The Royal China group of restaurants are a bit of an institution. They’re where you go if you’re looking for traditional Hong Kong Chinese dishes in London and like us, want to avoid the crowds of Chinatown at all costs.
We went along to The Royal China in Fulham, situated along the Fulham Road just a short walk from Parsons Green tube station. It’s the smallest of the group but as expected, impeccably decorated with striking gold and black features and the group’s signature Chinese mural taking centre stage covering the wall.
We poured ourselves over the never-ending menu – page after page of mouth-watering choices. We opted for the House Dinner Menu for two, a selection of all the best dishes from starter to dessert. We began with the Chef’s Imperial House Hors D’oeuvres – a filling array of the signature starters including sesame prawn toast, spicy smoked shredded chicken, Vietnamese pancake rolls, sweet Mandarin pork chops and crispy seaweed. The only thing missing from the platter was their deep-fried baby squid with spicy salt – so naturally we just had to order these too. Our next course was undoubtedly the one we were most looking forward to: the Crispy Aromatic Duck served with pancakes and all the trimmings was as good as we’d hoped and we made sure not even a shred of cucumber was left. Next to arrive were a duo of sautéed dishes: the classic beef with chilli and black bean sauce and the prawns marinated in a delicious red chilli sauce ‘Szechuan style’. Accompanying the mains were sides of stir-fried mixed vegetables to add a touch of green and steamed rice, which we opted for instead of the fried rice (in our attempt to be… healthy).
We finished with a scoop of green tea ice cream to satisfy our sweet tooth and sipped our respective teas of Oolong and Jasmine, feeling fully satisfied but without the heavy feeling you can often get after a Chinese meal. Throughout the night, the restaurant was buzzy and filled with families, friends and locals – something we never tire of seeing in good neighbourhood restaurants. With good food and attentive staff there’s not much more you can ask for – so when you’re next looking for that traditional Chinese dinner, think Royal China and you won’t go far wrong.
You can find the other Royal China Group restaurants in Queensway, Baker Street, Canary Riverside and Harrow.