Back again with another Foodie Review to sink your teeth in to and today I'm sharing my review of a place famed for it's dim sum. Having been invited along by Royal China to try out their extensive menu of asian delights, here's my honest review...
The long-standing restaurant group has eight sites across London - one of which is conveniently situated just a few tube stops away from my work. Located a few doors down from Queensway tube station, fellow blogger babe, Fran, and I popped along after work for an evening of delicious food.
The restaurant itself is rather large and was surprisingly busy for a Tuesday evening (which is often a good sign). Having been shown to our seats, the staff were keen to take our orders and it was time to pick out some appetisers. As many of you may have noticed, I'm a huge fan of seafood and so, naturally, I opted for the Prawn Tempura and Chicken Satay to start whilst Fran ordered her favourite Prawn Toast and Spring Rolls. It was all very beige but very delicious. Whilst the chicken was a little tough, the peanut sauce that came with it was fantastic.
We hadn't actually bargained on the starters being so large, based on past experiences in London Chinese restaurants. And so by the time our mains came we were already struggling. I ordered the Fresh Lobster which was very tasty and meaty. This was presented beautifully and wonderfully crisp in a golden tempura. If I were to visit again, I would definitely recommend getting this as a treat to yourself as, although it is certainly one of their more pricier dishes, it was delicious.
For Fran's main, she opted for the Spicy Prawns, king prawns served with seaweed in a tangy spicy sauce. These were packed full of punch but the prawns were excellent. She also chose a Chow Mein noodle (served with mixed vegetables) as a side which unfortunately she didn't enjoy so couldn't eat which was a shame as it was a rather expensive dish.
To finish up our feast, we thought it only right to have something sweet. I opted for the Banana Fritters, served with vanilla ice cream. These were very interesting to eat (especially as I was only given a spoon to eat with). The fritter itself is crystallised within a layer of chewy syrup, baked in soft and fluffy fritter with a warm, gooey banana in the middle. Don't get me wrong, this was absolutely delicious - just not the most easy thing to eat but I loved it all the same.
All in all, we really enjoyed our visit to Royal China and I'd to give it a solid 3/5. Whilst there were some small confusions due to the menus not featuring a lot of description, we ultimately wolfed down our dishes of choice and it had great selection. The venue itself is very friendly and the staff were on hand all evening to help. The service was very prompt and the food was equally very enjoyable.
That's it for my latest foodie review. Have you ever visited a Royal China* restaurant before? Do you have a favourite Chinese restaurant? As always, I love reading your comments so please do leave me lots of lovely ones down below.
Until next time fellow food lovers,
*Disclaimer - All food and beverages were provided to us for the purposes of review. As always, all opinions are my own and do not reflect that of the brand.