect long waiting times once the restaurant becomes full, even if you have reservations. And expect to get chased out as quickly as you can eat, unless the restaurant isn't busy (goodness me, the World Cup is on its way, good news indeed!). Not even if you carry LV shopping bags will give you better chances, you need to wait in line *smirks*.

The best times to ensure that you get a table are either if you come early (before 6pm) or late (after 9pm). If you come late though, you might just miss out on the speciality:

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Photograph courtesy of MooPig.

Boneless roast duck with sweet sauce on the left. Absolutely fantastic. Many swear that its the best roast duck in the world. Unfortunately, I know of a certain Teochew-style duck restaurant somewhere in PJ, Malaysia, which is just as good, in my books (although they are of completely different styles). Deep fried octopus on the right, which I found an interesting change from deep fried cuttlefish.

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Sichuan soup. The bloody peas in there spoilt the soup! Arghhhh.

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Lamb brisket with dried beancurd, water chestnuts etc. Pretty decent stuff.

As always, don't go there too often (unlike certain people I know!), otherwise the food will just taste normal after a while.

Note: This post is cumulative of many visits, and is representative of my own gastronomical opinions.


  • *cough*

    you took that picture okayyy


    By Blogger MooPig, at Sunday, May 21, 2006 7:20:00 pm  

  • uh! it is "xing"
    Haha, sorry. After looking at the simplified chinese you wrote beside, only I realised.

    By Anonymous Stephanie, at Monday, May 22, 2006 1:34:00 pm  

  • Aiyah! Why not go down to Magic Wok just further down? Not as packed (although still difficult to find a seat) and the staff are friendlier.

    By Blogger Jon, at Monday, May 22, 2006 1:51:00 pm  

  • It's an essential stop for me whenever I am in London. Love the roast duck here.

    By Blogger boo_licious, at Monday, May 22, 2006 3:03:00 pm  

  • moopig: so I did! but never mind lah, too lazy to edit. let you have some credit :P

    steph: its okie. I wouldn't have guessed anyway!

    jon: actually, been there. the owner told me to wait 45 minutes. hopped to 4 seasons, and got a table in 10 minutes.

    boo: must be a real treat! :)

    By Blogger elb, at Monday, May 22, 2006 7:18:00 pm  

  • you can always book a table in four season if you know the worker.That's what my friend did.

    By Anonymous yothemans.com, at Monday, May 22, 2006 10:59:00 pm  

  • yotheman: Not much use. You still need to wait even if you reserve, especially if not everyone has arrived.

    By Blogger elb, at Monday, May 22, 2006 11:50:00 pm  

  • Great!!! Thank you for the information!!! You know, this popular Chinese restaurant you can find “in pieces” on Cyprus!!! Last year my husband and I stayed in Limassol Four Seasons and ate Chinese food there!!! Very delicious!!! It’s the place where you can kill two birds with one stone: on the one hand, you can eat all the most popular Chinese dishes there and on the other – you get excellent rooms, service and a lot of entertainments!!! But the fairy see from your window is out of question!!!

    By Blogger Jess, at Wednesday, September 13, 2006 1:22:00 pm  

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