Mmmmmm love the place worth every penny
I'm going to have to agree with Derrick's review of Lau's. I went here for dinner, and would suggest trying a different restaurant in Chinatown if you're looking for a food fix. I know Chinese buffets are not renowned for their awesome food, but I was still anticipating a bit more.
I experienced the exact same problem when I tried to order water, and ended up getting a beer. It still blows my mind how they 'don't have water'. They have a huge buffet, which is set on 2 levels. The only thing I found really worth eating was the egg foo young. They also have a scoop it yourself ice cream bar, which was a nice touch that I wasn't expecting, but not enough to win another star.
I arrived here at 10pm on a Tuesday night. They close at 10:30. Though the place wasn't really that busy, all the workers were sitting at a table and looked at me... then at each other... as if to try and silently decide who was going to greet me.
Finally one guy did, and when he brought me a table and asked me what I wanted to drink, I politely said water. Well, they don't have water. Only bottled water. Pair the Geordie accent with a fobby Chinese one and you get a dialect that I could not comprehend. I had to ask him to repeat what he was saying when he told me that 1. they don't have water, 2. they only have bottled water, and 3. if i want still or sparkling. At the end of this conversation I can hear he was frustrated with me, as I was with him. I mean give me a break, can't you hear it in my voice? I'm surely not from around there.
Food was uninspiring. Most likely because the place was fairly empty and the food was sitting around for a while due to the lack of food turnover.
As I paid my check the same guy asked me where I was from, and when I responded America he just said, "ah, because you sound different."
Though I hadn't planned on it, I went to McDonalds afterward.
Good buffet for the price. The price varies according to the time of day and the day you go to eat. So make sure you plan it well in advance to get to eat for the cheapest.
Quite a lot of variety compared to other chinese buffet's in the area.
Cheap plentiful with a good range including prawn meals. Very busy but very big too.
At Lau's Chinese Restaurant theirs always a good range at the buffet, which is constantly topped up. Soups for starts, huge range of main courses including chips, chicken nuggets and lots of bits for picky little ones, followed by fruit or icecream, there's something for everyone. If you can get there before 4pm its only £5.50 for adults and £2.99 for children which is great value, drinks not included. This is great for anyone who has a child who doesn't like to sit still for too long, they get to move around, look and try lots of different foods, and help themselves to icecream. It's a really affordable treat for the family, however not recommended for romance! Prices go up slightly over the evening. Chopsticks available.
This place is often busy but you will usually get seated straight away. The food is cheap but really good they do a wide wariety of meals with something for everyone It can be a litle more expensive in the afternoon when they bring the duck out. It has a great variety of food It has food that is as good as your local takeaway but you can get as much as you. As well as soup to start with there are puddings such as ice cream, fritters and jelly. It is probably the best all you can eat buffet in town
I personally have never had any problems with the staff here. I've been a few times and each time I've had to wait to be seated due to queues. I always expect that anyway at Lau's.
To me, and my family, we have always enjoyed out meals there. Maybes not top notch cuisine, but still very tasty. Loads of choice as well. Just don't fall into the trap of bulking up on rice so you end up too full for anything else.
This place is great value for money on it's 'all you can eat' - good quality food HOWEVER I've been in a few times recently, and half the customers in there were younger than me (and I'm 19). This wasn't a problem for me, but if you're looking for a quiet buffet lunch, I'd suggest somewhere else in Chinatown.
Lau's Chinese Buffet is my favourite chinese in Newcastle. It's situated in China Town which is on Stowell street right at the end. The food and price is excellent as is the service. Don't be put off by the cafe style set up, it really is excellent compared to the more expensive restaurants in china town. The food always looks delicious and it tastes even better. It's always busy but it is still very family orientated.
Fabulous Chinese Buffet From only £5.50 each! and you can eat as much as you like. There is so much to choose from, everything from salads, soups, king ribs, sticky chicken, rices noodles. Main courses dishes, starters right through to fresh fruit and puddings, You name it, it seems to be available and the service is friendly, and efficient, you can relax and you are not rushed. Well worth a try
Lau's is one of the better chinese buffet's around and this is made obvious by the often large queues running out of the door. It offer's different dishes and different priced buffet's throughout the day with evening being the most expensive however it includes dishes of King Prawn and crispy aromatic duck during the more expensive times. (which are still under a tenner)
This is one of the best all you can eat chinese buffets in newcastle. Its still a good price for what you get and the food is loveley. The resturant itsself is more like a cafe, so dnt expect fancy suroundings. The staff are very quick and clear your plates away as soon as you have your last mouthfull. If you go on a evening they bring a plate of duck with pancakes to your table which is very nicely cooked. They sometimes have offers on drinke eg 2for1 bottles of stella. There's limied parking on the road outside but the gate across the road has a car park.
not for me! Much better places in Newcastle.
I don't understand how this place is so popular, at busy periods I have been on stowell street and seen the queue all the way down the road..thinking it must be pretty good I made a plan to go there the following week.
I went on a not so busy Wednesday evening, food was lukewarm, nothing was marinated properly, rice was dry as anything, other dishes watery, some dishes swimming in a sticky sauce when it should be marinated. Quite frankly it was disgusting it just had no taste whatsoever. I go to plenty of other buffets & restaurants but this was just bad!! I would never recommend it.
Tables & Chairs are basic, think cafe. There were two tramps in the restaurant eating and stinking of BO, that should tell you something. Along with the chavs the whole place just screams cheap, chatty and best be avoided. I walked out, you can forget "all you can eat!" I would never step foot in here again.
Lau's used to be a first class Chinese buffet in Newcastle, however the fame has gotten the better of it, and it is now very difficult to get into and is starting to look a little run down. The food is without a doubt the best buffet in Newcastle, with a huge choice of meats and veggies, as well as noodles, rice, soup and a few battered pieces of fruit and ice-cream. There is also a few English dishes such as chips, plain chicken balls and fish fingers for the kids. Lau's has the appearance of a canteen or café, and is just as busy on a lunchtime as an evening. The atmosphere is great and the staff are friendly.
I went through a phase of eating in 'All you can eat's and this was by far the best in Newcastle. There is plenty to choose from and the food is of good standard. I don't recommend this place at busy times and especially not school holidays. I remember being there and thinking, 'This place is like Butlins', with the screaming kids and greaseballs who have blatantly not washed their hands before picking up those tongs. I'm giving three stars because although it's not somewhere I'd choose to eat (unless someone was paying), I think it's great value for money and the staff are nice. Located in China town, it's a ten minute walk from the Haymarket bus station.
This all you can eat chinese restaurant is also located in china town part of newcastle. It is in stowel street behind the Gate entertainment centre. The taste is not really as good as the taste in no 1 oriental buffet. But, It is £1 cheaper. It is slightly smaller than no 1 oriental buffet. The queues are incredibly longer than the queues in no 1 oriental buffet, maybe because it is £1 cheaper, and maybe the cheapest chinese buffet restaurant in that stowel street. However, if you like seafood, There is not much seafood in this restaurant. It has lots of variety of chinese food as well, but not as many as no 1 oriental buffet.
Lau's is the best buffet in Newcastle's China town, however the news that it is such high quality is spreading, and it's getting increasingly difficult to walk in and get a table. Food is reasonably priced and it is 'all you can eat'. Students tend to take over when they first get their loans, but by the end of term time it is a much more family-friendly atmosphere.
An all you can eat chinese restaurant in China Town just in front of St. James Park. They have loads of different dishes in here and they have seaweed which is the best chinese food ever. Also its pretty cheap and all of its really tasty.
been here a few times, great value for money , but very bland and very dirty. last time i was there people were coughing over the food and they didnt do anything. they left the kitchen door open and i nearly fainted. VERY DIRTY, i will never go back. service is crap also.
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