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Royal China
Highly Commended Best Chinese
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A grand, charcoal-hued Far Eastern-themed dining room with bright red accents awaits diners at this high-class Chinese restaurant and London import. Jellyfish-like chandeliers hang overhead and the place does both a roaring lunch and dinner trade. The food here is fine-dining without being overly fussy nor fanciful and the service is friendly and attentive. Order the jasmine flower tea to sip while you wait for your starters; it’s an artful creation, which springs open into a bloom once in hot water. The steamed platter of just-prepped dim sum is impeccably fresh, falling apart as you bite into the parcels of prawn and vegetable combinations. The deep-fried and wok-tossed salt and pepper squid is well-seasoned and the batter crunchy. The crispy fried aromatic duck is carved nearby, made into pancakes and then whipped over to the table. They’re the crunchiest we’ve tasted. For veggies, there are a few options, including the bokchoy with garlic and stir-fried mushrooms with oyster sauce.
Open daily 11.30am-11.30pm. Building 4, DIFC (04 354 5543). Unlimited dim sum: Dhs188 (with soft drinks), Dhs388 (with house grape), Dhs488 (with bubbly). Available Fri-Sat.Business lunch: Dhs88 (two courses), Dhs128 (three courses).

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