Royal China (Fulham): where you can have dim sum at night

The Royal China Group definitely holds the right to claim serving some of the most authentic Chinese food in town. I’ve visited four of their branches in London and I have to say they’ve always reminded me of proper Chinese restaurants in Asia, particularly Hong Kong, Philippines and Singapore.

Royal China Fulham by The Girl Next ShoreRoyal China Group’s PR peeps recently invited me and a guest (I chose good ol’ MB) to try their Fulham branch to try their evening dim sum offering. I had to say yes, because there’s not enough places in London that serve dim sum at night (Hakkasan Mayfair, Yauatcha, and Opium are good, but I think we need more!).

Royal China Fulham by The Girl Next ShoreWhilst I will always love the Canary Wharf branch and adore the authenticity of Baker Street flagship, the intimate space in Fulham was a nice fit for a neighbourhood Chinese.

Royal China Fulham by The Girl Next ShoreNow, Royal China has been known for their dim sum, which they serve during yum cha hours (ie noon til 5pm). However, the Fulham branch has recently launched their Evening Dim Sum platters. They have a Steamed Dim Sum platter (£15 for 5 pieces) which has a variety of their popular dim sum and a Steamed Shanghai Bun platter (£16 for 5 pieces) which is my ultimate favourite soup dumpling, xiao long bao.

Royal China Fulham by The Girl Next ShoreI would’ve liked more broth and a bit more firmness to the wrap of the xiao long bao, but in all fairness, the filling was rather delicious. And it was all fresh because Royal China Fulham’s Head Dim Sum Chef, Sam Chen, makes all these parcels of joy on the day.

Royal China Fulham by The Girl Next ShoreNot quite satiated with the xiao long bao dumpling fix, I ordered the steamed chilli dumplings (6.50). The wrap on this was rather thicker than my preference, but the filling was quite generous and flavoursome. The sauce is thinner than I expected (ie chilli oil laden like Din Tai Fung) but it does have a kick. I liked it.

Royal China Fulham by The Girl Next ShoreI ordered a wonton soup (£5.50) to start. The wontons were, again, generously filled, but I thought the broth could’ve done with a teeny bit more of seasoning.

Royal China Fulham by The Girl Next ShoreMeanwhile, MB’s hot and sour soup (4.80) was rather substantial and filling. It was decent.

Royal China Fulham by The Girl Next ShoreJellyfish salad (£8) is something I will always order in Chinese restaurants if on the menu. Now I don’t know if any of your are ready for this jelly (har har) but it’s actually really decent. The texture is like a really soft cartilage and flavour boils down to the sauce. Royal China’s offering came with classic cucumber and vinegar. I liked it, but I’ve had better.

Royal China Fulham by The Girl Next ShoreSweet and sour pork (£9.20) is dear to my heart for sentimental reasons. This, paired with good yang chow fried rice, makes up for my ultimate comfort Chinese. Royal China’s offering never disappoints.

Royal China Fulham by The Girl Next ShoreMB and I shared a whole order of steamed seabass (£48, market price) with soy and ginger dressing. The fish was cooked with much authenticity the way proper Chinese restaurants in Asia would. I was in love at first bite. Meat flaked off nicely and despite the flavoursome sauce, you could still the freshness of the fish, as if it’s just been caught seaside. Loved this dish a heapload.

Royal China Fulham by The Girl Next ShoreHere’s looking at you, kid.

We were pretty full afterwards, having had shared a hefty amount of good ol’ Chinese fare, some soda, and an accompanying pot of rice.

Verdict

Overall, I genuinely think the Royal China brand gives Chinese food in London a good run for its money. The Fulham branch is cute but I think my favourite still has to be the Baker Street flagship and/or the one in Canary Wharf. Admittedly, I thought there’d be more choice for the evening dim sum platters, but frankly, the flavours were good enough to satisfy cravings when you miss yum cha happy hours.

But… if I’m being genuinely honest… I’d go for that steamed seabass alone.

Royal China Fulham
05 Fulham Rd, London SW6
I was invited to review but ave spend pp is £40
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6 Comments

  1. 2nd September 2016 / 9:26 am

    The food does look and sounds great! I heard the decor is a little old fashioned but it actually doesn’t look as bad as I thought it might be!

    • Honey de Gracia
      Author
      4th September 2016 / 8:00 am

      It is a bit outdated, Angie. But the food is quite authentic. Probs not the ultimate best, but very reliable in freshness.

  2. Suze - Luxury Columnist
    2nd September 2016 / 10:20 am

    The steamed seabass looks very tasty, Paul and I are going here soon

    • Honey de Gracia
      Author
      4th September 2016 / 7:58 am

      The seabass was the highlight of our meal, Suze! Enjoy!

  3. 4th September 2016 / 8:44 am

    Wow I’ve never heard of jelly fish salad before! Not sure I’m ready for this jelly lol. I visited Royal China when I lived in Fulham a few years ago and the food was yum but I didn’t try their dim sum xx

    • Honey de Gracia
      Author
      4th September 2016 / 10:06 am

      Oh Maggie the dim sum’s always been better at lunch time, but I much prefer service and setting in Canary Wharf/Baker Street 🙂

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