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Review: Royal China Club

Royal China Club

When you think of dim sum in London, you think of Royal China. The long standing restaurant group now has 8 outlets. We didn’t visit all 8 but we included the original restaurant in Bayswater, as well as the highly regarded Royal China Club in Marylebone. We had some of the best dim sum to date at the original Royal China, so going into Royal China Club my expectations were high. The decor is definitely more upscale, the tables are a lot more spaced out, and the buzzy, lively atmosphere is replaced by gentle music and quiet conversations. Service was efficient, if a little bit stand-offish.

Surprisingly, the food wasn’t as good as the original Royal China. All the dumplings were just ok - not bad but not great. The siu mai had lots of prawns and big chunks of pork, but we got some gristle. The har gow were big and juicy with a translucent wrapper, but not strong enough prawn flavour. The xiao long bao (XLB) had a nice filling and thin wrapper, but not enough soup. Given the prices are on average 60% higher, I just can’t imagine any situation where I would recommend Royal China Club over the original.

Food Score (out of 5) = 3.0
Service Score = 3.5
Environment Score = 4.0
Overall Score = 3.3

Time for food to arrive: 11 mins
Time for tea to arrive: 5 mins
Cost for 3 dishes + 1 tea: £21.00

Verdict: Not as good as the original Royal China.

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