Enquiring minds want to know....
I was so taken aback with the polarized views of Royal Palace that I needed to see for myself. Chinese restaurants can be all over the place in quality, cleanliness and service.
I would say that Royal Palace is in the top 15%. The place is spacious. They could have crammed in many more tables. It is clean by all apearances except there were some sticky spots on our table, but I could not see anything. There is a distinct dirty oil path of stained carpet from the front to the kitchen, but I've seen much worse.
The waitress seemed stunned for a moment when we asked to see a wine list. She recovered and brought it to us. The by the glass offerings for red are limited to Shiraz, Merlot and Cab while whites get cheated; there is only pinot grigio and chardonnay. There were about ten or so bottles listed. I did not bother to read all the text about them... The wine by the glass was average. We had two glasses of wine each.
We had egg drop soup which was pretty bland but we both liked the hot and sour, except there was no "hot" till we added it. The Chinese chips were oily and somewhat stale. We passed on them.
SO had a spicy garlic chicken dish with juliened vegetables. I had the most expensive lunch, and at 6.95 the crispy duck was wonderful and a bargain! The vegetables were really fresh and not overcooked. We both had pork fried rice which was good.
We thought the lunch was a pretty good bargain for $41, which included tip.
The older male chinese waiter saw that we were using chile sauce. He said that they had a "Szechuan" menu if we wanted to order from that next time.