Buffet quality food, it's pretty standard but for the price, it's all you can eat and so it fills the tummy :)
Do try the steamed chicken with ginger oil.
The icing on the cake is of course, the whipped ice cream, mix it with the red bean soup, tops the meal off perfectly.
And yes, you'll be very stuffed on the way out.
Although it's more akin to a school kitchen than traditional oriental, for what you pay you're unlikely to find better value noodles, stir fry and spring rolls in town.
With an all you can eat buffet that includes main staple Chinese favourites, as well as a selection of sushi dishes (including several vegetarian options), there's no way you can walk away from The Big Wok feeling unfulfilled. There's also freshly-prepared Japanese teppanyaki available, which I'm told by those who've dined with me is very good.
In case you aren't full to bursting from the main buffet, there are also a number of dessert options on offer, including the ubiquitous chocolate fondue fountain. It's far from fine dining, but if you're in the mood for some solid buffet food, The Big Wok is hard to fault.
The food is always tasty and the selection on offer is quite impressive. The atmosphere is somewhat depressing..the chinese-style happy Birthday messages every 5 mins is initially amusing then quickly annoying.I'm convinced they play dance music to make people eat fasterthe turnaround of people makes the whole place feel like a conveyor belt!
Still, for some good Chinese food in a hurry at a cheapish price, you cant go wrong.
This place is in the Chinese Quarter. I've only been once and it was very busy and had to queue, though not for long as the place is huge. I wasn't impressed as it is fast food for students really. Not real/authentic Chinese food but the price for all you can eat sort of does give it away.
Better value places such as Café Soya or some other small eateries in the Arcadian Centre.
However, if you do like to eat different things and try new things it's not a bad place to start. As it is so busy you can be at least sure that the food hasn't been sitting around for ages.
I was a big fan of this place whilst at uni. It's open later than other local Chinese buffets which is really helpful.
It's quite hidden away but the food has been consistently good over a number of years and there's a fantastic selection of dishes.
For the amount of food you could potentially put away, I think it's fantastic value for money. Particularly good for large groups, if you want to just pile in, gorge yourselves and then leave this is the place to go!
I Have been to the Big Wok countless times and have never had to complain. The staff are friendly and the portions generous. Great Price with more than adequate food. The nature of the restaurant is all you can eat with a large variety of meals, quoted about 60 main dishes and around 70 during the evening. The food happily meets my requirements at a great price and even includes sushi for a small sum of 8.99. Or 4.99...
Open 7 days a week 11-24 h
The legendary Big Wok is cheap and cheerful, although it can seem like a school canteen! The help-yourself buffet is excellent value for money and has a great selection of 60+ dishes. Here it's all about quantity rather than quality - the food's mass-produced as you'd expect.
It's not suitable for a romantic meal but is ideal if you just want an MSG overload and to stuff yourself silly!
Worst Chinese I have ever had, truly awful. But at least its cheap...
loads to choose from and cheap but its buffet quality. Great if your hungry but it can be greasy also. Mixed feeling with this place.
I'm afraid I have to disagree with these reviews so far, as I'm not a great fan of the Big Wok.
I think you should know what to expect beofre going, it's a cheap and cheerful mass produced chinese buffet. So if you haven't eaten in three weeks this is the place for you, but if you're looking for some actual deliciuos food, it is not. If this is the case, try Chung Ying's which is round the corner (2 minute walk away), which is slightly more expensive, but not rammed full of MSG like the Big Wok counterparts.
This place is ideal for a group of lads before a night out, but not necessarily a special occasion! In the evenings it can get really busy and loud like the other reviews have said, with queues for the food, or pressure to leave your table within a certain time so that the restaurant can keep pumping more people into their converyor belt.
Because the food is very cheap, the drinks are overpriced.
I'm sorry, but you really do get what you pay for.
Great place - cheap and cheerful. Have to confess that I've only ever been here during the day (cheapest before 5.00pm) after a beer festival or pub crawl around brum. Would not come here for a special occasion as its too loud and brash, but for a mid day lunch I love it.
Lot of food but not very good
I ocassionally go there during my lunch break off work. Its has a great selection of dishes if you are interested in the buffet and they always try to keep the food warm. On the upside, the meals are quite cheap compared to other chinese restaurants. However this is only before 5pm. The prices go up after that time. On the other hand, it gets quite busy easily especially during peak hours so you might que up for a table for about 10 minutes.
Been here so many times, and have tried other chinese buffet restaurants, no one beats this place for friendly service, variety of food, best cooked food.
i love this place!! we often go here for birthdays/celebrations as its just a fab place to eat.
so much choice of so many dishes and all hot fresh and tasty.
my dad isnt even keen on chinese and he enjoyed it here!!!
location is excellent near the theatre and square.
staff are lovely and there is nothing they cant do for you.
now this is nice, different and cheap. Maybe a nice place to go on weekends- prefabably daytime!
I find that Birmingham's China town's Big Wok was a very respectable and popular place for authentic dining location for both families and casual friendly meetings. However, I think the service has gone down hill since presentable and modern Ming Moon was established around the corner not too long ago. Big Wok's restaurant is very spacious with an open view of their upstairs balcony seating area. Nonetheless, this restaurant venue is always jam packed with customers and could take up to fifteen minutes to wait for a table in which if this does happen, there is no waiting room and you're expected to stand and wait in their entrance. I find that they could change this aspect of their service and would recommend Big Wok to anyone looking for a cheap dining location. However, if you're looking for more of a modern and classier buffet to dine at I would recommend visiting Ming Moon which is around the corner.
One of the best places to eat in the daytime in birmingham. Very cheap, think its about £6 in the day now for all you can eat buffet and they do have a lot to choose from. Can be very very busy at times and people are often having to queue outside. Once inside, if they are busy then you do feel rushed to eat. The inside reminds me of a school dinner hall, not fancy or stylish but what do you expect for that price?!! On the evening they have a tapenyaki which is quite good, again lots to choose from - more so on an evening. I'd just recommend this place for daytime eating
Superb value eatery for filling yourself up. I used to go there a lot and while the food isn't authnetic at all (the noodles and rice are horrendous) I just loved the ribs. If you want authentic Chinese food don't go here but if you want to leave feeling pregnant from eating without costing a fortune this place is superb.
Generally a good selection of food both lunchtimes and evenings. Not sure about them singing happy birthday to people but they do serve tiger beer. Worth going to if you're in town and want basic stomach filling fodder. Good thing is that it's an all you can eat so if you have a chinese and are hungry half an hour later, this place is for you. Agree that it's quantity rather than quality at lunchtimes but the evening menu tends to be better.
Good value for money and a wide range of dishes. Can get very busy and lot's of hustle and bustle.
We found The Big Wok by accident - my intended venue was closed. What a stroke of luck! The Big Wok is absolutely superb value for money. We arrived about 1315 and left about 1500. Throughout, people were coming & going. Even on a Monday lunchtime, it was busy. The choice of food is not good, it is exceptional. For £5.99p it is a venue that anyone and everyone should visit. Food iwe tried ncluded superb BBQ Spare Ribs; Crispy Mongolian Lamb; Dim Sum; Crispy Fried Chicken Balls; Sweet Potato Tempura; Chow Mein; Garlic Mushrooms and Chicken Satay - and that was about 5% of what was on offer! A 250ml glass of wine was £3.50p and a large Pepsi £2.00p. Total bill under £21.00p. The staff were also superb - ever smiling - ever helpful. I will return & return & return. Big Wok is exceptional. Thank you for a superb dining experience.
rubbish food and the staff were unfriendly.. and drinks were a bit to expensive definitely not a place to eat
Big Wok is a great place to grab a bite to eat in a hurry. The buffet is extensive to say the least, probably 50 plus dishes to choose from, never had a problem with the staff , its self service so all they need to do is bring you drinks, very noisy but that kind of adds to the atmosphere, fast food done well in a busy environment, great fun with friends. This kind of food rocks IF YOUR HUNGRY!!
I have visited here loads of times and always had great food,if you want a nice romantic dinner dont bother but if you want good food at cheap prices and dont mind loud and lively then go.Staff are always courteous and will even sing happy birthday over the mike if you want (cheesy eh i love it).No complaints from me.
This restuarant is a buffett help-yourself restuarant. Its great value for money and has lots of different varieties to choose from. Its not intimate etc but for its location, dishes its fantastic on price and the kids will love it there!
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