Bo Lang: Dim Sum & Tea in Chelsea

This week stylish 60-cover dim sum restaurant and teahouse Bo Lang opens in Chelsea’s Draycott Avenue. Head Chef and Dim Sum Master Kai Wang has over 10 years’ experience starting his career at Yue Hai Jin Wei Hotel in China before going on to work at the Grand Imperial at Grosvenor House and as Dim Sum Head Chef for Arkady Novikov.

The kitchen team has created an extensive menu of traditional and contemporary dim sum, including Snow crab, coriander and water chestnut with balsamic pearls; Sea bass, prawn and Chinese celery; and Lobster with goji berry. The menu also features light main plates including salads, grilled and steamed dishes such as blue swimmer crab salad, sautéed root vegetables with jasmine, and Bo Lang crispy duck.

There is also a vast selection of rare and iced teas served in a range of traditional cast iron teapots. Enticing desserts include classic mochi and a range of macaroons with delicate, oriental notes including jasmine, rose and Earl Grey. A carefully crafted selection of Oriental-inspired cocktails features the Fortune Martini, Jade Dragon, and Chinese Garden.

Striking interiors have been created by designer Shaun Clarkson, who previously designed the Oxo Tower, Duke’s Hotel & Pitt Cue Co. Grey leather sofas and charcoal velvet chairs are offset by cutout wooden screens and tables. In the evening, candles will gently illuminate the space with its marble-fronted bar.

Founder, Aytan Eldarova was brought up in Moscow and first came to England in 1998. Her heritage lies in hospitality as her family founded a jazz club in the capital. She has also written a range of children’s books under her pen name, Sofia Eldarova. The first, A Proud Violin, was published in the UK in February 2012.