The V&A’s latest exhibition, Masterpieces of Chinese Painting, opened in London a few weeks ago, and to coincide with the exhibit Ping Pong have created two themed cocktails and a special set menu. I was invited to check it out earlier in the week, so headed to the Great Marlborough Street restaurant with Abi Marvel for lunch. We shared one set menu between us, and added a few extra side dishes to go with it (vegetable spring rolls are sooo dreamy).
I also tried the Smoked Apricot and Spicy Almond cocktail – made from apricot juice, smoked water, lime and spicy almond – which was really good. The Plum and Liquorice Sour didn’t appeal to me, as I’m not a fan of liquorice, but it certainly looked pretty!
Now that’s I’ve sampled the Masterpieces of Chinese Painting menu I really need to make a date to check out the accompanying exhibition. It’s a great way to spend a rainy November afternoon though, isn’t it? A visit to the V&A followed by a tasty feast. Culture + good food = the perfect combination!
The V&A Masterpieces of Chinese Painting Set Menu – £20 (vegetarian menu available also)
Baked: Roast Pork puff Fried: Vietnamese rice paper spring roll, Duck spring roll, Prawn toast with sesame seeds Steamed: Beef dumpling, Chicken Shu Mai, Chive dumpling, Spicy vegetable dumpling, Crab and prawn dumpling, Squid dumpling Rice: Honeyed chicken rice pot Dessert: Iced coconut parfait
Masterpieces of Chinese Paintings: 700-1900 is at the V&A until January 19th 2014; V&A members go free. The V&A Masterpieces of Chinese Painting Set Menu is available now in all Ping Pong restaurants.