All reader reviews by Anonymous


This may be out of date, since I haven't been there for years - here's why.

I would heartily recommend going to see this restaurant - but I would not recommend eating a meal there.

The decor has to be seen to be believed - opulent, flamboyant, like the set of a big-budget opera - think baroque palace converted into a Turkish harem. (Check out the erotic murals in the lavatories). We couldn't get upper-level seats, but they must be even more spectacular.

But the food was mediocre. The waitress, who barely spoke English, could not tell me what was in the vegetarian pasta. (So I asked her if it had real vegetarians in it - she didn't get it).

On hot summer days, it's stifling in there.

A pity - if new management were to bring in decent service and food, this would be a dream of a restaurant.

Thursday, April 17, 2008
Overall rating 5 stars
Food 4 | Service 4 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 4

Royal China (Canary Wharf)

I'm surprised Royal China's average rating on this site is so low - I've been there many times and love it.

The best aspect his the venue itself - big open space inside, with views of the river and a nice bar/seating area for pre-dinner drinks, which is useful since you might need to wait for a table if you don't book. Best of all, dining outside by the riverside walkway is a fantastic experience in the summer - the best dining location I know of in London.

The food is OK - not outstanding, but a wide range, and the many dishes I've had there were all fine. Service is friendly. It's also a good place to take kids/babies.

Thursday, April 17, 2008
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 7 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 8

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