Royal China (Queensway)

13 Queensway, Bayswater, London, W2 4QJ - View on a map
Telephone: 020 7221 2535

Overall 7.3
Food 10.0
Service 6.0
Atmosphere 4.0
Value 9.0
Based on 1 reviews

what the critics say


Marina O'Loughlin

Wednesday, February 15, 2012 - There have been no charm-school lessons for the staff. They stop short of actual rudeness but there's little welcome or warmth to be found...Still, Royal China's dim sum offering is still up there with the best in town. The har gau are smaller than the mass-produced dumplings you'll find elsewhere. The wrappers are elastic and translucent, pregnant with fresh, crunchy prawns. In addition to the classics, there's a separate menu of pimped-up dumplings: a version of those insanely addictive flaky pastry puffs stuffed with beef and black pepper instead of jammy pork.



Thursday, January 19, 2012 - Taste wise, no complaints, the chili-spiked black bean spare ribs were the usual gelatinous tussle but that's where the flavour is. The turnip cake was as good as any I've had and nothing disappointed, although I had forgotten how beef balls don't really do it for me. The BBQ pork buns were well textured in their usual peculiar way; some can be like forcing down savoury candy floss but these were spot on, if a little light on filling...Price wise Royal China costs no more than Chinatown and the number of Chinese people eating showed that its popularity hasn't been affected by its new look and style.

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Three of us ate well over a dozen dishes between us, each consisting of three dumplings, rolls, diimsum etc. The quality of the food was among the best I've ever had. The ingredients and combinations were a delight and everything was well prepared and sumptiously varied. Including some drinks, tea, desserts the whole bill came to only £80. Which for me is surprisingly good value.

There was a queue and the service was quite dry, but when you're so busy I think it must be hard to truly engage with everyone. Perhaps they could hire more waiters or train them up a bit in making people feel valued. Other than that, they were perfectly polite and would satisfy all but the most demanding customers.

For me the food is the point, if I want service I'll go to a brothel :) LOL just joking.

It's not somewhere you would want to have a nice long family meal, but is perfect for a meeting or lunch/dinner date that is time-efficient and delicious.
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Overall rating 7 stars
Food 10 | Service 6 | Atmosphere 4 | Value for money 9
Saturday, September 14, 2013

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