Harden's survey result
“The only reason you would go is for the sooooo very yummy dim sum” nowadays, say loyal fans of this “super-busy and slightly chaotic” Cantonese chain, with its hallmark black-and-gold, lacquered decor. It “remains the benchmark” for many Londoners, but the “brisk (read brusque) service” seems increasingly “careless (my food arrived cold)” and the “very dated and fairly grotty environment” seems ever-more “tired”. The “cavernous” Bayswater branch is best – but “you can’t book at weekends, so it’s first-come-first-served chaos with families and buggies”.
“My Chinese friend will not go anywhere else!”; these “garish black and gold” Cantonese stalwarts (particularly the Baker Street and Bayswater branches) remain many Londoners ‘go-to’ choice for “particularly authentic and economical dim sum” (“never had a bad dish in 20 years!”), although the full menu is less of an attraction. “Expect a queue at the weekend” and prepare for “abrupt” service and a setting that’s “lively without being very convivial”.
Legions of fans still hail “the best dim sum outside of Hong Kong” at these “always buzzing” Cantonese stalwarts. Some reporters feel they are “starting to live on their reputation” however, but one constant is the “brusque service – like a downmarket airline!”
“If you love Hong Kong, you’ll feel right at home” at these “wonderfully garish” Cantonese stalwarts, which attract “overwhelming queues” to enjoy what many fans consider “the best dim sum in London”; service, though, is of the “couldn’t-give-a-fig” variety.
Royal China Restaurant Diner Reviews
"Having been a regular to weekend dim sum, came by for diner which was a mistake."
"The characterless atmosphere of concrete, white walls and ice temperature air-conditioning, warms up as the restaurant becomes more crowded. Still, the clinical design, makes it a chilling experience. The food: excellent steamed fish, scallop dumplings, and shredded chicken, all taste wonderful. Young, prosperous Chinese, delight in the menu of delightful-looking sea food and it’s menu clearly invites experiment. Best to reach out and enjoy. £63.00"
"Certainly (among) the best dim sum in London, and keeping its standards up well"
"OK for New Year's Eve. There was a party atmosphere with a £45 minimum per person."
Last orders: 11 pm, Fri & Sat 11.30 pm, Sun 10 pm