RESTAURANT REVIEW: First impressions don’t count - it’s a parkway dream

Brad Barnes dines at Rotal China restaurant at Werrington.
Brad Barnes dines at Rotal China restaurant at Werrington.
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I don’t know what it is about Chinese restaurants (I am thinking Imperial Bento at Thorney Toll) but first impressions clearly don’t count.

Saturday evening we dined at Royal China - you can just about see it from the Werrington Parkway - but apart from a neon “open” sign, there is little to suggest it wants your business. It certainly isn’t what you would call inviting.

Brad Barnes dines at Rotal China restaurant at Werrington.

Brad Barnes dines at Rotal China restaurant at Werrington.

And that is a bit of a shame as I guess there are thousands who have driven past and not given it a second thought (me included in recent history).

It is certainly a lot more presentable and brighter inside than my last visit (about five years ago when the food was way off the mark too) and the menu has certainly changed. Saturday evening now has an a la carte buffet - to all intents all you can eat for £15.90.

The portions aren’t huge - and the waitress told us so - but you can order as many as you like. So, along with prawn crackers we had spare ribs, chicken satay, chicken with chilli and garlic, two chili beefs and to follow crispy duck with pancakes. And we were’t disappointed - plenty of meat on the ribs and quite a spicy sauce; the chicken was all soft and succulent - but all lightly coated and deep fried with sauce or spices on top - and the beef nice and sticky.

The highlight was the duck - not at all dry and a great flavour, with or without the fruity plum sauce.

Brad Barnes dines at Rotal China restaurant at Werrington.

Brad Barnes dines at Rotal China restaurant at Werrington.

It was pleasing to see no extra charges for seafood dishes on the mains list - and the spicy garlic prawns, only four, and dusted in chili and garlic were pleasing on the eye, beautifully cooked and a delight.

No complaints with the sizzling chicken in a spicy huajiao sauce, or the ever dependable beef in black bean sauce, the stir fried veg was crisp and tasty, while the noodles were excellent.

No wow factor but decent Chinese fayre, well cooked and presented, and the service was spot on. It was certainly good enough to warrant another visit.

BRAD’S RATING: 7

Brad Barnes dines at Rotal China restaurant at Werrington.

Brad Barnes dines at Rotal China restaurant at Werrington.

RESTAURANT DETAILS: Royal China, Dukesmead (A15 Werrington Parkway), Peterborough 01733 322888

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Spare ribs

Spring roll

Sesame prawns on toast

Satay skewer chicken

Crispy seaweed

Crispy wanton

Chili Beef

Crispy aromatic duck (with pancakes and salad)

Chicken and sweetcorn soup

Mains

Lemon chicken

Sweet and sour chicken

Chicken cashew nuts

Kung po chicken

Roasted pork Cantonese style

Stir fried pork with beansprouts

Sizzling pork in hoi sin sauce

Chicken/beef/prawn/mixed veg curry

Beef mushroom

Claypot stewed beef

sizzling beef with ginger and spring onion

Roasted duck Cantonese style

Prawn in orange sauce

Sweet and sour prawn

Mussels with black bean sauce

Deep fried squid with chili and garlic

Red Rhai prawn/chicken curry

Sweet and sour mixed veg

Stir fried beansprouts

Sizzling bean curd with black bean sauce

Special/egg/boiled rice

Noodles with beansprouts

Chips