Jun 7, 2012

Royal China – Shatti Al Qurum

Royal China (Telephone 24571339 – Map) is a new Chinese restaurant located in Shatti Al Qurum. It is located right next to the Qurum Park roundabout in Qurum Gardens building next to where My Cupcake and Fuala is located.

Royal China looks pretty nice from the inside and is quite spacious. We went on a weekend’s evening and the restaurant was pretty busy with a crowd that constituted of what mainly seemed like families and couples.

As soon as we gave our ordered we were treated with a complimentary bowl of kimchi and a pot of jasmine tea. The kimchi was spicy to the right amount and I enjoyed it a lot. The jasmine tea was a nice addition and we sipped it throughout the whole meal.

For the starters we ordered a portion of prawn Siu Mai dimsums (RO 2.900) and a portion of Drums of Heavens – Shandong style (RO 2.900). I enjoyed both of them a lot, and I thought the shandong style drums of heaven were really nice even though it was not as crunchy as the usual drums of heaven we get here in Oman.

It was a bit difficult to pick our mains because the menu is pretty big and there is no description of the ingredients of the items on the menu. However, we ended having a portion of  General Tao’s Chicken (RO 3.900), Chili Prawns (RO 5.800), and some Fragrant Pot Rice with vegetables (RO 2.800). The portions of the food were perfect and I liked everything we ordered, especially the chili prawns and the fragrant pot rice.

For the dessert we tried the Steamed Coconut Dumplings (RO 1.800), which was a bit too rich and sweet for liking, but I am still glad that I got to try something new.

In total we ordered 2 starters, 2 mains, 1 rice, 1 dessert, and 1 large bottle of water. Total came to RO 20.600.

I thought that the service at Royal China was good, our food came as ordered and in time. The staff were friendly and polite, but they were not able to give us proper advice on what to have or explain the ingredients of the dishes on the menu. I still had a great time at Royal China and would be surely going there again.

Have you guys been to Royal China, what do you think of it?

 

  • http://twitter.com/TheRestlessQuil Sandhya Menon

    i went there last week and was pretty disappointed. we ordered three things, and they tasted the same. the mains were an indication of dessert so we played it safe it with a brownie and icecream. they got that wrong! how is the even possible. when the brownie wasn’t gluing our jaws shut tight, we found chunks of paper in it! :-/

  • Royal China

    Dear Blue Chi, 

    Thank you very much for your honest review of our restaurant. We are glad that you liked the food cuz we were actually waiting for your review when we saw a tweet that you’ve been to Royal China :) We do agree that our staff is not fully trained on the menu as its a very long one, that’s the reason we went for a soft opening and hopefully that will be sorted soon Inshallah. The reason our menu is big because we wanted our customers to taste all different Chinese schools of cooking. What you had was Prawns in XO chiili. :) Thanks and Hope to see you again! Dear Sandhya, We are really sorry you had a bad experience. In fact we at Royal China made sure that every dish we offer should be different from the other one, so that we offer something unique.   However we do admit we had some problems with the brownie but that has been rectified and i am sure you’ll love it now cuz its yummy :) We at Royal China really appreciate guests like yourself so that we know where we have gone wrong. Thanks and hope to see you again.Like
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  • Fozia

    Finally we got a good chinese restaurant in Muscat….Excellent Restaurant…the food is just tooooo good, the interior is amazing, i feel its the best chinese restaurant in muscat. Keeep up the good work guys !!!!

  • Lakshmi

    Let me know about your buffet dining.

  • ashley

    Just wanted to say that your Omani Cuisine blog is excellent and very
    helpful! Still new to Muscat and the amount of restaurants is some times
    overwhelming. Just a suggestion – since you have visited so many places, you should compile a few lists – top 5 places to eat; top 5 best places to eat on a budget, etc. That would also be very helpful!

  • Royal China

    Dear Lakshmi, 

    Thanks for the query, we do not have buffet at the moment but surely consider it in the future. 

  • Abu_Shihab

    Went there last weekend with my family. Service was incredibly slow and the dim sums could use much needed improvement. However, the main courses were extremely well prepared and we all thoroughly enjoyed our selections. I ordered the roasted lamb (house specialty) and it was really good, i would definitely recommend that to anyone thinking of dining there.

  • Ahmed

    It’s definitely one of the best place for chinese food in Oman, their not even 1 month old and i have been there like 10times .The service is excelent. Keep it up guys !! :)

  • AK

    I went their last week and loved their food

  • HH

    I went last night with my family for dinner. I must say i was not impressed with the food quality or quanitity. Th interiors were great but staff were untrained and did not know what they were serving or how to explain the dishes.
    Quality and quantity  of food did not justify the ambience of the restraunt.
    I think i will be sticking to Golden oryx and Silk route in the future.

  • Habib Al Lawati

    I went there yesterday. The seating area was lovely. The service was good. Sometimes, the waiter is not respond when I called him.
    The food was nice and delicious.
    I feel the prices were not fair comparing with the food quantity and it little expensive.

  • HHR

    went there last week…the food is very good and the waiters are also very nice..loved the crab cake, salt and pepper prawns and konjee crispy lamp. great restaurant loved it 

  • HHR

    and comeon habib its not expensive…its much cheaper other other chinese restaurants and they charge no tax 

  • Reem

    nice food i like :)

  • Bob

    gooda gooda 

  • KG

    went there 2 days back and loved the food but i thought its wasnt open so i think you guys need marketing, the restaurant is beautiful. Good luck !!

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  • VL

    Why do you serve kimchi, a Korean food, at a Chinese restaurant? I’m really confused…

  • Laila

    Excellent food, great seating and friendly staff! I really enjoyed my experience at Royal China

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  • Yvonne

    Kimchi’s a traditional Korean dish but in so many Japanese and Chinese restaurants they serve kimchi in an effort to fool westerners into thinking that it’s Japanese or Chinese… Kimchi is supposed to taste a bit spicy, salty, and sometimes sour (if fermented) but in Japanese and Chinese restaurants they serve kimchi that has more of a sweet flavor and sometimes you can tast a bit of ketchup. Japanese/Chinese copycat kimchi is made skipping the fermentation process and was mostly intended to increase the export of it and slowly form an illusion in the heads of many outside the Asian culture that kimchi is Japanese/Chinese…

  • Yvonne

    Kimchi’s a traditional Korean dish but in so many Japanese and Chinese restaurants they serve kimchi in an effort to fool westerners into thinking that it’s Japanese or Chinese… Kimchi is supposed to taste a bit spicy, salty, and sometimes sour (if fermented) but in Japanese and Chinese restaurants they serve kimchi that has more of a sweet flavor and sometimes you can tast a bit of ketchup. Japanese/Chinese copycat kimchi is made skipping the fermentation process and was mostly intended to increase the export of it and slowly form an illusion in the heads of many outside the Asian culture that kimchi is Japanese/Chinese…