JM Oriental is a relatively new restaurant in London, having opened its doors in 2021. However, the quality of the food and service has already been recognised as the restaurant received the prestigious Golden Chopsticks Award for ‘Best Fusion Restaurant’ in its first year of operation.

JM Oriental: The Lowdown

JM Oriental presents an innovative approach to oriental cuisine outside of central London. The 40-seat restaurant in Colindale is a 25-minute tube from Tottenham Court Road, making it easily accessible for diners (trust us: it’s not as far as you think). The moment you enter JM Oriental, you are greeted by an elegant interior with subdued lighting that creates a vibrant and welcoming ambience.

JM Oriental: The Food

The menu at JM Oriental is both inventive and modern, with an emphasis on fine dining and a focus on dim sum from Hong Kong, as well as influences from other regional Chinese dishes. The dim sum chef presents his craftsmanship through an extensive menu, where each dumpling is delicately rolled, filled, and folded, featuring delicious options like truffle, pork, and prawn sui-mei. There’s also a steam section which features delectable options like egg custard lava bao, beef steak puff with black pepper, and mooli croissant.

The à la carte menu is equally impressive, with plenty of signature dishes that boast beautiful presentation and high-end ingredients. Classic dishes are given an inventive twist, as seen in the JM signature Peking duck – whole duck, crispy beancurd, and a touch of edible gold flake. The menu has a great selection of starters, including crispy king prawns with Thai orange mayo and pomegranate; slow-cooked smokey baby ribs with fruity barbecue sauce; and calamari with peppercorn, shichimi salt, and Japanese seaweed.

Main courses are equally impressive. Think steamed Chilean sea bass with yellow bean garlic, soya, and pine nuts, braised lobster tail with morel mushroom and fresh truffle, and UK grass-fed rib eye cube with asparagus and XO sauce. They also have a unique dish: the ‘Kamemeshi’ fried rice hot pot with seafood and duck meat gravy, which is a must-try for adventurous diners.

Don’t overlook the desserts at JM, as they are just as impressive as the rest of the menu. The signature chocolate fondant with Japanese matcha lava is a standout, and the pandan mascarpone cake with mango jelly and raspberry sauce is a unique and delicious option.

The drinks menu comprises carefully crafted cocktails like the Macau Love Story with lychee puree, vodka and Prosecco and the Japanese Assassin with muddled ginger, Midori melon liqueur, tequila, lime juice, and egg white.

Overall, JM Oriental is a must-visit for anyone looking for an unforgettable dining experience in Colindale. Although slightly outside of the usual,  the restaurant’s innovative approach to oriental cuisine, combined with its elegant ambience and exceptional service, makes it a true gem in London’s culinary scene.

28 Heritage Ave, London NW9 5GE

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