Done up like an imperial palace, all dark wood, vermillion lanterns, and plush chairs, Royal China doesn’t take the ‘Royal’ part of its name lightly. The expansive dining room is regularly filled with crowds of Dubai diners eager to get their hands on its justifiably famous Peking duck, which is wheeled over tableside on a trolley before being expertly carved and served by one of the restaurant’s wait staff. It’s a rewarding ceremony to watch, and no less to enjoy – those parcels of plum sauce-laced duck, tucked into pancakes, verge on the divine.
Chinese food lovers of all stripes can find something at Royal China, though. In addition to its menu of more traditional fare, the restaurant also serves dishes aimed at nostalgic Westerners (kung pao chicken), that are about as authentically Chinese as spaghetti and meatballs. For the more traditionally minded, an extensive dim sum menu offers an array of moreish, bite-sized nibbles.