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Inside Feature

Eat Like Royalty at Royal Palace

Story By Nicole Kato Photos By Leah Friel
March 18 - 24, 2012

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Delicious authentic Chinese food is never in short supply at Royal Palace Chinese Restaurant’s buffet in Stadium Mall, and those who enter will be greeted by large, beautifully crafted paintings, including one of the Great Wall of China.

  • Salt and Pepper Shrimp
  • Sweet and Sour Pork
  • Steamed Fish Fillet
  • Stir-fried Green Beans with Chicken
  • Royal Palace offers an extensive buffet for customers to enjoy.
  • Owner and chef Cary Lee
  • Chow Fun
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All the cooks, including owner Cary Lee, have around 40 years of cooking experience and many have worked at big Chinese restaurants throughout the state.

The buffet features 25 dishes that vary by day, but some items such as Salt and Pepper Shrimp and Cold Taro with Tapioca dessert are always part of the buffet. Other items include Crispy Chicken, house-made Jin Dui (sesame balls with rice flour and a red bean center), Sweet and Sour Pork, Steamed Fish, Cake Noodle with Gravy, Seasonal Vegetables, Chow Fun and Spring Rolls. There is always a daily soup available, and all dishes are served fresh.

The lunch buffet is priced at $10.50 and is open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily. Dinner buffet hours are from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. and cost $10.95 Monday to Friday and $11.95 Saturday, Sunday and holidays.

Besides the buffet, Royal Palace also offers sit-down special party menus for parties of 10, and prices range from $155 to $240 and allow for great variety in dish choices. There also is a party menu for six for $125.

For $155 a party of 10 will receive Scallop Soup, Roast Duck, Shrimp with Broccoli, Hong Kong Style Kau Yuk with Taro or Mui Choy or Mongolian Beef, Sweet and Sour Pork or Steamed Fish Filet, Crispy Chicken, House Special Cake Noodles and Steamed Rice.

Catering options also are available, and this is perfect for those who want to bring authentic Hong Kong-style Chinese cuisine to a family party or tailgate party at Aloha Stadium. Popular catering items include: Honey Walnut Shrimp, 60 pieces ($37); Cold Combination Platter with char siu, roast pork, roast duck, jellyfish and pigs’ feet ($45); Mongolian Beef ($37); Steamed Fish Filet ($32); Gon Lo Mein ($26); Jin Dui ($26); and Crispy Spring Rolls, 40 pieces ($30).

Lee also is known for his char siu. People go to Royal Palace from Chinatown to eat his char sui, which Lee roasts in-house using his special recipe. He also makes Roast Pork ($9.75) and Roast Duck ($13, half). All a la carte items are available for dinner.

Other items served a la carte are appetizers, soups, sizzling platters, seafood, earthen pot, Szechaun-style dishes, chicken, duck, egg, pork/beef, chop suey, gau gee/won ton, fried noodles, rice noodles and vegetarian dishes.

Royal Palace also has live seafood, clams, oysters and calamari, all of which are seasonal. The Lobster in Black Bean or Curry Sauce ($18.95) is a favorite. According to Lee, many of the seafood options pair well with the black bean sauce such as Shrimp in Black Bean Sauce ($10.50) and Clams in Black Bean Sauce ($10.50).

With so many options available from a dinner for two to a party of 10, it’s no wonder Royal Palace is the go-to place for many in the community. The friendly, helpful staff add to the family-style atmosphere that makes you feel right at home, and the extensive menu means there’s something new to try each time you go!

Royal Palace Restaurant

  • Where
    • 4510 Salt Lake Boulevard
    • Honolulu, HI 96818
    • Across from Aloha Stadium
  • Call
    • (808) 487-6662
  • Hours
    • Open Daily
    • 10:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Notes
    • Additional parking by the bridge area.