“Riverside location offers great Chinese food with superb views”
By John Whelan
What was once the restaurant China Zen in the Riverside Building on London’s South Bank has undergone an identity change and is now known as Bao Fa Garden restaurant and bar. It’s been been expanded with a new bar area and open kitchen. It is
now serving classic fusion cuisine and provides an excellent venue for business meetings, business events, wedding parties and birthday parties.
With a location that will send other restaurateurs green with envy, Bao Fa Garden is an exciting addition to the South Bank dining scene and a veritable jewel in the crown. It is set within the Riverside building, part of the County Hall complex, on Queen’s Walk overlooking the Thames. In the evening, with the Thames and the Houses of Parliament lit up, the setting could not be more romantic: tables are placed to show the river and the parliamentary estate at their finest and the view takes in Big Ben and the London Eye.
Meanwhile, the restaurant’s interior has the atmosphere of a drawing room in an old country house. The combination of an archetypically British location and the classic Chinese cuisine is pleasurable indeed.
The Bao Fa Garden team believes ‘green food’ – food produced seasonally, and without resorting to chemical methods – is best. As a result, they have introduced a seasonal menu to ensure that all food materials come from reliable suppliers and they use only green and entirely natural ingredients for all of their dishes – no MSG or colour additives.The new head chef has over twenty-eight years of working experience, including fourteen years of cooking Chinese cuisine, during which time he won several awards in competitions, and fourteen years cooking classic fusion cuisine in Poland, England and Canada. The extensive menu offers a wide range of choice to suit all tastes with excellent dim sum starters, grilled and fried dishes, poultry, fish and seafood, as well as vegetarian options. For those with generous appetites there are dumplings, noodles and rice as you’d expect together with a choice dessert menu.
You can expect a range of fine wines together with traditional Chinese beverages plus attentive but not obtrusive service. After a good meal at Bao Fa Garden you can always enjoy a walk along the river where there are entertainers for the crowds to enjoy.