Royal China

Price guide: Mid-range

13 Queensway, London, W2 4QJ

Price guide: Mid-range

Royal China's famous lacquered panels

By Jenni Muir, your London expert

I write for AA Travel Guides, Time Out. Read more
#85 of 115
expert-rated restaurants in London
Expert overall rating:3.6 out of 5
Food and drink:
4
4.0
Ambience:
4
4.0
Service:
3.5
3.5
Location:
3
3.0
Value for money:
4
4.0
Recommended for:
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Expert review of Royal China

When visitors fancy a Chinese meal, we often head to Royal China for its Cantonese fare.

In something of a coals to Newcastle story, this London-based chain of Chinese restaurants has expanded to include branches in Singapore and Shanghai. There are trendier, flashier Chinese restaurants in the capital, certainly, but Royal China is reliable, comfortable and fairly priced – and you can usually get a table without advance booking.

Food and drink: 

The dim sum, especially the cheung fun, are usually faultless. It’s a great place to branch out from custard tarts - dim sum sweets include my favourite black sesame paste dumplings rolled in peanuts, and steamed buns filled with custard or lotus bean paste. Chef’s specialities on the à la carte menu include rarely-seen dishes such as oyster and tofu hotpot, and a satisfyingly tender stewed pork belly with preserved cabbage.

Ambience: 

The lacquered screens and murals of flying geese have become a trademark and bring a sense of 1930s glamour to the main dining room. It’s usually very busy, with queues forming for dim sum soon after opening.

Service: 

Variable, but the lunch service is particularly hard work, and at least they’re knowledgeable.

Location: 

A busy west London street with plenty of competing restaurants.

Price advice: 

You can eat very cheaply from the dim sum menu at lunchtimes, with plates ranging from £2.30-£5 each. Main courses start at £7.50.

Other useful branches: 

Royal China’s Docklands branch, overlooking the Thames, is one of the better places to eat in Canary Wharf; the Baker Street branch is useful for Marylebone too, and if you’re looking for a more sophisticated experience, try Royal China Club on the same street – see website for details.

More information on Royal China:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Restaurant
Food:
Chinese
Address:
13 Queensway, London, W2 4QJ
Telephone:
020 7221 2535
Website:
http://www2.royalchinagroup.biz/?cid=17
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Mon-Thur noon-11pm, Fri-Sat noon-11.30pm, Sun 11am-10pm.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Suggested
Free tags / Keywords:
Cantonese, dim sum, yum cha

Have you been to Royal China? Would you recommended it?