Royal China

Royal China, Fulham, London
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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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Royal China

3 Chelverton Road ,London SW15 1RN

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May 2012

We tried to go to Royal China – not only did they not answer the phone to ‘Square Meal’ but they also didn't answer when I called directly. I eventually walked down there to find it ‘closed for refurbishment’. It might have been helpful to have put that on their website, to tell Square Meal, or to put a message on their phone!

Brian J.'s rating

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

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Royal China

3 Chelverton Road ,London SW15 1RN

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Jan 2012

We want to love Royal China. Who doesn't want a great dim sum place on their doorstep for Sunday lunches? And though the food here is decent, it's not worth enduring the eye-wateringly bad service – totally absent one minute, then a whirlwind of plate clattering the next, and always rude and/or unhelpful. The room has no atmosphere, but by some strange acoustic trick, you can hear all conversations apart from your own. We won't be back.

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  • Food & Drink: 7
  • Service: 2
  • Atmosphere: 4
  • Value: 4

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Royal China

3 Chelverton Road ,London SW15 1RN

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by   (1)

Dec 2011

I note Squaremeal's review of the restaurant suggests that service has improved, but I guess all things are relative. We have been going to Royal China in Putney, on average, a couple of times a year for a decade and have always put up with the poor service because of the quality of food. Sadly, no more. At the weekend they achieved new lows. It did not start well, as we had to wait 10 minutes before being greeted and shown to our table. Further delays occurred, as only the head waitress was allowed...

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Nick G.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 4
  • Service: 1
  • Atmosphere: 7
  • Value: 3

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3 Chelverton Road ,London SW15 1RN

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Sep 2011

One of the best dim sum places I know. I don't think the prices are too high, it's more the danger of over-ordering; the menu is massive and it's easy to order way more than you can eat as everything sounds so delicious. It's always very busy so you get a feeling all ingredients are very fresh and there is a good turnaround in the kitchen. We usually find the service quite OK, but it's not like some of our other locals where the owners get to know you once you have visited a couple of times – maybe...

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JW's rating

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 5
  • Atmosphere: 5
  • Value: 6

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3 Chelverton Road ,London SW15 1RN

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Feb 2011

Enjoyable food, but attrocious service with an emphasis on encouraging customers to have as many extras as possible (£3.60 for prawn crackers !!! ). Rarely have I come across such poor service though, with plates clunked down agressively, and not a single smile the whole night. We had to ask for glasses of water 3 times before finally wandering up to the bar and demanding some. 12.5% service charge is added onto the bill with cunningly no chance of docking it, since on presentation of the credit...

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 3
  • Atmosphere: 6
  • Value: 4

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  • Address: 3 Chelverton Road, London SW15 1RN
  • Telephone: 020 8780 1520
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  • Opening Times: Mon-Sun 12N-3.30pm (Sat -4pm Sun -4.30pm) 6-11pm (Sun -10pm)

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