Crab cakes fit for a Princess at the Mandarin Oriental in London

At the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in London, where I stayed this weekend, I learned that not all Thai Green curries are the same. I’d tried to make my own for my husband’s birthday party in the past and was quite pleased with my efforts – read about my culinary trip to Thailand here.

Thai Green Curry at the Mandarin Oriental hotel, London

Thai Green Curry at the Mandarin Oriental hotel, London

But the Thai Green curry I ate at the Park restaurant at the Mandarin Oriental, Hyde Park was out of this world with complex flavours of lemon grass,chilli and basil and all those other Thai spices that I don’t know the name of but love the taste. And the prawns in the curry were ginormous, practically lobsters!

As my starter I had crab cakes at the recommendation of the waiter, and they were meaty and flavoursome and seemed to be made almost entirely of crab meat with only some seasonings. Apparently, they were also the late Princess Diana’s favourite when she used to have lunch at the Mandarin Oriental, as she lived at Kensington Palace just across the park. She loved the crab cakes so much that she often had them as a starter and main course and I was also so keen on them that the waiter kindly brought me the recipe ;

Crab cakes at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, London

Crab cakes at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, London

Take 100g of finest blue fin crab meat, and season with worcester sauce, mayonnaise, spring onions, tabasco, lemon juice, salt and pepper, then roll in fine breadcrumbs and pan fry. Serve with wilted spinach leaves in a dressing of walnut oil and balsamic vinegar with a fine sprinkling of chopped walnuts.

There, now you can also enjoy crab cakes, fit for a princess!

If you want to eat top class Asian food in the Park restaurant at the Mandarin Oriental, Hyde Park, you’ll have to be quick because nothing stands still at the Mandarin Oriental. In May French chef Daniel Boulud is opening a new wine bar and bistro at Bar Boulud, featuring a modern take on French classics inspired by his culinary roots on the family farm near Lyon. Then the Park restaurant will close to be reborn in the autumn with that magician of the culinary world, Heston Blumenthal at the helm – I wonder how he’ll reinvent afternoon tea overlooking the park?

This was posted at part of Wanderfood Wednesday – head over to enjoy some indian Pizza and other foodie favourites.

P.S. You should know that I was a guest of the Mandarin Oriental as I was there to write an article about the hotel.

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Other London articles to enjoy

A garden party at Buckingham Palace
An artistic lunch at the V & A – in London
Things to enjoy at the Mandarin Oriental, Hyde Park (without breaking the bank)


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  • Reply
    Donna Hull
    January 27, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    Crab cakes are my favorite, especially when they’re made with all crab meat. These sound wonderful. Wish I could travel to London in time to taste them before the venue changes.

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    Sherry Ott
    January 28, 2010 at 6:34 am

    How dare you speak of crab when I’m sitting here in the land-locked midwest US! No good crab around here for miles! However – I did just make a good green curry the other night. Thanks for the recipe and when I get to a state with ocean access…I’ll be sure to try it!

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    January 28, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    The crab cakes sound amazing! I haven’t eaten at the Park restaurant, but have had lunch at Foliage, which was also really good. I heard about the new Daniel Boulud and Heston Blumenthal restaurants, and can’t wait to try them!

    ps. I just came across your blog recently and I love it. I write a travel blog as well (http://aladyinlondon.blogspot.com/) and find your writing and your blog really inspiring. Keep up the good work!

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    January 28, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    YUM! I’d love to try that – the salad looks lovely as well!

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    Fly Girl
    January 28, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    That green curry looks lovely!

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    February 1, 2010 at 10:08 pm

    That meal looks amazing. The photos are so real, I could almost help myself to a taste.

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    Mark H
    February 2, 2010 at 3:07 am

    They sound quite makeable though if I could manage something approaching those in your wonderful photo I’d be really happy.

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    February 2, 2010 at 10:38 pm

    Oh my – aren’t YOU eating well 🙂

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    Cameron Kelly
    June 20, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    i love to eat asian foods because they are tasty and spicy.;*-

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