My Favourite Restaurant: At home with friends
Wednesday 12 May 1999
When she was a child, the part-Vietnamese, part-French and part-Chinese entrepreneur ate mainly Vietnamese and French food. But she appreciates the family-style Chinese cuisine on offer at the Bayswater restaurant.
"It's the only restaurant in the world I can go to on my own," she says. Actually, she adds, she hates eating on her own, but she makes the point to emphasise how much like a second home the restaurant has become for her and how comfortable she feels there.
"I know the manager so well, and he knows me so well, that I can say I don't want anything on the menu, I want something family-style - meat or fish, vegetables and soup in the middle, the sort of food they will cook for the waiters and waitresses."
However, her tastes do go some way beyond the simple and straightforward. She loves lobster and, as she admits she "only eats nice things", she rarely sees any change from pounds 100 for a meal for two, not including drinks.
The restaurant is dark inside, with lots of glass - a little like a spaceship, says Wuillamie. She enjoys taking evening meals there and finds it suitable for quick, weekday business lunches too.
"All my business associates can eat with chopsticks," she says. "I always ask if they want a knife and fork, but they get terribly offended. The people we deal with are very sophisticated, City people."
As well as CWB, Wuillamie, a finalist in this year's Veuve Cliquot Business Woman of the Year awards, has also founded a champagne import company, and she keeps her own private reserve of champagne at the Royal China. The restaurant doesn't charge her corkage for the special privilege.
Royal China, 13 Queensway, London W2 (0171-221 2535)
- 1 If you're not already angry about the refugee crisis, here's a history lesson to remind you why you really should be
- 2 Moscow voted the world's unfriendliest city
- 3 Idris Elba is ‘too street’ to play 007, says James Bond author
- 4 Pansexual: What is it - and when did the term gain popularity?
- 5 I'm pansexual – here are the five biggest misconceptions about my sexuality
Bono's group has made more money from Facebook investment than from all his music
Miley Cyrus calls out hypocrisy of women’s nipples being taboo
Auschwitz museum defends mist showers installed during heat wave after visitor complains they are reminiscent of gas chambers
More than 11,000 Icelanders offer to house Syrian refugees to help European crisis
Nazi 'gold train': Fire engulfs suspected location of vehicle in Poland
Climate change: 2015 will be the hottest year on record 'by a mile', experts say
Jeremy Corbyn calls Osama bin Laden's killing a 'tragedy' - but was it taken out of context?
Tony Blair attacks Jeremy Corbyn's 'Alice In Wonderland' politics
Theresa May says migrants should be banned from entering the UK unless they have jobs lined up
Iain Duncan Smith 'should resign over disability benefit death figures', says Jeremy Corbyn
UN investigating British Government over human rights abuses caused by IDS welfare reforms
iJobs Money & Business
£20000 - £25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: We are a vibrant and establishe...
£15000 - £20000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: An experienced Repayments Advis...
£25000 - £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This leading provider of financ...
£20000 - £25000 per annum + competitive: SThree: Are you looking to take your ...