Sunday tea at the Mondrian. Or their restaurent, Imperial No. Nine to be exact. Almost as nice as a drive to the country. Almost. The main differences are that it’s off the R train and is filled with fashionistas. The menu looked good (we only had beverages and a nibble) and most importantly the setting was pleasant. As you can see from the photos, one is drawn immediately to the entrance since it looks like you are in the middle of an English garden. When you walk into the lobby of the hotel and make a quick left, you are transported into a luminous greenhouse restaurant/cafe.
The overall setting was very inviting. Service was passable and the energy was relatively vibrant even after the brunch rush. Perhaps this energetic flow had to do something with all the greenery, natural lighting, crystal chandeliers and glass vases. The balance of elements was also good due to the metal chairs, the original wood details and earthen pots. Well done, Mondrian! My Feng Shui suggestions? Paint the number 9 in the front red so we and chi can find you better. Another thing – put bathrooms signs on the door. We need to find those easily too. Thanks.