Dragon Inn Club
I stayed for some of my time on a recent trip to London in the stylish confines of Pimlico. My parents had lived there many years ago but it had been an age since last I was in the neighbourhood.
Although I didn’t spend a huge amount of time there, I did have need for dinner one evening after a busy day of eating and snoozing had left me in no mood for exploring.
I headed around the corner from my drab hotel and soon alighted upon the Dragon Inn Club. It looked fairly quiet so I ventured in to see if they had a table. They did indeed, although the lower level of their restaurant was abuzz with groups availing themselves of traditional hotpot fun.
The interior is in the style of a stylised wooden temple. The extractor fans above each hotpot table gave things a rather odd look and feel, but it was certainly eye-catching.
The welcome was effusively warm with the new manager – it was his second day – coming to my table to shake my hand and introduce his new assistant manager. There were regular check-backs and chat throughout as he did the rounds of all the tables on a regular rotation.
While it was clear that this is a place better enjoyed in a large group for hotpotting, their a la carte held some good looking dishes.
It was notable that they were keen to emphasise that things were sourced from far and wide. The wagyu was from Australia, the chicken from France, the seabass from Chile and so on. This felt oddly old hat.
Having been informed that they’d finished doing dim sum for the day, I opted for the chicken gyoza to start. I followed with a dish of king prawns with asparagus, goji berries and mushrooms.
The gyoza promptly arrived and were a decent if fairly unremarkable version of this Asian staple.
The main course was a notch better with notably well-cooked king prawns. The goji berries added some welcome sweet tartness and the mushrooms were profuse and varied. It was a high quality dish.
So overall, I suspect I didn’t catch the Dragon Inn Club entirely to best advantage but I still enjoyed my visit. Next time I’ll come with a mob and see how their hotpot is. If you are looking for this sort of thing, give it a look.
Blythe scores the Dragon Inn Club
3.5/5 for food
3.5/5 for presentation
4/5 for setting
3.5/5 for service
giving an overall 14.5/20
I ate: chicken gyoza, king prawns with asparagus and goji berries
I drank: tea, water
I wore: orange trousers
Total bill: £37.50
Address: 16-18 Upper Tachbrook Street, London SW1V