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Royal China Restaurant (Bayswater)

I love reviewing restaurants especially as I am located in London and there are so many hidden treasures waiting to be discovered.  The next restaurant that I wanted to tell you all about is a Chinese restaurant in Bayswater.  The streets of Bayswater are aligned with beautiful large houses which are nicely furnished too if you manage to get a peek inside.  My friend and I decided that for this this little adventure we would drive.  Be aware they have residents parking but the times are different depending on what side of the road you are parking on so we were lucky enough to find a great space nearby and walk to the restaurant.

From the outside the restaurant doesn’t appear to be very large – appearances can be deceiving.  You walk in through the smallish shop front area up past the bar and voila a lovely large room with mirrored pillars and plenty of seating space.  The clientele are mixed with a fair amount of Chinese people there as well as a mixture of other people who all seemed to be tucking into their meals happily and it sounded as if some of these were regulars as well, a great indicator of a good restaurant especially in such an affluent area.  The Royal China group of restaurants are well known for their dim sum which are served daily from noon to 5pm.royal1We took a while to look through the menu (I can be pretty indecisive at time) and during this time we were asked a few times if we we ready to order which was good as we knew we had not been forgotten.  The menus were well presented with a good range of dishes and pictures which really do help you decided what you want the only problem is you might over order as so many of the dishes look delicious.  The tables were clutter free just the essentials adorned, the environment was nice and relaxed.  Over the course of the evening more people arrived for dinner and for a Monday night the restaurant was doing well.  We were pleased that there was wifi available onsite and we made full use of this.


The pictures of the various foods in the menu really do get you salivating before you order and there is a good range of vegetarian, seafood, meat and poultry dishes to choose from.  There were numerous members of staff and some seemed friendly enough where as some were preoccupied with getting all the work done quickly and efficiently.  After studying the menu we finally decided on the Seafood Gourmet which was one of their set menus.  This way we would get a nice selection of dishes and they all sounded yummy.  This particular set menu costs £39.80 per person and includes some great dishes as you will see shortly.

The Starters

We were pretty hungry when the food arrived and so at first we didn’t realise that we had been brought out the wrong starter selection, it was only once we had eaten a little that we realised we had been served the starters from the House Dinner set menu £33.80.  This consisted of:

Sesame Prawn Toast

We have all tried these at some stage or at least those amongst us that have dined or ordered from a Chinese restaurant.  These had a nice generous topping of prawn on the toast which you can identify as prawn.  This is lovely and moist and the bread beneath is golden and crunchy not a burnt part in sight.

Smoked Shredded Chicken

This had a smokey taste to it and was seasoned nicely with salt and the chicken pieces were not too thin.  You could see this was actual shredded chicken not an item from a questionable origin.  The chicken had been fried with chilli and spring onion to add extra flavour to the dish which is different to what I am used to as it normally comes without these so it was a welcome surprise and added an extra kick to the dish.  This was served with a sweet chilli dip which I do like and have my own bottle from my local Chinese cash and carry – I doubt any of you are surprised to hear that lol.

Vietnamese Pancake Rolls

These were served with fish sauce and were packed with vegetables as you can see in the picture and I also discovered some chunks of prawn in there too.  The coating was nice and crunchy although a touch greasy on the outside but then you expect some grease from a dish that is deep fried.

Mandarin Pork Chops

I will admit I had specifically not ordered the The House Dinner set menu as I wasn’t sure about this particular dish and we did prefer the seafood options but this dish was actually really good, in fact I will hasten to add that this was the best of all the starters that we got to try apart from one which I will tell you about later.  The meat had been removed from the bone and the actual pieces of meat had been cleared of any fat.  This dish was full of flavour so it was actually good thing in a way that the wrong starters had been brought to us.


This is another starter that features on many Chinese restaurant menus.  The seaweed was nice and crispy as expected and lightly seasoned with salt.  I do like this although you need to be careful not to get it caught in your teeth.  Not something I would advise to eat on a first date.

Spicy Baby Squid

We asked for a portion of this as it would have come with the original set menu that we ordered and we really wanted to try it.  We did not regret the decision, the squid was nice and tender and the batter was crunchy and full of flavour.   This also had spring onion and chilli and had a good kick to it which you can avoid if you don’t eat the chillies although they are very good for you and work fabulously in the dish.

All the dishes were fresh and there was no indication of stale oil for the fried foods or that various different items had been cooked in the same oil.


Next up was the lobster.

We had a choice of sauce as you can see in the picture above with the menu, we opted for ginger and spring onion.  There were lovely large pieces of ginger found amongst the chunks of lobster which had been broken apart to make sure the flavours dispersed well when cooking in the sauce and also to make it easier for us to handle.  You are provided with the necessary tools to prise the lobster pieces apart in order to get to the soft perfectly cooked and beautifully flavoured meat.  I would highly recommend this, it’s delicious!

royal4Between each course the staff were extremely fast in clearing the table and bringing out fresh plates for us to eat from.  By this stage we were feeling pretty full as the food we had already feasted on was quite filling but there was still more to come!

Next arrived the following:

Mixed Seafood in Bird’s Nest

Not an actual birds nest thankfully having seen how these are made in various nature programmes, this dish was well presented as were all the others in this course.  The colours of the vegetables were all vibrant and the texture crisp indicating a flash fry which was good as it kept them looking great and retaining their nutrients and flavour.  The sauce was very tasty and did not take from the flavour of the vegetables or the seafood which was more than adequate in it’s quantity in the dish.  The prawns and squid were plump and tender, the scallops perfectly cooked and lovely and soft.


Deep-Fried Fillet of Dove Sole with Spicy Salt

This was amazing!!!  We both loved this dish although we struggled to eat it all as we were almost bursting by this stage.  The thought of wasting such delicious food spurred us on as it wouldn’t be right and we would have felt awful doing so.  The pieces of fish were large but not too big to fit in to your mouth with a couple of bites.  The fish itself was tender and flaky, the coating was perfectly seasoned with salt and not too much spice for my taste or to prevent you enjoying the overall flavour.

Stir Fried Mixed Vegetables

Lovely fresh crunchy vegetables with a delicious light sauce, again the flavours of the vegetables could be enjoyed as the sauce was not overpowering.  The dish looks simple yet pretty and was very good.

‘Royal China’ Lotus Leaf Rice

This specially prepared rice dish consists of prawns and duck wrapped in a lotus leaf and steamed allowing the flavour from the duck, prawn and lotus leaf (a light tea like flavour) to gently infuse with the rice.  This is a lovely dish and as you dig through the rice you will find generous pieces of prawn and duck hidden within.


As luck would have it one of the other tables asked if they couple pack up what they couldn’t eat and take it home.  Not having occurred to us to do this previously we decided it was a great idea and did the same.  The food would have ended up being thrown away which we simply could not allow.  Below you can see how much was packed away which demonstrates how good the portions are here and I would say that this set menu allows enough food for three people rather than two or alternatively a doggy bag for the next day.


But it’s not over yet!

The final course – dessert!

Mixed Fruit Platter

A selection of fruit including strawberries, melon, dragon fruit and grapes.  This was more than welcome as it was nicely chilled by the ice and very refreshing and cleansing to the palate. royal7

We thoroughly enjoyed our meal at The Royal China Bayswater  These guys have a few more sites to look out for too.  The food from the set menu as demonstrated is plentiful and we both agreed this is excellent value for money when you look at the quantity, quality and types to food included in the set meal.  Apparently seven course tasting menus are also available for those with a very large appetite.

A must try if you are a fan of Chinese food and are in London.

Royal China Bayswater

13 Queensway
W2 4QJ

020 7221 2535

I was invited to the restaurant for an honest review.  As always all views are my own.

This Post Has 94 Comments

  1. What delicious and fulfilling courses. The restaurant doesn’t look cramped and the decor is beautiful x

    1. It’s lovely and spacious x

  2. oh my goodness what an absolute feast – I would love that fruit platter right now it looks amazing!

    1. It was lovely and very refreshing.

  3. Wow thAt looks like a feast! I love chinese food – its my favourite.

    1. It was a feast and a lovely one too.

  4. Very nice! I LOVE Chinese and this all looks amazing, it’s made me really hungry!!

  5. Looks like a nice restaurant and the food looks amazing too! Will have to go one day

    1. Enjoy Melissa 😉

  6. I am always really disappointed with Chinese restaurants, but this looks really good. It looks like you tried a good selection too.

    1. This one was very good, you won’t be disappointed.

  7. Wow! This looks amazing, I love Chinese food and this looks like another level up from my local restaurant!

    1. It does look good and tastes great too!

  8. Chinese is my favourite food and it can be expensive so I think the set menu was good value and looked delicious xx

    1. The menus are great value and there are a few set menus to choose from.

  9. I am a huge fan of Chinese! I love it! That food looks so delicious

  10. Wow! The food definitely looks lovely!

  11. Everything looks so yummy. I love that the menu has pictures.

    1. I know it’s great and very helpful when you are choosing dishes.

  12. Oh yummy. This looks and sounds delicious! Would love to visit myself.

    1. I hope you get to try it 😉

  13. Oh wow, that’s a meal and a half! It all looks delicious.
    Alana x

  14. Each of these dishes looks absolutely delicious!! I would love to try the lobster as I havent had that in a chinese restaurant before! xxx

  15. It looks like a lovely place. Lots of choice when it comes to food it seems.

    1. They do have a good menu x

  16. I love wandering round bayswater, it’s such a nice area. You made a good decision with the seafood it all looks yummy x

    1. It is a lovely area. We loved it especially the lobster.

  17. Looks amazing, I love Chinese food, all the starters are my favourite. I know what I’ll be having for dinner tonight …

    1. It does look good 😉

  18. Well this has officially made me super hungry! Great review, I’ll add this to my list of places to try when we’re next in town 🙂

    1. Enjoy Cat x

  19. I’m actually really hungry right now. i need some of these. rice in the lotus leaf is always a fav of mine

    1. It was the first time I had tried it, it was yummy!

  20. I am not a massive fan of Chinese food, but that being said I’ve heard such good things about this place. My husband would probably love this place, so will check out the closest site to me.

  21. That looks like an amazing restaurant. If only we lived closer!

  22. Wow! What an amazing array of dishes you had. I haven’t honestly heard of several of these, and I am salivating at the look of them!
    Thank you for the review, I hope to try the restaurant out soon

    1. I hope you get to try it, the food is delicious.

  23. I can’t believe how much food there is, I definitely would have thought there would have been a lot less so it’s amazing value and it looks so good! I’m glad you got to take the rest away with you too. I shall definitely be checking out on of their restaurants as I love a good Chinese xx

    1. The food just kept coming out, seriously it was enough for 3!!! 😉

  24. This looks super yummy!

    Thanks for sharing.

  25. I haven’t been out for a meal in ages!! This place looks really nice, love the ceiling! Not sure of the chose of food, as I am a vegetarian but the dessert looks nice

    1. I wouldn’t worry there is plenty of vegetarian food on the men x

  26. Mmmm that looks like a place with some seriously good eats! It’s been ages since I’ve gone to a Chinese – I must remedy that!

    1. It’s really nice and the lobster is worth getting your hands dirty for 😉

  27. This is a very stylish looking restaurant and the Vietnamese rolls have my name on them!

    1. They do look good don’t they.

  28. Wow what a great review! So thorough…will definitely get in touch with restaurant recommendations next time in London. I love a good Chinese so this will be on the list! x

    1. You will love this they have a lovely range of food and it’s yummy!

  29. We have visited Royal China and loved their dim sums. I had no idea they had such a delicious set menu! 🙂

    1. I need to got back to try those.

  30. I do love Chinese food and that all looks really really delicious.

  31. Gosh it is more like a banquet than a meal, it all looks just lovely and i would be up for the Lobster x

    1. I don’t blame you the lobster was gorgeous.

  32. Wow. so much food! I’d be in heaven. Looks like a great chinese restaurant to eat at! xo

    1. It sure is we had a lovely meal.

  33. Looks like you had a fantastic meal! I love Chinese restaurants but it’s been a while.

    1. You should pop in their food is very good.

  34. Wow what an amazing selection of food – it looks amazing! I’ve not been here before but I don’t work too far away from it so may have to try their menu soon x

    1. You will love it. Enjoy!

  35. ok this sounded mouthwateringly good, I love a chinese and I am more than a bit partial to crispy noodles 🙂 xx

    1. We didn’t try those but I bet they would have been lovely.

  36. I can’t believe how much food you got! Everything looks amazing too. It’s a great idea to have pictures of the food on the menu, I haven’t seen that done before.

  37. I love Chinese and that is a serious amount of food. Looks like a great find.

  38. Ahhh I’m so jealous!! this food looks amazing!! I love smoked chicken its all so yummy!!!!

    1. They did a good job with the food.

  39. oh wow this place looks and sounds amazing, the pictures are just beautiful too

    1. Thanks Emma, I wanted everyone to experience with me.

  40. I love chinese food and this place looks fab! 🙂

  41. This sounds great – will have to keep it in mine if I am in the area

    1. The food was lovely there x

  42. So. Much. Food!
    Looked so yummy too. I do like a good Chinese. I love your pictures too x

    1. Thanks, I feel hungry when I look at them x

  43. Wow food looks tasty. I love the presentation.

    1. The dishes did look good!

  44. I love Chinese, this looks amazing! Looks like you really got your monies worth. I know you had a mix up with the starters but the ones you got look and sound so yummy, I would definitely be ordering those

    1. There as loads of food 😉

  45. You are making this pregnant lady so hungry! This looks like a fab restaurant to dine at

    1. The food is very good.

  46. I really miss real Chinese food now that I’m back in Spain! In London everything is so authentic, here they just give us something that doesn’t look at all like the real thing! Will note this one for next time I’m visiting London 🙂

    1. You will love it Paula.

  47. My mummy loves Chinese food. Prawn toast is my favourite, while she likes spring rolls. My daddy prefers something a bit more spicy. What a fantastic restaurant!

    1. The prawn toast was lovely there.

  48. I love Chinese food and this looks delicious

  49. Oh I adore lobster – I don’t think I’ve ever had it in a chinese restaurant. The food looks incredible here.

    1. It was a great restaurant.

  50. Oh this looks marvellous I’m starving just looking at all the offerings!
    L x

    1. They did a great job with the food.

  51. Oh my goodness this just looks soooo delicious! I love Chinese food! H x

    1. It was lovely 😉

  52. Great review – sounds a lovely place to dine x

  53. Looks like my kind of food – just can I afford the bill at the end???

    1. They have other set menus too and if you prefer order just a couple of dishes and share with whoever you go with, the prices vary so it doesn’t have to cost too much x

  54. looks much nicer than the nasty homemade soup I just had!

  55. As a lover of all things Chinese – this was fab!

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