Royal China Club Re-Opens
The highly anticipated Stiff and Trevillion designed Royal China Club at 38-42 Baker Street, London reopened on Thursday 9 August 2018.
During its four-month renovation the restaurant doubled in size to 180 seats and now encompasses the additional space, which was a former building society on the corner plot at the junction of Baker Street and Blandford Street. The restaurant has also acquired five elegant private rooms suitable for group dining for six to twenty guests.
Commenting on the project, Richard Blandy from Stiff and Trevillion said: “They didn’t really give us a brief. It has been a very successful restaurant for them and we have taken the opportunity to update it. Everything was taken out so we have increased the size of the kitchen, upgraded the extract and put in new shop fronts. There is not a single thing in there from the 2005 fit out – it has had a complete makeover.”
Renowned architects Stiff and Trevillion have complemented their sophisticated design with traditional Chinese themes such as silk wallpaper and a feature wall in black and red lacquer. Large round gold leaf coffers decorate the ceiling. The corridor and bar flooring is laid in textured black porcelain with brass feature strips, with contemporary bespoke handmade carpets by Govindia Hemphill in the main restaurant. Royal China Club’s authentic decor has been retained with features such as an elegant tea chest and a range of traditional handmade clay teapots embellishing the space.
The main restaurant access is from Baker Street, where a bright red entrance door leads to the bar faced in profiled ceramic and brass with a Sahara Noir marble top and a mirrored and black stained oak back bar. In addition, the refurbishment has been designed with energy efficiency in mind; the newly fitted and expanded kitchens now boast hot water provided by the heat of the woks through a heat exchange system.
Richard added: “The biggest challenge is always ventilation and there was a huge requirement for extraction so we have taken advantage of that with heath reclamation units. Therefore virtually all of the hot water is produced by the heat reclaim from, particularly the woks. We think that in three years’ time that will all be paid back and effectively, the client will be getting free hot water.”
To ensure intimacy the five Private Rooms are fitted with sliding timber, brass and glass screens in a traditional Chinese lattice pattern, as well as having sheer curtained windows.
Royal China Club has been located on Baker Street for 12 years and its established Head Chef Billy Wong has worked for the restaurant since the opening. For the launch, Billy created a menu which skilfully blended authentic Chinese dishes with European ingredients. Starters feature Fresh Abalone Tossed with Caviar (Cold), and Crispy King Prawns with Chilli & Peppercorn.
New main dishes added to the extensive menu include Roast Whole Suckling Pig, Wild Scottish Lobster, Barbecued Peking Duck, Steamed Minced Iberian Pork with Salted Egg, Irish Emperor Scallop, and “Wagyu” Sirloin Steak Pan Grilled. While popular award-winning desserts such as the Fresh Pear in Rice Wine Syrup, and Supreme Bird’s Nest Soup with Pears & Papaya are also available.
Freshly made Dim Sum created by specialist Dim Sum Chef Henry Chow is offered daily from Noon until 4:30pm. Eclectic Dim Sum dishes comprise Prawn & Bamboo Pith Dumpling, Shanghai Style Juicy Pork Dumplings with Crabmeat, and Steamed Buns with Runny Custard.
“We have had lots of very positive feedback,” said Richard. “We have a great relationship with Royal Chain and have been working with them since 1995 so we have done a lot of their restaurants – for example we did their big food court in Colindale – so we have a great ongoing relationship with them.”
The Royal China Group consists of six of London’s most authentic and prestigious Chinese restaurants, including the luxurious and critically-acclaimed Royal China Club. Based in prime areas of London, the restaurants are centrally located on Baker Street, as well as in Bayswater, Fulham, Harrow-on-the-Hill and Canary Wharf.
The Royal China Club is open Sunday: Noon – 10:30pm; Monday to Thursday: Noon – 11:00pm; Friday and Saturday: Noon – 11:30pm.