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Royal Chinese BBQ-St. Louis

Phaedrus | Feb 5, 2004 09:52 AM

This place has just been remodeled, and for those of you who remember the old place, be prepared. the decor is awesome. Being Chinese and not really a big fan of pink restaurant interiors, the new pink walls blew me away. The seating is much more comfortable now, the cash register is properly placed and the lighting is excellent.

Now to the most important part. The food.

I ordered the fried oysters and the satay beef ho fun. Both excellent choices before remodeling and almost the same after remodeling.

The batter they used on the oysters were too close to being corn dog batter. Way too doughy. The oysters themselves were huge and the frying was very well done. The salt and pepper that came with the oysters hit the right spot. In fact, other than the batter the dish was perfect.

The satay beef ho fun was excellent. The beef slices were big, juicy and tender. The ho fun noodles were well coated with the sauce and tender. They did add carrot strips and green peppers to the dish. The green pepers packed a nice little punch to the flavor but the carrot strips added nothing to the dish so that was a slight minus there, otherwise the dish was terrific.

One interesting thing is that the restaurant retained its name in English: Royal China BBQ, but the Chinese name did away with the BBQ part, even though they still serve excellent cantonese BBQ. They have added seafood to the name in Chinese. This isn't surprising in the Lulu's has added a lot of pressure and competition to the area so this is Royal Chinese BBQ's way of coming back against the challenge. So far so good. The prices seem to have risen as others have pointed out, but its not that bad, the food is still quite plentiful and good.

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