Royal Dragon

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A space with warm wooden walls and low lighting (and karaoke). Expect hot pots, curries and barbecue in among the rice and noodles.

The extensive menu here offers many of the usual Chinatown favourites – deep-fried shredded beef; deep-fried squid in salt and pepper – and on the whole these are of a good standard. We were less keen on our kung po chicken, despite the tender meat, as it included cashew nuts and a sweet-sour sauce rather than the anticipated peanuts and chillies. More adventurous diners may opt for crab steamed in wine sauce: a generous portion of whole crab that’s heady with the fragrance of Shaoxing wine. Pei pa duck is also delicious, comprising moist, rich meat and crisp lacquered skin. Homesick Chinese students and those in search of comfort food like to order the excellent beef brisket, either in noodle soup or on its own with rice. We loved the tender chunks of slow-cooked beef blanketed in rich, flavourful sauce. The restaurant now only serves dinner, but opens until very late to cater for young Chinese and others with a penchant for karaoke. The singing takes place in private rooms, so diners need not fear any disturbance. Furnishings are mostly dark and low key, making a change from the bright red found in neighbouring restaurants.



Venue name: Royal Dragon
Address: 30 Gerrard Street
Opening hours: Dinner served 5.30pm-3am daily.
Transport: Tube: Leicester Square or Piccadilly Circus tube
Price: Main courses £7.50-£23. Set dinner £14, £17.50, £18.50 per person (minimum 2).
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A big thank you to Timeout and Royal Dragon for inviting me to experience my first Chinese meal in China Town... and my what a feast it was!

I was able to try a variety of different things on their menu (most of which I wouldn't normally order) and was pleasantly surprised with the flavours, quality and service.

The starter of 4 different dumplings was brilliant with one scallop, one crab meat, one spring onion & prawn and one prawn and ginger. Full of flavour and great to try all of them - particular favourites were the prawn and crab.

Of course duck pancakes were served (everyone's favourite) which were also good - no better than any others I've tried though.

Then finally the show piece! Lobster with spring onions and ginger. My goodness was this a show stopper.  A whole lobster served on a platter (cut up and fried) with spring onions and noodles coated in a lovely creamy sauce. I am not the biggest fan of lobster and thought it could have done with more veg but I was so full by this time it didn't matter.

Overall a lovely meal, with friendly staff, a slightly dated and grubby looking interior but delicious food.


The first thing I noticed upon entering this restaurant was that there were many Chinese diners eating here. Surely a good sign right.

The prawn dumplings were divine but the duck wraps in Housin sauce were definitely my favourite element of the entire meal. Everyone loves a duck wrap and this restaurants offering was served beautifully and tasted perfect.

The main course was lobster and although I'm not a huge lobster fan I have to admit that it looked amazing. My partner is a bit more of a lobster fan than I and he appeared to get quite excited by this offering so I assume it has his seal of approval. The only down side was that it was hard to eat with just a fork and spoon. A lobster fork and knife would have been very useful at this stage.

Another lovely touch was the horoscope cocktails. As a Gemini I went straight for the Gemini cocktail and loved it's purple colour and it's amazing sparkly taste. Fab!

Overall the restaurant is one of the posher looking offerings in China town. The inside is clean and basic in terms of decor but the staff were lovely and very attentive without being too in your face.

Overall a lovely meal with a genuine taste of china with less of the westernised influence.


I'm always confused when I go to Chinatown, how do you decide where to go!? Having tried Royal Dragon, I now have a recommendation for everyone! 

We sat in the window which was excellent for people watching, and the staff were great - not obtrusive but very attentive; bringing wet wipes after we made a mess and clean plates for each course. 

The food was excellent - my favourite is always duck and theirs was deliciously crispy, with a good duck/spring onion/cucumber/plum sauce to pancake ratio. 

Apparently they also have karaoke upstairs, you would never know from the restaurant but sounds fun!

In summary I'd recommend a visit!


Royal Dragon is in the heart of Chinatown on Gerrard Street. Decorated in browns and creams, when you step in it is calm, away from the bustle just outside the door.

We had dim sum to start, Prawn dumplings and pork dumplings served in stacked bamboo servers. These were very flavorful. This was followed by crispy duck with pancakes and a plum sauce. The duck was deliciously crispy, the pancakes were hot and fresh. We finally had lobster with ginger and spring onion. I am a bit of a lobster novice, but this was amazing. It was a huge portion of lobster served on a platter of noodles in a succulent ginger sauce. It even came with its own implement, a lobster fork, the first time I have seen one. 

The service was excellent. Recommended.

Nice friendly staffs with surprisingly good quality cantonese food. If you don't eat Cantonese food very often then the set menu give you some of the most popular items that you should try from a Chinese restaurant, otherwise you should try some of my favourite foods which I found in this restaurant and they are as followed: Start with a dim sum platter then a curry dish, roasted duck with out bones, steamed king prawn with garlic, sizzling beef fillet with onion and pepper sauce. Also, you should get the Steamed Bread Crab with Chinese yellow wine if you don't mind get your hand dirty!