Elysium Magazine loves to explore a variety of restaurants with the aim of bringing the best of our adventures to the attention of the discerning gent. We were recently invited to Royal China in Baker Street to try out a few dishes – read on to find out what we thought of this busy and popular restaurant nestled a few minutes away from Baker Street.
The look, the feel
Upon entering the restaurant you immediately see how large the dining area is. The exterior is deceptive as the venue seats 170 people, the large dining room is adequately staffed and that was with good reason. Despite venturing to Royal China mid-week almost every table was full. The clientele is a mixture of local office staff, families and business travellers looking for some authentic food whilst away from home.
The restaurant certainly has a great social vibe too it. It isn’t a venue for a private and intimate date. The staff ensured that all tables were looked after, regardless of how big the party was. A good start to our evening in search of authentic Chinese food.
The Main Event
Having done some research we jumped straight into the vast menu – not one for those of you who are indecisive but help is at hand. The waitress was patient and was not at all afraid to recommend some of the most popular dishes that regulars return for. We tucked into the signature Crispy Aromatic Duck (£22) which was simply amazing. The duck was perfectly cooked, authentic, and the pancakes were combined with fresh vegetables and sauce. The tip we were given about the duck was spot on – we couldn’t get enough.
Next we tried Chicken Fillet in Curry Sauce (£8.80) along with Singapore Rice Vermicelli (£8.60). A beautiful combination of flavours, colours and spice filled us up. The staff were constantly returning to ensure we were satisfied and even asked if we wanted more! Great hospitality with great food, all at a reasonable price.
With little room left for dessert we opted for the Fresh Fruit Platter (£4.50), which helped us digest our food. The restaurant slowly got busier and busier – there was no end in sight for the number of people looking for a table. The restaurant was buzzing with sights, sounds and aromas. There was plenty of Cantonese speaking diners – a clear signal that the food is worth trying.
Royal China has a great reputation for authentic food and is clearly popular with a variety of people looking to eat with family and friends. Part of the appeal is the simple and easy approach to dining. No need to queue, no dress code and everyone is welcome. This, alongside the large menu ensures Royal China caters for the masses.
Contact: Royal China
24 – 26 Baker Street
T: 020 7487 4688