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40-42 Baker Street
This flagship branch of the Royal China chain might have doubled in size thanks to a four-month renovation in the summer of 2018 but compared to its huge siblings, it still feels intimate; instead of one large dining room, the restaurant is split into two, while five new private dining rooms benefit from natural light. The new look is slick without being intimidatingly stylish: gold leaf on the ceiling, red lacquer on the wall and enough black leather seating to make the restaurant smell like a luxury stand at the Beijing Motor Show.
While rivals in this price bracket might concentrate on innovating regional Chinese cuisine, Royal China Club’s approach is to stick to the classics, but using premium ingredients: fresh abalone tossed with caviar, pan-fried scallop with foie gras, or a grilled Wagyu fillet in teriyaki sauce.
If the size of the bill isn’t a concern, you will eat very well here, although more budget-minded diners may not feel that the high prices are worth paying for dishes that are not dissimilar to the Baker Street Royal China a few doors down: £22.80 for a basket of eight seafood dim sum struck us as very steep, no matter how well made the contents.
Elsewhere, soft-shell crab with salt and peppercorn was well timed and well spiced, Szechuan king prawns had noticeably fresh seafood in a well-balanced sauce (though purists may wish for more chilli heat); while roasted crispy Iberian pork belly was a faultless version of a classic dish.
Staff are delightful, and even early in the week, there is a loyal market of regulars happy to pay Royal China Club’s prices for a comfortingly reassuring dining experience. If price is a concern, daytime dim sum offers a relatively more affordable way in.
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40-42 Baker Street
Baker Street Tube Station 510m
Marble Arch Tube Station 539m
Dorset Street 174m
The Wallace Collection 251m
Mon-Sun 12N-11pm (Sun -10.30pm)
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Food + drink: 4
Special occasion for a group
We went as a group of 17 people for a Chinese New Year Lunch recently. The regular Royal China branches do not take bookings at weekend lunchtimes the RC Club does. As it was the busiest time of the year, we took the private room to ensure the service went smoothly and it did. We ordered the set New Year banquet for simplicity. Food was excellent, definitely fresh and very tasty indeed.
Service was swift, helpful and attentive and the GM passed by twice to see that all was well. The wine list is very high standard indeed and the wine prices not extortionate for the qualit .compared to many restaurants I have experienced. The three different French wines ( Champagne, Gewurtztraminer and Gigondas) we ordered were excellent ( I lived in France 16 years).
This is a really good restaurant, comparable to many very good ones in Hong Kong and Guangzhou. Yes, indeed for 17 people, the bill was hefty (because of the private room and wine ) but then this is not an everyday drop in restaurant. The menu was available on line to consult for prices so we knew roughly what the total would be. and could budget for it. No complaints at all and only compliments on the food, wine and service for such a busy time of year. Pushchair and baby caused not difficulties at all.
my only minor criticizm could be that dessert could have been a little more elaborate for the price but that was a minor niggle and did not bother my friends as by that time we were bursting at the seams.
For a very special occasion with a big group (more than 12 people) it is definitely a recommendation. I recommend also to discuss your requirements in advance with the manager and consult the online menu to avoid sticker shock.
A group of 5 of us, including a small child, went for Dim Sum. The food was excellent and all of the dishes arrived hot and well presented.
Service was attentive, and they could not do enough to make the small child feel welcome.
All in all a very pleasant experience.
Two of us went for a dim sum lunch on a Sunday, for a birthday treat and found it the best dim sum I have ever had. And I have eaten a lot of it. We didnt have any of the other Chinese food so cant comment, but the dim sum was outstanding.
Thats' not just because of the quality of the food, but also beacuse it arrived at the table so piping hot, and fresh, that it almost burnt your mouth. Incredible flavours. Highly recommend the sea bass rolls, and the australian lobster puffs. The pastry was so delicate, and not greasy at all. I gave a high service rating more on staff efficiency, and again as the food clearly wasnt hanging around in the kitchen. It wasnt on the friendliness of the staff, which perhaps was a little brusque, though not unexpected.
We will definitely be heading back.
£105 for two, with a generous order of dim sum, two glasses of champers, two glasses of wine.
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