With much more personality than some outlying London branches of the chain, Royal China on Baker Street continues to pack them in for daytime dim sum & a hefty Cantonese menu in the evening. The burnished gold & black interior still feels smart, & prices mirror this, though canny ordering can help to keep bills under control. Popular dim sum includes steamed satay cuttlefish, sesame paper prawn rolls & the house cheung fun, while the full carte (from 6pm) brings a competently produced repertoire featuring Royal China specials such as a hotpot of chicken & abalone or stuffed aubergine with minced shrimp alongside Cantonese standards (chicken with cashews, honey-roast pork, beef with chilli & black bean sauce). Alas, surly & uncaring staff, & some ‘cynical’ behaviour when it comes to extracting tips & service charges have been reported.
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