Tucked away behind Green Park station on Curzon Street, in London’s stylish Mayfair neighbourhood, is an absolute gem of a restaurant – with serious Wes Anderson vibes. Stepping into MiMi Mei Fair feels like stepping back in time, to a bygone era of style and opulence.
We’ve eaten twice at MiMi Mei Fair, so far, and both times were during Chinese New Year. If you’re looking for a luxurious way to celebrate Chinese New Year, then book a table at MiMi Mei Fair!
Whilst it doesn’t have a Michelin star, yet, it is on the Michelin Guide.
The concept at MiMi Mei Fair
The restaurant is a townhouse belonging to the fictitious high society ‘Empress’ MiMi and is set over three floors with six distinct rooms. Downstairs is the Moon Bar, which is in an Art Deco style, and a private dining area called The Vault. The first time we had dinner at MiMi Mei Fair we had a drink at the bar and I’d definitely recommend one before your meal.
On the ground level, near the entrance, is The Hall. These are salon tables that seat two to four people. They remind me of the dining carriage on the Orient Express – although they have been inspired by the Forbidden Palace of Beijing.
The Drawing Room looks out on to Curzon Street and also has salon tables. I adored the framed artwork of beautiful flowers, the 1930s lights and the pairing of the blue tables with yellow walls. This room houses the curated art from the fictitious MiMi’s travels.
Just off the Drawing Room is the Peacock Room, which is a private dining area that can seat up to eight people. It’s certainly decadent, with hand-painted silk wallpaper that features… peacocks!
Upstairs there are two dining areas – The Library and The Parlour. We’ve dined twice in the Parlour and it’s a beautiful room with a stunning fireplace and gorgeous artwork on the paneling.
I love the colours in The Parlour – the coral leather chairs, the red chandelier and red doors, with the blues and greens on the wall.
Celebrating Chinese New Year
MiMi Mei Fair goes all out for Chinese New Year with stunning decor, including Wishing Trees. There’s also a special set menu to celebrate Chinese New Year, which includes three starters, three mains with two side dishes and dessert for £128 per person.
If you dine during Chinese New Year, you’re given a card with which to write a wish on and then it’s put on the tree.
The food at MiMi Mei Fair
The a la carte menu at MiMi Mei Fair is just two pages and has enough variety for meat eaters, pescatarians and vegetarians. We ordered the vegetarian dim sum and the Wagyu black pepper baked puff to start. The dim sum consisted of a selection of three different vegetable dim sum, with dipping sauces, served in a bamboo steamer. My favourite was the one with truffle – so tasty. What was good was that they had changed the selection since our last visit, as we had ordered this dish before.
The Wagyu black pepper baked puffs were a revelation! Little morsels of deliciousness – we could’ve eaten them all night. They were lightly spiced with a little kick from the black pepper. My only criticism is that they should come in a serving size of four, not three. That way, if you’re sharing, you get two each.
We learnt from our last visit that if you want the apple wood fire roasted Peking duck, you need to order it at least 24 hours in advance. So this time, we made sure to put our order in! I’m so glad we did as it was delicious! Plus, it’s quite the show watching the chef carve it for you at your table and talk through the different cuts.
The Peking duck comes with pancakes, cucumber, spring onion (we asked for no spring onion) and a number of condiments. We also learned that the best way to eat the skin is to sprinkle a bit of brown sugar over it – absolute game changer.
As a side dish, we ordered the Hakka noodles with beansprouts and meaty shiitake mushrooms. They were really good and I liked how you could add heat to them with the chilli oil accompaniment if you wished.
There is also a decent dessert selection as well as a selection of ice-cream and sorbet if you just want something light after your meal.
MiMi Mei Fair is a stunning restaurant with both style and an interesting story. The food is delicious and varied, with dishes for all tastes. The service is excellent, professional and attentive. It is high end, which means high end prices.
We enjoyed the food, the wine and the experience and will definitely be back.