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Imperial City
Imperial City

Imperial City Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.orientalrestaurantgroup.co.uk
  • Phone: 0207 626 3437
  • Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday 12:00PM-10.30PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Chinese
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We offer catering for offices within The Square Mile.
  • Private Party Facilities: Imperial City is available for private hire. We can accommodate up to 250 for a sit down dinner and up to 400 for a standing reception. We also offer a private dining room with traditional round table where we can accommodate up to 16 people seating or up to 30 standing. For larger parties it is possible to use either one of the dining sections, or both for exclusive use. For a less formal party, the bar area can hold up to 40 guests. We are a contemporary alternative for wedding receptions. The venue can be hired exclusively on weekends and accommodates up to 400 for a standing drinks and canapé reception, or 120 for a seated meal within the restaurant served on traditional round tables, followed by drinks and dancing.
  • Private Party Contact: Stefania Alban 0771 109 1544
  • Entertainment: All kind of entertainments can be arranged.

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Tube: Bank, Monument, Liverpool Street, Mansion House
  • Parking: No
A word from Imperial City
Situated in the undercroft of the Royal Exchange building in the City of London, Imperial City is not simply a restaurant serving the best mouth-watering Oriental cuisine available, but providing its diners with a completely authentic Oriental experience. Imperial City’s groundbreaking menu complements the restaurant’s decadent and boudoir-style surroundings. The avant-garde style of food at Imperial City such as fresh lobster with ginger & spring onions to sizzling fillet of been in Cantonese style, along with tempting deserts such as Imperial lotus pancakes. There are a couple of interesting features which make this restaurant stand out from the crowd. An interesting water feature acts as a main centrepiece in the dining area, which thanks to some mood lighting, gives a strong effect. In the private dining room there is an authentic and highly valuable Chinese emperor’s robe which hangs proudly from the wall.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "I love this venue. Underground and moody with a lovely waterfall. Food is great. Service is excellent and always well looked after. My only criticism is that its a little noisy when busy, so for business meetings its a little strained. There are private areas however but not sure whether these are extra to book. The area on the left as you go in is a little more private. Price-wise its a tad on the high side, but then this is London and there are a lot of business people that go here (on expenses no doubt!). Set menu we had (4 courses) was £36 per head."
    dined on 14/08/2014
  • "Business meal with new customer and got the deal.. or i think :) Would come back"
    dined on 07/08/2014
  • "Food was uninteresting, service was very rushed and not friendly."
    dined on 31/07/2014
  • "The sea bass dish was not on so an alternative was offered which was dry and more bread crumbs than fish. I noticed that the duck which my guest had chosen was dry to the extent that she asked for some sauce to make it palatable. I had taken three friends and I was disappointed that the meal wasn't nicer."
    dined on 30/07/2014
  • "Good food and place to catch up with friends and work colleagues, but in the pricey side for chinese food which was relatively standard in terms of "type" of chinese food you are ordering"
    dined on 25/06/2014
  • "Wonderful food - exactly what you'd expect from a top Chinese restaurant - but very pricey! "
    dined on 28/05/2014
  • "Food was great and really enjoyable, but the food came out a bit too quick for my liking. I ordered the food, then 2 minutes after ordering the first course the duck pancake rolls were served. Once the duck had been cleared there was no longer than 2 minutes until are main course arrived. All very nice, but just felt a bit rushed, even though the rest was not that busy i felt like they wanted to get us in and out. i like to enjoy my meal a bit more and take my time... "
    dined on 25/04/2014
  • "Went there with group of six for dinner. Set in the basesment opposite The Counting House it is tastfully decorated and gave a great first imprssion. Tables are adequately placed apart for privacy and the staff made us comfortable. Attentive staff took drinks orders and put crackers on the tables within minutes. Food not fine dining but certainly tasty chinese food - more the "British market" of what you'd expect from a Chinese restaurant, but tasty food. For ease we went for the 6* Spring Set Menu at £40 ph. Nice choice of food and the wine list was adequate. £25 for a Argentinian Malbec and the same for a Sauvignon Blanc. Revisit? Would prefer to find somewhere more authentic next time. Would I recommend? Yes."
    dined on 24/04/2014
  • "Business lunch at Imperial City, Royal Exchange. Excellent food and good service. Central location."
    dined on 04/04/2014
  • "9 for a team lunch, food was delicious, arrived quickly, no grumbles from anyone. 1 exceptional waiting staff, the others all pretty average, struggled to get attention at times. Abundance of glasses on the table, weren't removed when it was clear we weren't going to need them. There is a separate vegetarian menu so don't be put off by the lack of vegetarian options on their website, there is a very good selection, you'll just need to ask for it."
    dined on 27/03/2014
  • "Possibly the best Chinese meal we have ever had but expensive. They do say you get what you pay for though...."
    dined on 26/03/2014
  • "I took a Chinese person to lunch, it's not that authentic."
    dined on 17/03/2014
  • "The quality of food versus the cost is appauling. Considering its prime location in the City, I would be embarrassed to take a friend or client here. I would not recommend this restaurant."
    dined on 12/03/2014
  • "Top notch service. Staff and manager are always really friendly and helpful. We had our wedding banquet there and continue to visit them whenever possible. By far our favourite oriental restaurant."
    dined on 03/03/2014
  • "Excellent food and service durring the meal, the only complaint would be when trying to get the bill which took a little to long"
    dined on 27/02/2014
  • "One of the best Chinese restaurants in town, although it does not come cheap. The crispy aromatic duck is great."
    dined on 25/02/2014
  • "We ate here friday night, the food was really good, and the staff very nice and efficient. The restaurant was very quiet, I'm guessing as it was a friday, which was quite nice as we were able to have a decent conversation over the dinner table, however it did lack a little atmosphere. The food was very nice, we ordered a mixture of starters and half a duck, which actually came to our table within 10 minutes of ordering. It's nice when food arrives quickly but does make you wonder how fresh it is? Needless to say it did taste amazing!"
    dined on 21/02/2014
  • "The location is great for a business meal but the food isn't very nice and the portion is very small. It is not authentic chinese if this is what you are after. It was a spend of £38 pp for dinner including a couple of beers. The Peking duck was very very disappointing."
    dined on 20/02/2014
  • "Went with a vegetarian client. Great veg selection and food and quick service. The veg ma po tofu was particularly good"
    dined on 19/02/2014
  • "After reading the reviews on how great this restaurant was, I was extremely disappointed with what i actually received. Overpriced cheap food! Sticky basmati rice, greasy noodles, tough steak and sea bass so over-cooked it was basically mashed potato. Pushy staff, always hovering around your table trying to make you buy drinks and order more food. Service charge should be 'optional' as it says on the receipt, therefore NOT having the manager stand over you and confront you as to why you don't think the £15 service charge should be paid. Disappointing Valentines overall - will not be returning in a hurry. Total waste of money"
    dined on 14/02/2014
  • "Had a nice night with my girlfriend on valentines day. Service was a little slow but not terrible. Good was great"
    dined on 14/02/2014
  • "brilliant service and a hige variety of foods to choose from. Would return."
    dined on 14/02/2014
  • "I hadn’t been to Imperial City in the past ten years and before i was quite a regular! I have to say even though no longer a Ken Hom restaurant the service and food was fabulous. The Manager was very accommodating as one of the Air Con was directly beneath us so he arranged for it to be switched off. The food was delicious, from memory i don’t think the set menu had changed either and was totally delicious. The Manager even arranged for a cab to get home which was very helpful of him. Overall great experience."
    dined on 07/02/2014
  • "Given 2 stars as the food was good. Service was deplorable!"
    dined on 30/01/2014
  • "Had dinner with a friend, we both had duck and liked it a lot. I also like the way it looks, it's underground with brick walls. Good food and service, fast, excelent location."
    dined on 29/01/2014
  • "Great taste in food probably best Chinese food I have ever had, very good service very polite and service was quick. Lay out of restaurant was nice as well. Will be going back again that's for sure."
    dined on 17/01/2014
  • "We enjoyed our meal at Imperial City very much. The underground vault surroundings and table layouts were impressively spacious. There was a very good range of options on the menu and the waiter service was efficient and pleasant. I will definitely visit again."
    dined on 12/12/2013
  • "The IC is always a great choice for excellent chinese food. This occasion was no exception however the service was very slow due the festive period and the restaurant being 'full to bursting'. The kitchen was not slow, it was just the taking of food and drink orders, and the delivery of drink orders. This is still a very good restaurant."
    dined on 11/12/2013
  • "The food here is the most tastiest chinese food I have had and is presented lovely. The staff are very efficient but impersonal with no chit chat but thats totally fine with me. Its a little pricey but worth it."
    dined on 10/12/2013
  • "Booked Imperial City to take out clients for a Christmas Lunch. Had the Christmas Menu and to be honest i was dissapointed as it was £40 a head, food was tasty but for £40 i would expect better quality and more of it."
    dined on 10/12/2013
  • "Visited this restaurant for a business lunch and it was perfect. Good atmosphere to chat but not deathly quiet which meant you had to talk all the time. Would very much recommend."
    dined on 06/12/2013
  • "Imperial City is a traditional-style Chinese restaurant done really well. The venue is lovely in the vaults and the staff are attentive. Will be going back."
    dined on 08/11/2013
  • "An excellent Chinese restaurant in the heart of the City ideal for a business lunch. The menu is imaginative with some excellent options and with some subtle sauces. It is expensive but overall reasonable for such a high standard of cuisine. The service was of a high standard and the ambience very welcoming for a subterranean venue."
    dined on 29/10/2013
  • "A great venue for a business chinese dinner - a great night until we got the bill!"
    dined on 24/10/2013
  • "Have eaten here a few times with work, but this was my first 'net account' experience so the first time I have paid attention to the bill. The place is nice, the service is fine, the food all tasted good, I have no complaints there. But I have a really good Chinese restaurant locally, just as good as this, and it is about 50% cheaper. The place is nearly Hakkasan prices, but the food (whist good) really isn't Michelin star quality."
    dined on 18/10/2013
  • "Took some clients out for a few wines then a Chinese. We arrived at the Imperial City , Rpyal Exchange. They had been before, this was my 1st visit. We went for the set menu. The starters were ok. Sadly all the remainder was terrible. dry, tasteless, sub standard. Really awful. After giving them some feedback, we got most of the bill reduced and left. Huge disappointment."
    dined on 17/10/2013
  • "Just had a very enjoyable evening meal at Imperial City. Good atmosphere with excellent service. Food was very good and the menu is broad based with some unusual dishes."
    dined on 16/10/2013
  • "Fantastic food and service. We had the set menu and it came out without any hesitation and each course came out in good time.The food is of excellent quality and the flavours are amazing."
    dined on 10/10/2013
  • "Imperial City has a great atmosphere and the food is fantastic."
    dined on 04/10/2013
  • "We did a business meal for 10. Nice location in the vaults and good service. Went for set menu's but I thought the portions were small, food was nothing special and overall bill quite expensive. Better value and food quality to be had in China Town!"
    dined on 02/10/2013