Royal China has been around for a while now but is always looking for ways to shake up its menu. The newest on the list are the restaurant's summer health menu, business bento box, unlimited dimsum menu. While the first two work well if you are looking for a quick meal on the go, the unlimited dimsum menu which was recently introduced is in itself worth travelling to the restaurant for.
While most Oriental places have started taking the dimsum route, what works here is the fantastic variety, both for vegetarians and non-vegetarians and the fact that the skin or casing of the dimsum is not thick or glutinous. Begin with the prawn and chive dumpling which is very delicately flavoured and comes steamed. Some of the other seafood variants that are highly recommended include the scallop dumpling and prawn and mushroom one which is once again moist, the contents of the dumpling thinly veiled by the outer covering. The roast pork puff is a must try as the phylo-like crust of the puff is flaky and is a good break from the steamed dimsum varieties.
You would also do well to try at least one of the cheung funs which are slippery pieces of rice noodle roll that are thin enough for you to see the inside, steamed contents. Usually enjoyed with a soupy, soy-like mixture that is poured on top. Choose between the chicken and asparagus one or the simple prawn one. Before vegetarians start to despair, you have enough to choose from as well, between the vegetable chive dumpling and the mushroom bun; both are excellent.
If you have overdone the dimsums and have room for more, try the double cooked pork with something as simple as the egg fried rice. To end the meal, choose from their range of Asian desserts or stick to staples like the crme brulee or molten chocolate cake; you can't go wrong with them.
What works in Royal China's favour apart from the new menu is the stellar service which is quick, despite the restaurant being crowded. The interiors are a bit jaded but the comfort of eating at a place that knows its food well always surpasses any quibbles you might have with the environment.
Recommended: Prawn Cheung fun
Twice cooked pork
Cost: Unlimited Dimsum (Monday to Thursday); 1450 +taxes (Without Alcohol), 1950+taxes (With Alcohol); Friday to Sunday- 1750+taxes(Without Alcohol), 2450+taxes (With Alcohol)
Reservations: : 011-49818000-8
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