Celebrate in style at Royal China DIFC
When you get an invitation in your inbox to dine at one of Dubai’s premiere Chinese Restaurants you don’t turn it down, though I have to admit I did delay this experience so I could write about it as we approach Chinese New Year, year of the Snake. January is a perfect time for dining al fresco so we wasted no time finding us a nice spot in the shade to enjoy what Royal China had to offer.
Royal China is situated in the heart of DIFC but don’t panic there is parking and you get the first two hours free, which is ample time to discover the delights of Royal China. The main restaurant is beautiful, full of dark wood and rich red accessories with an amazing private dining room.
The menu is comprehensive but not overwhelmingly so and split into easy readable sections with a separate Dim Sum menu. After reading the menu about 20 times we finely reached a decision, for starters we had sesame prawn toast and vegetable spring rolls. They arrived at the table very quickly and both were superb, I have always been a huge fan of sesame prawn toast and was not disappointed, if I am honest I could have easily eaten two portions! (next time).
Starters over with and onto main courses, I knew that my other half would go for the Kung Pao chicken, he is rather predictable. I however went for something I haven’t had in years, sweet and sour crispy king prawn balls and we also ordered a portion of crispy shredded chilli beef in bird’s nest. The food was outstanding, my prawns were huge and the sweet and sour sauce was amazing, needless to say there were no complaints with either of the other two dishes either except I felt that the beef dish could have done with a bit more chilli. If there is one thing you do if you are either living in Dubai, or visiting give this restaurant the once over. I saw a portion of their crispy duck being prepared for people dining next to us, we will be returning with friends to give that a try.
I am sure some of you will be reading this and thinking that I got fantastic service etc because they had me in the diary and they knew that they had to impress me, well you are wrong. They had someone in the diary, a food blogger dining with someone from their team, they didn’t realise it was actually me until after the meal when I approached them to thank them. One lady who did manage to stay undercover, and it was her review that first brought my attention to Royal China was Foodiva, a copy of her review can be found here.
Royal China are located in The Balcony, Building 4, DIFC. You can find more information and a copy of their menu via their website. You can also find them on Facebook. For reservations call 04 354 5543. There are also some more photographs on my Facebook page.