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Royal China at Raffles (皇朝莱佛士)

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A picture of pale blue elegance, this top-notch Chinese restaurant is operated by a London-based restaurateur. Signature dishes include lobster noodles, crispy duck in pancake, roast suckling pig and traditional dim sum items. Casual attire such as shorts, bermudas, sandals and slippers are not permitted.

Mon - Sat: 12:00 - 15:00

Sun & PH: 11:00 - 15:00

Mon - Sun: 18:00 - 22:30

+65 63383363
$38 based on 160 submissions
Lunch (62 votes), Children/Family (46 votes), Quiet (41 votes)
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like the dim sum here

The ambiance here is stunning with tiffany-blue decor and it serves excellent Chinese food. I frequent the place for its dim sum. My favourites are the Char Siew Sou, Custard Bun, and Har Gau. The restaurant’s speciality, Lobster Noodle is also a worthy mention.

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  • dim sum24 votes
  • har gao15 votes
  • custard bun14 votes
  • Barbeque pork puff12 votes
  • lobster noodle9 votes
  • Char Siew Bao6 votes
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14 Jan 2015 • 1 review • 0 follower

Bad service

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Went for lunch and received very bad service from the staff. It was very obvious that all the staff were trying to push the job to one another, we didn't get served promptly. We expected better service
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05 Jan 2015 • 1 review • 0 follower

Bad service from GM of restaurant

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I went to Royal China last Saturday for a dim sum lunch bringing two overseas guests. I have never had such a rude experience especially coming from a General Manager of a reputable restaurant like Royal China.

Upon entering the restaurant we were greeted without a smile and upon payment, he made very rude remarks to me and my husband in front of our overseas guests in a loud tone. It is so rude that it is not worth mentioning publicly.

Having held our wedding dinner at this restaurant, we always enjoyed coming back to this place. But the recent experience with the GM has disappointed us tremendously. It is time to find a new place for dim sum lunch. Nothing spoils your day more than rude service staff.
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16 Dec 2014 • 91 reviews • 0 follower

like the dim sum here

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The ambiance here is stunning with tiffany-blue decor and it serves excellent Chinese food. I frequent the place for its dim sum. My favourites are the Char Siew Sou, Custard Bun, and Har Gau. The restaurant’s speciality, Lobster Noodle is also a worthy mention.
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16 Sep 2014 • 51 reviews • 1 follower

Good Food at Very Good Price

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This place serves the decent dim sum at the best price, period. They use fresh ingredients, not mention generous amount of the more expensive ingredients, like prawns and scallops are added into the dim sum, coupled with the fact that the dim sums are very flavourful without assaulting your senses with bulk loads of salt and MSG. What is there not to love about their dim sum? And at only about $4.50 a set, it is a real steal. 

Though with such good dim sum at such low price, the service and ambience bound to suffer. Many people realize that this is the place to go for good dim sum without hurting the wallet, so the place is always crowded on weekends, and thus dining at your own sweet time is not option. You will find that the service staff will be eager to see you off (to the extent of bringing the bill over even before the dessert is finished!) in preparation for the next customer. The service crew only deliver so-so service. Prompt response, but without the smile and the warmth and have the tendency to make blunders.

Though a recent visit for dinner, I found out that it seems like the manager had changed, since the staffs had become way friendlier than in the past, thus making my meal at there a delightful one (The food, especially the kurobuta pork and Pumpkin Puree with coconut ice cream are excellent). I guess the quiet dinner time, way less hectic than lunch time, makes room for some decent service. So I went there again in the afternoon and realized that the service is kind of meh.

Don't mind going back if I want to pamper my wallet without compromising on the well-being of my taste buds ... okay, maybe my blood pressure may go up a bit due to service.

For photos, visit my blog at http://morsels-of-delice.blogspot.sg/2014/09/royal-china-at-raffles-good-food-at.html
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23 Aug 2014 • 2 reviews • 0 follower

Great food - terrible service

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Go to eat. Make sure you order quickly. The service is terrible from entry to exit. All staff are rude. Except maybe the chefs, because we didn't meet them. I don't expect treatment like a king but can I please be served promptly and with any manners at all? Honestly, I get better service at every hawker centre in the CBD.

I'm just waiting for the standard of food to drop. Without their food, I would probably consider this place "a nothing". Go to Crystal Jade. They might be brisk to serve but at least the majority have manners and the food is good.

Oh and last month, this place didn't take down my booking and asked me if I even called. 
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