Reviewer: Hannah and her family (2 adults and 2 children)
What they say: The Royal China Group consists of six of London’s most authentic and prestigious Chinese restaurants, including the luxurious and critically-acclaimed Royal China Club. Based in prime areas of London, the restaurants are centrally located on Baker Street, as well as in Bayswater, Fulham, Harrow-on-the-Hill and Canary Wharf.
The restaurants all have elegant décor, contrasting rich golden hues with striking red and black features. Lacquered murals depicting an ornate Chinese illustration create a focal point within each of the five restaurants.
The Royal China restaurants offer traditional Hong Kong Chinese dishes, while the Royal China Club provides an exclusive experience by combining European ingredients within the authentic Chinese cuisine. The group is renowned for its Dim Sum, which is served daily from Noon until 5pm and includes Steamed Seafood Dumplings with Spicy Sauce; and Pan-fried Fillet of Duck Breast Rolls. Each restaurant has a dedicated Dim Sum Chef, as well as a Head Chef.
The Royal China restaurants have the same à la carte menus. In addition, each restaurant dedicates a full page to signature dishes created by the restaurant’s individual Head Chefs. These dishes are changed frequently, while the seasonal dishes are changed four times a year. Set seven-course tasting menus are also available in all Royal China restaurants.
What we say: “We visited the Royal China for lunch and there were two adults and two children.
When we arrived we were warmly welcomed and shown to a table. We were given a high chair for my son and the waitresses chatted to my four year old daughter. There were only three other tables occupied while we were there.
We looked at the Dim Sum menu and the standard menu and ordered our food from the Dim Sum. We chose prawn crackers, roast pork buns, sesame prawn rolls, vegetable spring rolls, fresh prawns and vegetables with rice, fried noodles with sautéed vegetables and shredded chicken noodles. To drink we had a diet coke, a sparkling mineral water and an orange juice.
The food was brought out and looked very nice, the children particularly enjoyed the prawn crackers and chicken noodles.
From bringing the food to the table to us finishing it, we were not checked on by a waitress once or asked if we would like any more drinks or anything, which we thought a little strange. Once we had been finished for a while I asked one of the waitresses if she could come over as my daughter was keen to have some pudding! The waitress looked a bit put out and then offered mango pudding but I asked if we could see the menu so that she could choose. There was nothing on the menu that my daughter liked – it’s a shame they don’t do any kind of ice cream or something that would appeal more to children.
We ordered two coffees and the coffee was great. When we were leaving the children were offered a Chinese New Year sweet and a lollipop which was nice!
The restaurant is nicely decorated and the toilets are very clean with baby changing facilities in the disabled toilet. There is paid parking nearby.
The restaurant has a very quiet atmosphere and I did feel conscious of keeping the children quiet so that they didn’t disturb the other customers – luckily we had taken pencils and paper for drawing and some books. Although we had a nice time I don’t think we would go again as a family as we would prefer somewhere a bit more suitable for our age children in terms of the menu and the atmosphere. We would revisit with friends or on an evening with just adults.”
For more information and to view the Royal China Group menus visit rcguk.co.uk