Royal China at Nehru Place, New Delhi

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Category: Food, Wine & NightLife | Tags: Cocktails, Food Review, Royal China, Nehru Place, Restaurants in South Delhi, Chinese Restaurants in Delhi, Peking Duck, Chicken Cheung Fun, Prawn Dimsums, Kimchi Salad, Black Bean Sauce, Soya Sauce, Vegetable Dumplings, Silken Tofu
Scribbled by: Sonika | On: 1st Mar, 2011

Royal China at Nehru Place has really taken the royal quite literally. Located on the 16th floor, the restaurant entered Delhi at the end of September 2010 after being the talk of the town in Mumbai for its authentic Cantonese cuisine since the beginning of 2007. Royal China is housed inside the Eros Corporate Park in Nehru Place and has a beautiful view of the city. Lunches or dinners - both would be a fabulous idea if you have made a reservation right next to the window.

Royal China is divided into various sections - a dining area, a lounge section, a bar area and a section with partly open roof and high tables and bar chairs. The entire restaurant is dimly lit and unlike many restaurants where the dim lighting is taken a bit too far with almost no light on the tables to even read the menu properly, Royal China has managed to throw just adequate light on each table and lesser light elsewhere so smoothly.

My friend and I started off with a Vegetable Lettuce Wrap (Rs. 450). The servers were excellent at their job and we saved the effort of making the wrap ourselves. The servers did it for us. I quite liked it and thought it was an excellent choice to start with until I tasted our next appetizer - the Chicken Cheung Fun. It was delicious. Soft and savoury fillings of chicken wrapped inside a steamed rice-roll was just spectacular. There was also a supposedly Kimchi Salad on the table without any traces of cabbage. Strangely, on speaking to our server - he said this is their own version of it! For appetizers, we also had on our table - Vegetable Dumplings with Spinach - decently done, a bit too sticky for my liking; Prawns Dimsums (Rs. 295) - my friend couldn't stop raving as to how these were the best dimsums he had ever had and if you would have seen the look on his face, you would have believed him too; Peking Duck (Rs. 1500 for half the duck) - my friend really enjoyed the crispiness of the Duck though he thought that the pancakes served along could be done better; Pan-fried King Prawns with Soya Sauce (Rs. 825) - fried perfectly well and had great flavours to savour though didn't try with the Soya Sauce; and lastly, Smoked-Shredded Chicken - nothing to write home about, was good to munch for the crispiness, but that's about it. (Please note, I don't eat Sea food and hence the thoughts about Prawn Dimsums, Pan-fried King Prawns and Peking Duck are of my friend's as also mentioned.)

We took our drinks - Dirty Daniel (Mix of in the open air section after the starters. Lucky for us, it was just about to rain and we enjoyed the lovely breeze and the sweet smell of the impending rain while sitting on a beautiful high seating section at Royal China.

Back for main course to our table, we had Silken Tofu (Rs. 475) and Sauteed Chicken with Chilli and Black Bean Sauce (Rs. 475) with Mixed Vegetable Fried Rice (Rs. 275) and Pan Fried Noodles with Mixed Vegetables. The Silken Tofu was so soft that there was almost no need to chew it. It was melting in the mouth. Our server told us that Royal China uses special imported Silken Tofu. Glad they do! Sauteed Chicken with Chilli and Black Bean Sauce was equally tender, a bit on the spicier side but delicious. We couldn't polish off the main course because we were way too stuffed.

As tradition, however, we did order dessert. Nothing Chinese. Our server suggested we have the dessert of the day - Mud Cake. What can I say - it was great - oodles of warm chocolate sauce on a chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream. All in all, we really enjoyed our meal, especially the ambiance at Royal China.

You will know when you step inside Royal China, why I said that they take the word royal too literally. The decor is spectacular, the ambiance is very classy, your dishes are served to you lavishly on a golden stand by servers who know it all there is in the menu and are trained to serve you just oh-so-royally. Of course, you pay quite a lot for all that but Royal China is recommended for a romantic outing, a family celebration or just a dinner when you wish to savour some authentic flavours!

Bon Appetit! 

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