Royal China, a newcomer to Harrow

With its elegant decor and yummy food, this Chinese restaurant provides a fine dining experience.

As soon as you enter, you get the impression that you are eating out in a stylish central London restaurant. The place is peppered with rich golden hues, it is spacious and the lighting is dimmed.

Prices are, you could say, similar to central London dining, with a meal for two coming to just over £40.

I visited on a Thursday evening. Once seated, we were presented with a complimentary appetizer, of salted nuts and chilli-topped, crunchy cucumber slices. It had our mouths watering.

For starters we opted for the crispy aromatic duck. This was a very generous portion; served with about 10 pancakes, and great value for money (quarter duck: £12). It was crunchy and flavoursome. By the time we had demolished the duck, I was already feeling full!

Next up, for mains, we ordered sautéed prawns with cashew nuts, sweet and sour chicken and egg-fried rice. Again, the portions were fairly large. The prawns were succulent, although a little bland, and the sweet and sour chicken was tasty although the chunks were quite big. Peas were sprinkled into the egg-fried rice; something I’ve never come across. They gave the rice a strange, sweet kick.

The service throughout the evening was polite and prompt. It was a Thursday night and three quarters of the tables in the restaurant were full, which suggests that it must get very busy at weekends.

The warm, relaxed ambience of the restaurant made me feel relaxed and comfortable.

The restaurant is part of a chain called the Royal China Group. The other restaurants are located in Baker Street, Bayswater, Fulham and Canary Wharf.

Royal China, 148-150 Station Road, Harrow, London, HA1 2RH. Tel: 020 8863 8359

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