The Peacock Restaurant

Radisson Blu

By Gillian Pope
A few months ago I heard a buzz about a fantastic, if not the best Chinese restaurant in Kuwait.  The Peacock closed down while the Radisson Blu went through its major revamp and in September last year this famous and well-known restaurant reopened.
 
My husband and I decided to spoil ourselves and try it out, but found out that we had to book 3-weeks in advance for a table for the last weekend in June. We wanted to see for ourselves if it lived up to the hype.
 
On arrival we were greeted and taken to our table and as we sat down we had our napkins placed onto our laps, were given hot scented cloths to wipe our hands and offered hot green tea.   When last did that happen in Kuwait?
 
The cuisine is divided into 4 distinct styles – Northern (Peking), Southern (Canton), Eastern (Shanghai) and Western (Szechuan) and with this selection the menu is fantastic offering 12 different soups, Dim Sum, hot starters, mains ranging from chicken, seafood, duck, vegetables and beef dishes with noodles or rice.    The waiters’ know the menu and if you had any questions these were answered with quick and knowledgeable responses. We were offered water, but requested for this to be changed to sparkling – it came chilled, with lemon slices and without ice, exactly as it should be served!
 
The cuisine is divided into 4 distinct styles – Northern (Peking), Southern (Canton), Eastern (Shanghai) and Western (Szechuan) and with this selection the menu is fantastic offering 12 different soups, Dim Sum, hot starters, mains ranging from chicken, seafood, duck, vegetables and beef dishes with noodles or rice.    The waiters’ know the menu and if you had any questions these were answered with quick and knowledgeable responses. We were offered water, but requested for this to be changed to sparkling – it came chilled, with lemon slices and without ice, exactly as it should be served!
 
We decided to start with the Shrimp Dumpling and Shrimp Spring Rolls. The Dumplings arrived coated in rice, which was something very different. Two sauces were given to add to the flavour, one was Garlic and Chilli and the other being Soy Sauce with Spring Onion. Delicious!   As a main we shared the Barbecued Peking Duck which was served with little pancakes, cucumber and shredded Spring Onion with the Barbecued Sauce. This is was The Peacock’s signature dish and was really tasty.   Yhe desert trolley came around, but after eyeing out all the tantalising desserts we decided we were too full and opted just for cappuccino’s which were served with a selection of home-made chocolates.
 
What a great evening and a truly memorable restaurant that lived up to the expectations and hype and one we will certainly return.  Tel: 25673440
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