The Royal China, Baker Street
Located on London’s famous Baker Street, The Royal China is conveniently situated approximately 10 minutes down the road from the tube. If coming from the tube don’t make the common mistake of entering the extremely plush Royal China Club which is the premium restaurant within the ‘Royal China Group’ and a few doors ahead of its sibling restaurant. I do enjoy a Chinese meal and don’t eat it often enough for my liking so I was really happy to be presented with an extensive menu which to my surprise was preceded with a Bubble Tea drinks option. Until now, I hadn’t realised that Bubble Tea which has seen a rise in establishments where it is the sole beverage, hails from Taiwan so it was an appropriate pre cursor to the meal.
I went for the passion fruit drink with lychee pearls and I was immediately transported somewhere warm and tropical, it was simply delicious. Deborah Marie, AfroNoire Editor-in- Chief and my dinner date for the evening went for mango with mango pearls and was equally impressed. If you are passing through the W1U area and fancy a taste sensation I recommend the Royal China on the strength of the drinks but I must of course give a mention to the food.
The Royal China is famous for their Dim Sum but be warned that if you are coming from work, that particular menu which is much lauded stops being served at 5pm so sadly we were unable to try it. Regardless of this, you will still have a multitude of options from the A La Carte menu.
Deborah and I shared the sesame prawn toast and crispy prawn rolls to start. For the main-course I had the beef brisket Schezwan style which came over a small yet impressive gas cooker accompanied by steamed rice; Deborah went for the Fried Udon noodles with seafood.
As we awaited the food, we were both struck by the size of the venue. Different areas of the restaurant provided a more intimate setting while we were in a very open plan section painted gold with bamboo adorning the walls alluding to the heritage of which we were indulging. If you are looking for a place to entertain a larger group of fiends without feeling like you were taking over, this could definitely work; furthermore if you are the sort that enjoys low-key service you can expect that here.
We rounded off the meal with a scoop of coconut ice cream with ginger which was really tasty. Overall while the food was good and the portions generous, it was the Bubble Tea that really impressed and I will most definitely be returning before 5pm so I can indulge in that famous Dim Sum.
- The Royal China
- 24-26 Baker Street, London, W1U 3BZ
- The Royal China: Dim Sum