Those three special words every girl desires to hear on a Sunday evening?
"Fancy a Chinese?"
Chinese food is one of those intense powerful cravings, that just has to be answered. It was Sunday evening and we followed that craving, all the way to The Royal China, Baker Street.
Met with the aroma of Jasmine tea and the hullabaloo of various family parties we studied the extensive, traditional menu carefully.
The vegetable spring rolls were perfectly crisp, every crunchy bite bursting with delicately balanced vegetable ribbons and accompanied by a fiery and rich chilli dipping sauce. Their steamed chilli pork dumplings resting in a sweet and salty spiced sauce are a real favourite of mine. The cushiony, soft steamed dumplings are stuffed with a tender pork filling and a delicate, aromatic balance of flavours. We finished our selection of starters with deep fried baby squid with chilli salt - a light and crispy, but still punchy, finish to the first course.
No Chinese meal out is complete without the decadent crispy aromatic duck served with all the trimmings. The Royal China's offering, pictured at the top, is one of the best with its perfect balance of crispy duck skin and moist aromatic meat all brought together with the sticky-sweet plum sauce
Somehow, having room for more, and our cravings not entirely satisfied yet it was onto the finale: sweet and sour pork, chicken and chilli, beef and ginger, sautéed prawns with aromatic seasonal vegetables. All were delicately balanced, with the crispy sweet yet perfectly sour pork being unanimously voted top. The only slight disappointment was the lack of real heat and depth of flavour within the chilli chicken.
The Royal China is a well oiled machine, the staff are super efficient, the atmosphere is light and friendly with a real mix of clientele and the food is, just as we were craving, a decadent Chinese feast.
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