This September, Bright Courtyard turns five, so they’re celebrating by inviting hungry Londoners to sample some of the best authentic Chinese food on offer in the capital.
What to Expect
Contemporary Chinese restaurant Bright Courtyard opened in autumn 2011, following the success of their original restaurant in Shanghai. They specialise in authentic dim sum, modern Cantonese and traditional Shanghai cuisine with a twist.
They’ve even created a special birthday menu for the occasion, which draws on the five Chinese elements: fire, water, wood, earth and metal. And it includes a lot of lobster!
What to Eat
They have three or four menus to choose from – including their monthly specials and a nifty iPad to scroll through and drool over the images – so order as many dishes as your group can manage. Make sure you ask the waiting staff for recommendations if you’re finding it particularly tricky to choose between the generous fare; they’re knowledgeable and more than happy to oblige.
We recommend you step back from your fail-safe sweet and sour / black bean sauce options and try a mix of the traditional and Shanghai dishes, because this is where they really stand out. For starters, go for the Shanghai Ribs (pictured above) and Shanghai Duck, and for mains dive into the Chicken Hot Pot – a particular favourite.
For the more adventurous souls (and those who’ve heroically managed to leave room for dessert), the much sought after Chinese Bird’s Nest – that’s bird spittle to you and I – and traditional Snow Fungus are on offer for desserts. We didn’t have quite enough space though…
What to Drink
They have a wide selection of teas available, from Oolong to Jasmine, for those craving a taste of the Orient. However you can also sample their signature cocktails at their newly revamped champagne and cocktail bar.
Seafood. You can choose your own lobster or crab if that’s what you fancy, or – for those who like a workout with their meal – you can lock claws with the Spicy Crab (have fun figuring out what all of the tools are for!).
With over a hundred dishes on offer, we know that the vegetable side dishes probably won’t be high on your list of things to order. However, when the waitress suggested we add green beans to our growing list of dishes, we weren’t disappointed! They came stir-fried with pork, and were delicious.
While some may turn their nose up at the thought of perusing the menu before arriving at a restaurant, we recommend people who consider themselves to be particularly indecisive check first and go in with a game plan. Otherwise, you could spend hours choosing what to eat!
A 15-minute stroll from Oxford Street, in the secluded Baker Street.
Bright Courtyard | 43-45 Baker Street, London W1U 8EW | The special birthday menu is on offer for the month of September