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Royal China

6025 Royal Lane
Dallas, TX 75230
214-361-1771
Critics' Pick
Best Of
Royal China +

Nick Rallo

Details

  • Sun-Fri 11am-2:30pm, Sun-Thu 4:30pm-9:30pm, Fri-Sat 4:30pm-10pm
  • $; $$
  • Wheelchair accessible, Catering, Kid Friendly, Takeout
  • Lunch, Dinner
  • Full bar
  • Parking Lot Available
  • Reservations Accepted, Reservations Not Necessary
The Top 100 Dallas Restaurants, No. 27: You’d think that Royal China, situated near Preston Hollow and catering to a mostly American clientele since 1974, would have been surpassed many times over by the new wave of Chinese restaurants in Plano, Richardson and other northern suburbs. But this Dallas institution is more than keeping up with the times. Chefs pull noodles and roll dumplings before customers’ eyes at a bar added in 2008, and the menu now expands well beyond Americanized favorites to include specialties from Wuxi, Sichuan and Shanghai. Dan dan la mian noodles are one of the city’s most essential bowls, and many of the pork and seafood specialties, like slow-braised Wuxi pork ribs, are just as good.

Top pick: Coming to Royal China and not ordering noodles is tantamount to sacrilege. Choose between the cold bowls of dan dan noodles or go for the meaty, super-savory lu rou mian.

The downside: Like many non-specialist restaurants, Royal China can be one-upped on individual dishes by other restaurants, like the superior soup dumplings at Fortune House and several soups at Wu Wei Din. But the success rate here is remarkably high.

Fun fact: Do whatever you can to score seats at the noodle bar, where the dough-spinning chefs enjoy showing off their techniques to a wide-eyed audience.

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