Royal China reviews
This is the most overrated restaurant in London. We researched it thoroughly before booking and we were really looking forward to it and expecting great food (though we expected the service to be a little brusque, as some reviews have noted). The food was very average, no better than a takeaway (I have eaten at Hakkasan
, Memories of China and Good Earth regularly, and this food was almost inedible!). Duck was dry and cold, everything covered in MSG, rice greasy and oily... the best part was the fruit platter. Most of the waitresses were rude and not one could smile. Not a paticularly nice crowd in there and I would NEVER ever return. It was disgusting! Overpriced too.
by Alaia74, 29 Jan 2011
If you have food allergies, beware - this restaurant does not take them seriously.
You are treated with disdain when asking what ingredients go into particular dishes and a sense that no importance is given to the issue whatsoever.
On one occasion I was given two different answers by two different managers on whether a dish contained chicken or gluten - one saying it didn't have any, the other saying it did.
When inquiring further, the answer - in a very rude tone - was that they couldn't possibly know what goes into every dish, given they receive ingredients from a central supplier.
Quite aside the lack of respect towards the customer, this is deeply irresponsible - allergies are a serious matter, and some people can suffer from extremely severe reactions.
by sgv, 19 Jun 2010
Brilliant food and service. Get there at 11am for brunch at the weekends. Always bring the kids as well.
by xris1943, 06 Oct 2009
This is the best dim sum I've tasted in London! Be prepared to arrive a little early as there is always a queue. That said, I have never waited longer than 20 mins and it is worth the wait every time.
by Princess P (3 reviews
), 01 Jan 2009
Cannot fault it - even though there's sometimes a queue it's well worth the wait.
by morrismaria (6 reviews
), 20 Sep 2008
Most definitely the best dim sum in London. Better service and less pretentious than Yauatcha
and more authentic and a better price than Hakkasan
. Don't even get me started on Ping Pong
by zooeyg (6 reviews
), 28 Jan 2008
This is my favourite Chinese restaurant in London. Dim sum is excellent, as well as the rest of the menu. It is wonderful that they have opened a few branches - i.e. Baker Street, Canary Wharf etc...
by K&T (4 reviews
), 13 Aug 2007
Delicious, mouthwatering dim sum, great service and all set in an amazing black and gold lacquer box of a room. Have been yearning to return... addictive and definitely one of my favourite London restaurants.
by fortune 47, 03 Feb 2006
Best and most affordable dim sum in London. They don't do reservations though and you may have to queue a bit for weekend lunches.
by Anonymous, 26 Apr 2005
Good place to good for an authentic Chinese. The best dim sum in London as said by many. The black and gold bling add to a eighties atmosphere which is a bit Dynasty but retro cool. Always good food and always good fun. Service usually fast. Always book ahead, sometimes people queue on the street to get in. One of my favourites.
by Anonymous, 11 Nov 2004
Best Dim Sum by a long way. AA Fenn really has no clue.
by Anonymous, 27 Oct 2004
Best Dim Sum in London.
by Anonymous, 23 Sep 2004
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