I was tipped off before my first visit to Royal China, Fulham, that the traditional and fully authentic Cantonese restaurant is known to serve the best Dim Sum in the city and I wasn’t disappointed, writes Nicky Sweetland.
Prepared on a daily basis by the team of dedicated Dim Sum chefs using the best available ingredients, the Dim Sum are freshly steamed or fried to order and so we thought, before we stuffed our faces on the other delights available from the extensive menu, we had better sample the famous dumplings.
My companion tried the mixed dim sum (five pieces with three prawn and two pork £15) and I stuck to just the pork version (£16). The succulent envelopes were beautifully prepared and melt in the mouth, served with dipping sauces to make a fulsome starter.
We then decided to embark on something of an oriental feast and endeavoured to gain a real feel for the menu, by ordering a variety of dishes to share, under the expert advice of the attentive and knowledgeable waiting staff.
First in line was a classic crispy duck (£25.80) served with pancakes and Hoi Sin sauce, which meaty, and hugely gratifying. We then sampled some crispy Noodles with Beef (£9.80), which were bitingly spicy and complemented with some colourful stir Fry mix vegetables. For a bit more of a British take on the menu we tucked into chicken fillet in curry sauce (£10.80) and although we tried our very best, were grateful to be offered some takeaway containers on our departure so we could continue feeding when we felt a little less replete.
A fantastic restaurant, with a traditional feel and simply stunning Dim Sum, Royal China is perfect for an evening of wholesome cuisine within relaxing surroundings.
If you would like any further details, you can visit the website http://www.theroyalchina.co.uk