Now I know I’m not the only one around that thinks the “Royal China” has gone off the boil of late. Last time we had a family meal there, they ran out of high chairs which made feeding Baby G tricky as he wanted to explore, the food wasn’t as wow as it used to be and the service wasn’t particularly friendly. It also seemed like the prices were creeping up, maybe this is the curse of Gordon Ramsey! So I was firmly in the market for a Dim Sum joint. Luckily our NCT pals Ketan and Sunita suggested Sunday Lunch at the “Phoenix Palace”. They now have 2 little boys but like us try and eat out a fair bit. I consider myself a moderate connoisseur of Chinese restaurants so I was surprised I hadn’t heard of the Phoenix Palace but very glad I made it’s acquaintance.
We met them down at the Phoenix Palace which is in a side street by Baker St station. We entered through an impressively ornate lobby and were shown to our table. Ketan and Sunita being regulars had secured the coveted table by the fish tank. this was a big hit with the boys. The restaurant is really very big inside like a tardis. I liked the layout as it curves around the building so despite it’s size it still feels intimate. We ordered a selection of Dim Sum and mains which were delicious. I can confirm that in most cases it was better than the “Royal China”. Service was efficient, they didn’t rush us to order and were very nice with the boys. Also a big plus was that we had plenty of room for a pram and for the boys to play. 2 year olds will only sit at the table for so long so as they were happy playing, not disturbing the other patrons or staff we could get on with some serious eating.
We were able to enjoy a friendly relaxed family lunch in nice surroundings. The boys loved their food and there was a good variety on the menu. We really felt at home and vowed to come back soon. The bill was really very reasonable for the quality of the food and the amount we ate. I still salivate at the thought of their lovely sesame prawn rolls!
Monday, October 08, 2012
Food 9 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 9
I was back here on Sunday and it is excellent. You do have to wait for your food but once it comes it is excellent. Their specials are also top draw!