“ Address: Central Hall / Crescent Road / Harrogate / HG1 2WJ / North Yorkshire / England „
I think remember hearing that at some point in 2009 the ownership changed of this restaurant, and it might explain the difference in experience when I visited! It is a beautiful building - with no expense spared on returning what was a shambles to its former glory. As such it makes the experience there that bit more enjoyable because you're in such a wonderful place. Add to that the attentive service and you feel like royalty! I went here for Chinese New Year 2010, with a set menu and a full house and I have to say I was very impressed with the food. It was presented well and full of flavour, from the rice to the meats and sauces. Desserts aren't the strongest point of Chinese cuisine I would say as the mango dessert proved that my friend had, however I had the banana dumplings with banana ice cream and would highly recommend it! It is very pricey in there - it doubles as a champagne bar so you can imagine that some of the items of the drinks menu are sickeningly expensive! But there are cheaper alternatives and for the experience it is definately worth a visit. A lovely restaurant.
Well I can honestly say that you will never eat chinese food in a more stunning environment. The Royal Baths building in Harrogate is a beauty to behold and congratulations must go out to the designers who were responsible for the re-furbishment. It's quite inconspicuous from the outside and gives little hint of what awaits. I had heard that nearly a million punds had been spent on turning the old function hall into a restaurant but I had no idea it was to maintain such character. As you sit and eat you can't help but look up into the dome 70 feet above you admire the architecture.
There is a lovely mix of modern with traditional, the bar area being quite trendy and upmarket and the main restaurant being more grand and victorian.
Eating and drinking in a restaurant however isn't just about the décor and sadly this is where the Royal Baths Chinese lets itself down massively. On arrival we were shown to the bar area where I proceeded to order a pint of chinese beer for myself and a half a diet coke for my partner. The bar has no till and therefore the barman has to disappear to the other side of the restaurant to get your change. That round of drinks costs me £5.70 which in anyones book is overpriced. Nevertheless I figured that you pay for quality and hoped that the quality of the food would make up for the prices they were charging, alas I was disappointed. The food was bland and only slightly better than I would expect to get from a back street takeaway. Service however was excellent and as a one off I was very glad I went.
If I was to go out for chinese again I would defintely stick to Horoscopes in Harrogate (I'll review this shortly!)
Fine dining Chinese cuisine.