First time here and it won't be the last.
Hailing from Hong Kong, I am impressed by the authentic Cantonese food here. Here are my tips for ordering for a truely HK experience.
We ordered a BBQ pork pastry; two steam rolls (cheung fun) - BBQ and beef; gluentenous rice in lotus leaf; dried bean curd roll; shanghainese style meat and veg fried dumpling - quite a lot of food for two indeed.
Our best order was the steam rolls, such that we ordered another one after. It was definitely top par even by HK standard, because the rice roll were super thin (and even), suggesting the chef is very skilled; and the stuffings were abundant, not often found in HK probably due to the expensive meat from China. In HK, the BBQ pork in the steam rolls were usually served cold inside the hot roll, and were thinly carved - but here it is thick and what you paid for, obviously double the price of HK as it is London, but obviously better than those in Chinatown (and even a lot local dim sum places in HK). The taste, above all, was authentic - be sure to dip with plenty of soy sauce.
Ranked second among our orders was the dried bean curd roll, BBQ pastry and gluentious rice. They all tasted authentic, but if I have to be picky, the BBQ pastry on first bite was slightly too buttery - perhaps to suit to westerners' taste. The gluentious rice was too much stuffings and too few rice - which is good value but different from the typical HK type because stuffs (chicken, pork) again are more expensive so chefs put more rice instead!
In this restaurant, I would suggest go with the standard Cantonese dim sum and avoid the Shanghainese spin aka the fried buns was disasterous. It was the most expensive GBP5+ but tasted funny - exterior looks like Shanghainese but inside is the Canton type meat and veg steam bun - was disappointed as I was looking for the pan fried jucy meat inside.
Nevertheless, I am impressed with Royal China. It is expensive - by HK (obviously, similar price as Fook Lum Moon!) and Chinatown standard, but it saves me a flight back home when my carvings come, so still worth it.
A few more minor things to note, perhaps their high quality is due to the relatively few offerings compared to the typical Chinatown dim sum places.
Second, I noticed a lot of people complained about the service here. Perhaps this left something to desire given the price here, but I had no expectation on service because there aren't any in local yum cha places in HK - waiters are just rushing to get out / in the food.
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