A high-class Chinese restaurant with striking décor, including black lacquered walls, gold and silver inlaid murals and spotlights. The style is Cantonese, with seafood and dim sum among the specialities, the latter (served until 17.00) possibly (along with other Royal China branches) the best in London.
Seafood favourites include Steamed Sea Bass with Black Bean Sauce and Seafood Hotpot (Lobster is prepared in six different ways); the menu takes some studying - meat favourites include Hot and Spicy Veal and Chicken with Bean Curd, and Stewed Belly Pork with Vegetables.
Vegetarians have a tremendous selection of perfectly-cooked offerings. Service is efficient and generally more smiling than often than seen in some lesser Chinese establishments.
Sunday, as mentioned, brings some of London's best dim sum (a Chinese tradition) but brings long queues - so beware, and area very early!
There have been criticisms of service being unsmiling to the point of being brusque. If you feel this happens, complain to the manager at the time, as they say they are anxious to deal with this problem.
There are branches in Baker St (W1M 7AB), 13 Queensway W2 and 68 Queen's Grove NW8, West Ferry Circus (E14 8RR) - check these out on their web site.
- Food Style: Chinese
- Lunch: Mon-Thurs 12.00 11.00-23.00; Fri & Sat 12.00-23.30; Sun Dim Sum only 12.00-17.00 items from about £3; main course £8 to £50
- Dinner: Mon-Thurs 12.00 11.00-23.00; Fri & Sat 12.00-23.30; set D from £30
- Wine: a pricey list kicks off at £18
- Wheelchair access: Yes
- Nearest station: West Ferry Docklands Light Railway
- Directions: See the map at the top of the page.
- Parking: NCP
- Closed: D Sun; some Bank Holidays
- Air conditioned