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Restaurant The Chinese Library

The Chinese Library

Restaurant, $$$$, Beijing, Cantonese, Central
With its contemporary interior within the historical Tai Kwun, The Chinese Library presents Chinese fare with a modern revamp with Western influences
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  • ReservationYes
  • Accept Credit CardYes
  • Dress CodeSmart Casual
  • Vegetarian DishMore than 10
  • Bring Your Own BottleYes
  • BuffetNo
  • CorkageHK$400 per bottle
  • Smoking AreaNo
  • Car ValetNo

Review

With three adjacent restaurant and bar concepts at Tai Kwun, Aqua Group sure knows how to polish the identity of its concepts, with each paying some homage to the colonial history of Hong Kong. Enter The Chinese Library from the next-door bar, revealing a vast main dining hall with high ceiling. The handsome square room is embellished richly with dark wood, an abundance of brass, and various shades of green from jade to evergreen. Settle into the banquettes lining the sides of the restaurant and enjoy a Hong Kong-inspired cocktail, made with a local twist. Despite the colonial elements in the façade’s design, the restaurant’s menu is strictly crafted to accentuate the rich discipline and artistry of a skilled Chinese chef, from the incredible knife skills needed to carve celtuce into jade flowers (served with green peppercorn essence) to the thousand-cut tofu blossom in Chinese chicken broth. It even shines in simple stir-fried vermicelli with eggs and crabmeat. The Chinese Library impresses food lovers with a strong dose of nostalgia for the cultural blending of old Hong Kong, where the elements of cultures clash to form a whole new identity.

What to order

  • Chrysanthemum ‘thousand cut’ silken tofu in chicken broth highlights the chefs’ superb knife skills, presenting a tofu blossom within the warm broth.
  • Deep-fried whole mandarin fish gets a Sichuan touch, as the butterflied and deep-fried fish is spread on a platter with a sweet and sour sauce, enriched with the numbing sensation from green Sichuan peppercorns.
  • Fried rice noodles with crabmeat and shredded pork is fantastic. The thin vermicelli remain loose and fluffy with bits of scrambled eggs clinging onto each strand. These stir-fried noodles are particularly well-tossed without being oily.

Tatler Tip

Even though The Chinese Library is a separate establishment from the bar adjacent to the restaurant, they share the same beverage list, allowing guests to order from the Chinese-inspired cocktails from the main cocktail selection.

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