After a relaxing visit to the lavender farm, we took the train back to London and decided to have dinner in central London. We thought about visiting Gold Mine since it was located near our hotel and we heard good reviews about the restaurant.
Before reviewing the restaurant, we would like to share a few photos that we took in London at night. Pictured above is the world well-known London Eye, with the County Hall on the right, which houses the Sea Life London Aquarium, London Film Museum and the Namco Station amusement arcade. This photo was taken from the north bank of River Thames, on the Westminster Bridge. The London Eye is the tallest Ferris wheel in Europe and the most popular paid tourist attraction in the UK. It would be advisable to book your tickets online if you’re interested in the ride.
Back to the main theme of our blog, Gold Mine is located strategically in Bayswater, on the same street as Four Seasons.
We started our dinner with Gold Mine’s specialty – special roast duck Cantonese style (粤式烧鸭). Priced at £9.80 for half a duck, the roast duck was very delicious. The duck was indulgently fatty and the sauce was sweet and addictive. However, we somehow prefer Four Seasons over Gold Mine’s.
Priced at £8.70, we also had a double cooked pork belly with yam in hot pot (芋头扣肉煲). The pork belly was tender and juicy, and the yam was soft and powdery. It was very nice when eaten with white rice.
Lastly, we also tried their braised bean curd with minced pork, diced Chinese mushrooms and radish (玉子豆腐煲). Priced at £8.70, the braised bean curd was a delightful dish. The bean curd was soft and silky and the sauce was very flavourful. Definitely one of the better versions of tofu that we had!
Service was average and varies according to the staff. Expect to get an express meal instead of a relaxing atmosphere to dine for long. But food was good overall. Stay tuned in our blog for an upcoming post about English afternoon tea!
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