This Docklands outpost of the Royal China group makes a fitting destination when disembarking from one of the modern-day clippers that whizz up and down the Thames. Imagine you’re in Hong Kong as you sit with the lunchtime crowds nibbling on highly rated dim sum – fluffy pork buns, chicken’s feet, steamed dumplings and balls, crispy rolls, glutinous rice and dinky baked custard tarts. In the evening, dip into the full menu for specialities such as deep-fried Dover sole fillet with spiced salt, braised abalone with sea cucumber, aromatic crispy duck or chicken with mango. The alfresco terrace is a big draw, or you can eat in the handsome gold-hued dining room surrounded by lacquered screens, lucky cat figurines and tanks of live lobsters; either way, service is professional – if a tad brusque.
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