Royal China - DIFC

Classy, consistently excellent Chinese
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Time Out Says

Royal china is a bustling, buzzing Chinese restaurant that has repeatedly featured in Time Out Dubai’s Best Chinese category for a reason. And this year is no different.

Nestled right in the middle of DIFC, and surrounded by towering office blocks, its ambient dining room – all dark wooden floors and red tasselled chandeliers – has played host to many a business meeting.

But this restaurant also attracts a romantic crowd in the evenings who are drawn not only by the intimate atmosphere (there are plenty of cosy corners to sit in), but also the excellent menu.

One of the most popular dishes is the signature roast duck, which may be pricier than some Chinese eateries in the city but is of excellent quality.

We opt to try the intriguing vegetarian version, which substitutes the skin for thin, crispy layers of pastry. The idea is an interesting one, but it doesn’t quite work – although we’re still impressed by the attempt.

Elsewhere on the menu, the chicken xiao long bao are plump and juicy – with just enough bite. There’s also a wide selection of Cantonese cheung fun, which isn’t easy to find. It’s sloppy (as it should be) and doused in soy sauce – with the beef just slightly visible through the super-thin walls of each rice noodle roll.

Royal China remains a solid choice for an excellent Chinese meal, with a menu that offers inventive cuisine while not compromising on the wide range of classics.

WHAT IS IT...
Classy, consistently excellent Chinese

WHY GO...
For a business lunch, a date or just because

27 Mar 2019

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Details

FacilitiesDine In
Payment OptionsCash, Credit Card
CuisinesChinese
Dress CodeCasuals
11:30 AM to 1:00 AM
Sunday: 11:30 AM to 1:00 AMMonday: 11:30 AM to 1:00 AMTuesday: 11:30 AM to 1:00 AMWednesday: 11:30 AM to 1:00 AMThursday: 11:30 AM to 1:00 AMFriday: 11:30 AM to 1:00 AMSaturday: 11:30 AM to 1:00 AM
Show number 04 354 5543
Dubai, DIFC, 4L2-011, The Balcony, Precinct Building, Sheikh Zayed Road

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