Though this Putney stalwart no longer has any link to the famous Royal China chain, you’d be hard-pressed to tell at first – the smoky glass & flying ducks are still in evidence. Service tends to fluctuate. When the management is on the ball, staff are remarkably helpful & welcoming, but on other occasions they can be ‘neglectful’ & rude. The kitchen hasn’t changed much either. This is not ground-breaking Chinese cuisine, but the chefs have been preparing duck with pancakes, & luxury dishes of lobster or crab for two decades now, & they’re pretty good at it. The dim sum is worth waiting for, too. The resulting bill may not be as small as at other Chinese restaurants in the vicinity, but the quality of cooking will generally be better.
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