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Mar 16

Royal Restaurant and Banquet, Westminster, CA

Royal Restaurant and Banquet, Westminster, CA. Vietnamese food, Vietnamese restaurant, Chinese restaurant, Asian restaurant, Asian food, Vietnamese Chinese restaurant, clams, pad thai, soft shell crab

This fancy Vietnamese restaurant and banquet is fairly new. Perhaps couple years old. People have wedding and other receptions here. When it’s decorated for an event, the place can look really nice and formal.

I took my parents here for dinner. We tried various dishes to get an idea of what kind of menu they have – mainly a mixture of Vietnamese, Chinese, and Thai cuisine.

Pad Thai (top left). This is obviously Thai food, and they did a pretty decent job making it. Just enough sweet and sour flavor with a touch of spicy chili.

Soft shell crab appetizer (top right). Both my mom and I like soft shell crab because it’s easy to eat. You just kind of devour everything not worrying about spitting out bones. Haha. I wish it were crunchy all-around, though. Some parts of the crab were rather soft.

Clams with basil leaves, or, in Vietnamese, “ngeu xao la que” (bottom left). It was delicious. I love clams. I don’t know why, maybe because of their chewy nature. The thing I hate about ordering clams is that you’d always have a lot of empty shells on the plate. You pick one up and you’re all disappointed because there’s nothing inside. And sometimes, some shells are all closed up. They shouldn’t even tease you like that!

Overall I recommend this place if you’re in a “fancy but not too fancy” mood and want to go out to a nice family-oriented dinner.

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