Canton Blue at The Peninsula, Belgravia

Words by
Sphere Editors

10th April 2024

Canton Blue at The Peninsula fuses contemporary Cantonese cuisine with striking maritime interiors. Step into the refined settings and take a seat in a low-lit private booth for delicate dim sum, piping tea and exquisite ambience in the glow of the fireplace.

From the look of the other tables on the night we dined - 70% bespoke midnight ­hued Savile Row- the new Cantonese restaurant at The Peninsula hotel is the place to come for power dining. With its lacquered walls, gossipy booths - where deals are signed on the dotted line - and Hong Kong-trained staff, Canton Blue is one of the smartest places to splash out on a celebratory feast.

Canton Blue The Peninsula - blue interiors
Intricate engravings and decor appear on all four walls and the ceiling, surrounding guests

Sip on a starter cocktail in the Little Blue bar to whet your appetite before delving into the vast A La Carte menu of Asian dishes on offer. From signature lobster noodles to Peking duck, Canton Blue is made for those who are partial to a Friday night takeaway looking to indulge. And if dim sum are a recurring item in your order, there is a whole entire menu just for the goodness-stuffed delicate dumplings. Fillings vary from classic prawn or chicken to a combo of cuttlefish and crab or caviar-topped lobster and celery. At lunchtime a dim sum set menu is available for any indecisive bunch looking for seafood spring rolls, steamed parcels and serotonin in a tried-and-true sharing platter that aims to please.

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Lobster is a key ingredient in multiple of Canton Blue's signature dishes

Time for tea! Anyone who was raised loyal to a steaming milky mug of Earl Grey, here you expand your horizons. Canton Blue's tea lounge sits adjacent to their area of intimate private booths, serving a diverse selection of piping hot tea strait from the pot. View the full tea menu here to browse the extensive choice of Oolongs, White, Green, Red and Pu-erh teas.

Canton Blue The Peninsula - Private dining room
Private dining rooms, The Silk Room and The Music Room, are available for more intimate dinners

The striking interiors are inspired by a maritime passage from east to west with aspects taken from the mid-19th century ship, Keying Junk, that sailed between China and the UK. Further celebrating the convergence of Asian and British cultures within the space. Cobalt dragons snake across the walls, diameters of circular white-clothed tables run wide, a navigation map sits etched across the ceiling and private booths encircle a glowing dual-aspect fireplace. Canton Blue is all about attention-to-detail from the intricately painted porcelain plates that line the rooms to the dishes themselves. A large amount of the menu items are completed at your table right before your eyes. 

Canton Blue The Peninsula - porcelain
Vibrant Cantonese porcelain lines the walls

Canton Blue is open every day of the week other than Tuesdays, from 12-2pm for lunch and 6-9.30pm for dinner (a cup of tea anytime). We know sweet treats are non-negotiable for some, so be sure to save a space for some deep-fried date ice cream or mango pudding and view the full dessert menu here.

Learn more and book a table at Canton Blue here.