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10 reviews in English
Review from Melizza R.
- 93 friends
San Mateo, USA
You walk in, you order and food comes out. It's that lightening fast. We love going here before going to see a show at the Old or Young Vic. The servers aren't the warmest bunch but they are efficient: water is brought out, food is brought out piping hot and they ask you how your meal is.
The food is average but they get that extra star for serving me hot food fast.
Review from Joe H.
Dragged here by work colleagues for lunch in the busy lunchtime rush. One of the chaps was a regular, so no hassle in getting a table.
Large group of us and within minutes we were being pressured for drinks and server was quite short with us.
Food came out quick, but sadly, this was pretty average at best. I had high hopes given you couldnt move in the place and folk queued out the door.
Reality was quite different. Spring rolls were so dire, I actually popped it back into the napkin from my mouth. Just a mouth of hot tasteless oil.
Szchean chicken was just okay.. I've had far better at chains, so it should be better here.
So in a quick summary, it's okay, it's quick, but it ain't awesome.
You Don't Gotta Eat Here :-D
Review from Carrie F.
As an American visiting London, one of the important lessons I learned about take-away food places in the UK is that they don't really make for great dine-in experiences.
I had been in the UK for nearly two weeks at this point, and I was in the mood for some Chinese/Thai food, and this was one of the few Asian restaurants we happened upon near the area of our hotel.
I ordered the chicken curry and the dumplings. The amount of food the chicken curry meal yielded was insane--probably enough for two people. As far as the taste of the curry, I wasn't impressed. The dumplings were better than the curry, and after tasting the two, I kinda wished I had opted just for the dumplings.
Besides the food, the staff was friendly, and considering this is mostly a take-away place, the service was actually pretty good.
Review from Claire L.
- 19 friends
Culture Grub is a great place for Chinese food! Everyone assumes the best of London's Chinese cuisine is situated in Chinatown but they are wrong!
The friendly atmosphere and brilliant portions are just the tip of the iceberg. I've been in here three times now and the staff are so super nice. The food is superb, great service and authentic taste too. Good to see Chinese people eating in here too, that always reassures me I'm in a quality Chinese restaurant.
A brilliant little place to eat - tope marks!
Review from Peter H.
- 3 friends
Had the pork & chicken with 'option C' (noodles with sauce). The portion was large (for £6.50) and reasonably tasty. It came extremely quickly (didn't have enough time to read one news article!).
Not the best noodles I've had but certainly the best I've had in the area (so far) and not a bad choice for a quick meal on a Sunday afternoon. And much better for you than McDonalds...
The waitress was slightly surly with me, but think that was my fault for not noticing the umbrella stand by the entrance and leaving a trail of water... Oops.
Review from Lina G.
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Review from LeeAnn F.
- 7 friends
On a cold winter's day while battling a sinus infection, I had a craving for some spicy and warm Chinese food. Culture Grub did not disappoint. I'm not a huge white rice fan and I loved the option of having my chicken and vegetables sans sticky rice. So if your on the caveman diet, this is the place to get your Chinese fix!
Review from Qype User (Caffem…)
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- Qype User Caffem…
I'm giving 5 stars here coz' this place remind me of my first year in London. It's been a while since my last visit to this place. If i have a chance to go around waterloo im definitely give this place a visit for sure. must try restaurant
Review from Qype User (anasta…)
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- Qype User anasta…
Small Chinese place with an extremely affordable menu. The food tastes good too. The atmosphere is informal, with no more than a dozen tables. You get an occasional take away visitor. They serve traditional Chinese starters, Peking duck etc. As for the mains, you can get a huge serving of noodles for £6-£7, or similarly priced rice combo. Choose you noodle type, sauce, whether you want a soup or a stir-fry, and the meat or vegetables to go on top. With the rice dishes, you get a plate with the choice of topping (lemon chicken, beef in black bean sauce etc.). Really good value for money, as usually you need to order your main and your rice separately. The first cup of green tea is free, and about £1.50 for top-ups. They've got some quirky deserts (fried ice cream?) and freshly squeezed juices too.
Great if you are on a budget, in a hurry, or just after a hearty bowl of noodles.
Review from Qype User (Sardin…)
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- Qype User Sardin…
I am only giving this place one star for one reason. The staff have been very rude to me on several occasions. They talk loudly to each other while they are serving you. No smiles, no goodbye or thankyou (even when you say it to them) I went in oneday on my own, the place was empty, and in almost a hostile manner a waitress directed me to a single table right up the front where the two women were gossiping in a shouty way at each other inches away from my table. My table was tiny and I could have sat anywhere but was made to feel uncomfortable for being alone. This place has great food at a cheap price, so I kept going back but now I think I am just so fed up with the rudeness that I'll have to find another local. I used to think my tip was considered poor, so I increased it and they were still rude. I've seen them be polite to older men, for some reason never to me.