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Question About Royal China Baker St. (London)

zuriga1 Dec 17, 2012 05:32 AM

I know there are two Royal China restaurants on Baker St. Do they both do Dim Sum and is one better than the other? I think tomorrow is my day for a fix. Do they serve dim sum all afternoon at Min Jiang?

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    Jon Tseng Dec 17, 2012 07:21 AM

    Royal China Club, the smaller one (and the original Baker St site) is a more upmarket outfit. Specialises in fancy stuff like whole fishes and lobsters and the like. I think they have a dim sum selection but its shorter. If you just want a dim sum "fix" the larger main branch is better.

    Alternately I'm very fond of the dim sum at Shanghai Blues in Holborn. Also worth checking out Grand Imperial in the hotel by Victoria Station.

    Don't think Min Jiang will serve them all afternoon. They are much more a proper posh restaurant so I assume they will have more restricted hours. Having said that taking on a half peking duck there and a couple of baskets of dim sum is another excellent way to pamper yourself.

    J

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    1. re: Jon Tseng
      zuriga1 Dec 17, 2012 08:18 AM

      Thanks for the help, John. We'll see where we end up in London and at what time.

      1. re: zuriga1
        frogprince Dec 19, 2012 05:12 AM

        I would agree with Jon re: RCC as it is much better than the standard Royal China restaurants. I would also suggest that you take a look at Pearl Liang. I think that for some dim sum it is equal or better than RCC and slightly cheaper.

        I am hoping to check out the dim sum at the Grand Imperial at some stage but I must admit I did not know about Shanghai Blues.

        Address Details
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        Pearl Liang
        8 Sheldon Square,
        Paddington
        London,
        W2 6EZ

        Phone:020 7289 7000

        1. re: frogprince
          zuriga1 Jan 1, 2013 12:55 PM

          We got to Pearl Liang today and a late lunch. We were very happy with all the dim sum we ate, and it seemed a step up from what I remember of the place I used to go to in NYC. Service was fine, and the restaurant wasn't mobbed at all as we ate fairly late. One of these days we'll get to RCC, too.

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            k
            klyeoh Jan 1, 2013 07:46 PM

            I liked Royal China Club a lot:
            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/878337

            But you all have gotten me curious about Pearl Liang now - I'll have to do that the next time I'm in London.

            1. re: klyeoh
              zuriga1 Jan 1, 2013 11:18 PM

              Yes, a good idea, klyeoh. I'm anxious now to try the other places and compare. We found Liang very reasonable when it comes to prices, but I never mind paying more if the dim sum is of better quality or variety. Maybe RCC will be next.

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      JFores Dec 19, 2012 05:45 AM

      From what I've seen at Min Jiang, the dim sum menu appears to be open throughout the day. I know we ordered off of it during the Peking duck duel, but maybe limster can confirm this.

      1. zuriga1 Dec 19, 2012 06:51 AM

        My dim sum meal might have to wait for a bit, but many thanks to all. My husband who is never sick has come down with whatever plague is going around .. not the norovirus but more like the flu. Hopefully, we can get somewhere next week.

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