What could be better than wonderful Chinese cuisine served in a spectacular waterside location with a warm and welcoming ambience? Well, that is precisely what is on offer at the Royal China in Canary Riverside.
This stunning spot is secluded enough to make it perfect for a romantic date, whilst the
majestic skyscrapers of Canary Wharf, almost close enough to touch, lend the wow factor.
This family-run restaurant welcomes you with a polite charm, and once inside the dining room you are treated to tastefully authentic décor that accentuates both the dim sum menu and the à la carte menu.
Traditional Chinese tea and the wonderful Oolong tea set the scene for steamed dim sum dishes of exceptional quality, ranging from the very filling vegetarian dumplings, to the very exotic chicken feet dumplings. Roast pork buns are a superb introduction to the textures of Chinese cuisine, whilst the spare ribs in black bean sauce are always a favourite.
Classics such as turnip cake with cured meats, pan-fried gyozas, beef cheung fun, won ton soup, and prawns with fried noodles complete the odyssey of tastes and textures, and the dessert list proves wrong those who criticise Chinese cuisine for lack of sweets.
The freshly-baked egg tarts are splendid, the steamed lotus buns are an initiation into uncharted territory for some, and the almond curd with fruit cocktail is equally exceptional.
From the à la carte menu, the steamed scallops are simply stunning, whilst the crispy duck is a perennial favourite. The creamy sweetcorn soup with a choice of shredded chicken or crab meat is enough to get your appetite into gear for a range of main courses encompassing hearty hot pots such as the stewed pork belly with preserved cabbage.
The choice of flavours and textures available coupled with the establishment’s commitment to quality and authenticity firmly marks the Royal China as one of the Docklands’ most accomplished restaurants.