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Following a full refurbishment in 2011, West London's premier dim-sum haunt is back with a bang. A gold-leaf ceiling and glossy black panelling overlaid with hand-painted Chinese art give the large, windowless space an air of luxury, enhanced by an army of waiters who are keen to please. Queues can build for the aforementioned dim sum (served until 5pm), and the extensive menu features the likes of prawn dumplings with coriander, fried crispy spring rolls and joyous roast-pork buns. Those heading along in the evening can expect a procession of greatest hits from sesame prawn toasts to expertly handled Peking duck with pancakes, Cantonese honey-roasted pork, crispy shredded beef or whole steamed sea bass – all delivered with aplomb.

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Royal China

13 Queensway ,London W2 4QJ

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worst experience in years in London

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Jan 2016

I had been to this Royal China years ago for Dim-sum on Sundays and we are very fond of Royal China Club. I trusted the good review on Squaremeal, but it was an awful experience. Rude waiters, cold soggy old looking food. You'd never expect this.

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  • Food & Drink: 1
  • Service: 1
  • Atmosphere: 3
  • Value: 2

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13 Queensway ,London W2 4QJ

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Jul 2011

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

I have been to this restaurant on many occasions. I was mostly satisfied with everything. I consider food to be quite good and environment pleasant. I did, however, had a “cold shower” (20/07/2011) in this restaurant today. I have come there with my parents. We had a nice meal. When my father wanted to pay his card didn’t go through and the waitress whose English was almost non-existent tried to explain the reason why it didn’t, asking him to sign something. When he refused to do that, she tried...

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  • Food & Drink: 5
  • Service: 1
  • Atmosphere: 5
  • Value: 3

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Royal China

13 Queensway ,London W2 4QJ

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by   bronze reviewer (8)

May 2010

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I've been going for dim sum to Royal China at least once or twice a month for the last 12 years and there's never a flicker of recognition from any of the longer-serving staff. But no matter, you're not here for the service — tho it is a lot better than many Chinatown places — nor are you here for the decor unless your most treasured cultural reference is Jackie Collins' “The Stud”. You're here for what is probably the best dim sum in London. The queues, however annoying they may be, are testament...

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  • Food & Drink: 9
  • Service: 6
  • Atmosphere: 6
  • Value: 10

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13 Queensway ,London W2 4QJ

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Apr 2010

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Simply put the BEST DIM SUM in all of London and in fact, even better than Hong Kong. Even my friends from Hong Kong say it is better and I couldn't agree more. Some people favour the Baker Street branch, but I have been a devotee of Queensway for the best part of two decades and for very good reason. The food is simply wonderful. It's no secret that Royal China dim sum is so good that they actually supply most of London's Chinese restaurants with their fare, but they seem to keep the best for themselves,...

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  • Food & Drink: 9
  • Service: 7
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 8

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13 Queensway ,London W2 4QJ

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Feb 2010

We go to Royal China for its dim sum and it's great for brunch on a Sunday. It's best to get to Royal China early as you could wait up to 40 minutes for a table. However, it is worth the wait as the dim sum is delicious and the atmosphere is great. Do try the specials!

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  • Food & Drink: 9
  • Service: 6
  • Atmosphere: 7
  • Value: 7

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Dec 2009

We love the dim sum at Royal China for years now. But in this past year, we have noticed a slip in the quality of their dim sum. On more than a few occasion, when the dumplings arrive in their bamboo steamer, the delicate skin is mushy and just falls apart as soon as the chopsticks touches it. A restaurant friend pointed out that these were not made properly or had been frozen previously. Shame on the carelessness of consistency on food quality, but when they do it right, it is still superb.

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  • Food & Drink: 7
  • Service: 5
  • Atmosphere: 5
  • Value: 5

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    Half a Slice of Toast :: Half a Slice of Toast | Royal China

    Royal China is known for their dim sum and has several branches across London. We usually go to the one in Queensway and I’d like to say it’s because it’s their original branch, but really it’s because it’s the closest and we’re a lazy bunch. It’s popular so you’ll probably have to queue. In fact, I don’t remember a time where I didn’t have to queue. But I guess that just proves how good they are. So if you ever need somewhere to satisfy your dim sum cravings, head to Royal China. Just be prepared to wait...
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  • Address: 13 Queensway, London W2 4QJ
  • Telephone: 020 7221 2535
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  • Opening Times: Mon-Sat 12N-11pm (Fri-Sat -11.30pm) Sun 11am-10pm

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