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“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.
“Fantastic, Hong Kong-quality dim sum” – many reporters would say “the best in town” – makes this “unwelcoming” Cantonese chain a London benchmark; the “garish” decor “may not be what you’d have at home, but fits the occasion brilliantly”.
Royal China Restaurant Diner Reviews
"Dim sum is always good amd evening menu has improved quite a bit"
"I had been told by many people that this is one of the best dim sum places in London, now I know it's true."
"excellent dim sum. the evening meal is not so hot."
"We enjoyed our usual Chinese dinner of vegetable dumplings, quarter crispy duck, and a noodle dish. While not elegant, it was perfectly fine. We had been here some years ago and had been underwhelmed. This time was ok."
"After a lapse of 7 years, we tried again. The food is ok, and the service ok. It offers a choice, for example on Boxing Day, when restaurant openings are limited. We may try again, not waiting such a long time for the trial."
"Certainly the best dim sum in London, particularly good at Baker Street and pretty good at Queensway, and keeping its standards up well"
Last orders: 11 pm, Fri & Sat 11.30 pm, Sun 10 pm