I'm gonna go against the grain on this one and give Mr. Wu 3 Stars. Sorry Lizzie.
I'm a novice at Chinese food and all you can eat is usually for drunk nights or mornings) out.
It was more money that the other buffets in China Town and it looked like locals were there. I figured "what the hell".
The selection was good. The food was hot. Everything tasted pretty darn good.
As a foody, I worry about getting to wound up with the fine details of eating. But hey, for £8.95 for all I can eat duck, lets call a spade a spade.
It was good, cheap, clean and fast.
I will go back. Perhaps even sober.
Its amazing how few cheap buffets there are in London. The food is all bad. For 5 quid I don't think its fair to expect much better unlimited food. Pork balls were like rocks.
The only reason I'd give it any stars at all is the price. I can see the logic in having dirt cheap food. I am just more discerning now.
Ate here after a long day of sight seeing. We were drawn in by the price-5.5 pounds. We should've kept walking. The food was terrible. Too salty. Food seemed old. Soup was just hot water with bean sprout and mushrooms. Good thing we didn't get sick.
Continuing my theme of fast cheap eats this evening, Mr Wu is part of a disturbing trend in Chinatown of pile 'em high buffets. Judging from the proliferation of these places and the long queues snaking out of them, customers are being drawn in on the basis of price
To be fair, the idea of eating as much as you can for as little as you can pay is very appealing. The choice of dishes is also cleverly chosen - while limited, it probably covers the few dishes which most westerners would order.
However, expect gloopy, over sweet sauces, MSG loaded savoury dishes (the thirst after the meal is the clue) and over dry crispy dishes.
I would highly recommend that you take yourself round to corner to somewhere like Wan Chai Corner where you can have a main dish for one person for around £4 at lunchtime and £5-6 at dinner, which is much better value for money at not much more cost
Mr. Wu's is a pretty standard chinese eatery.
They offer a buffet selection for under a fiver which is probably best eaten while intoxicated...i must say i enjoyed it immensely, i think.
There is many a greasy delight to choose from and on my visit i'm sure i ate pidgeon, or was it rat!?
All together now MMMMSG!
The friendly man greeting people resembled someone I knew so I entered with a good feeling. You could also see a lot of people inside through the window so we assumed this restaurant would be okay. The buffet food is really terrible, though--poor variety, little taste, and unhealthy dishes. We also had to carry our food to the second floor up a narrow flight of stairs. The restroom in the basement was so horrible that you should probably not use it.
Not-so-negative aspects of this restaurant were the staff was polite and I did not get sick from eating there. Despite being hungry, we ended up eating very little there because the food was so unappetizing. This restaurant is super cheap for a reason. Even if you are skint, avoid this place.
Should be zero stars. RUN far away.
Is this place still really around? I have a picture of the ol' original from 1997 up near Bayswater and it was the FIRST place we ventured after hours of traveling. Looking for a nice, hot, fresh meal. Figured, chinese, no worries right? Buffet? Easy - NO it was Shite.
I'd review what I had that but I"m bloody not sure WHAT it was I had. awful, barely edible, I can still SMELL the godawful stench.
14 years later I come back to do a query and notice there is still "a" Mr. Wu. The location might have changed, the decor might be newer, but I know a rat when i see one (and hell, you'll prob eat one here too).
Stay far far away. Go find Wagamama.
DONT DO IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
As an American, I felt that everything was more expensive in London therefore I tried to find cheap eats while strolling in Chinatown. Yeah, it's only five pounds... But it's shit. It's deep fried shit , steamed shit, stir fried shit and just shit shit shit. Sorry, no offense to the owner but it's just the only way to describe it. Go elsewhere and pay about four pounds for decent, edible food.
Mr. Wu number two. It's like the James Bond's evil villian's sidekick. As a buddie of the original, that closed down a while ago, you would have thought the Wu family had learnt and improved their food. Even if it means putting the price up by a few pounds.
If you haven't already figured out - don't go here. Not if you want to enjoy your food rather than just filling your belly.
All-you-can-eat Chinese buffet in Soho. About 10 tables downstairs, as many again upstairs, plain white rooms with simple chairs.
£4.95 all the time, and you definitely get what you pay for. If you're keen for some delicate flavourings, careful presentation, or lush surroundings, keep on' walkin'. If you're starving and need to stuff your gut with friend chicken wings, noodles in sauce, and greasy spring rolls, you're not going to get it for cheaper.
Very basic but good
All you can eat
Right in the central of London
If your after a cheap eat, go here
I always believe that the sign of a good Chinese restaurant/buffet/all you can eat is that it is frequented by Chinese people. Mr Wu's is one of these places. The food appears authentic, and although quite basic, is very tasty with lots of choice. There are dozens of more expensive chinese restaurants in the area where the food is better but then again you get what you pay for.
I can't understand why some people have quoted it costing them £8.50/person as it quite clearly states on the window £4.95 all you can eat. Its not really important that the service is poor (they don't charge for it), it doesn't really matter that they only clean the tables with tap water as you eat off plates which are hot when you take them out of the plate warmer, and the tables are far cleaner than most fast food establishments.
It would be nice to get a smile out of the staff, other than when you are leaving, and it would be nice to be able to finish your meal before they drop the bill on your table as they are walking past, it would also be nice to be asked if you would like a drink when you sit down and not to have to chase a member of staff (although contrary to above comments, 2 people on our table were served tap water). Its fast and furious, get in eat your fill and leave, so who really cares that the service is not that great, you are not there long enough to worry about it and the most important element to any restaurant, THE FOOD, is excellent (and it is only £4.95).
Mr Wu is an authentic, but basic chinese buffet restaurant. Very fairly priced for such a central location (just off London's China Town), the restaurant can seat approximately 30 people upstairs and 100 downstairs. The place is clean, and well staffed, however the staff are not all friendly or particularly English speaking. Forks and spoons are provided as standard alongside chopsticks.
The food is kept warm and replaced often. Food highlights include the broccoli and cabbage stirfry, belly of pork, duck and lemon chicken. There are several varieties of rice and noodles, prawn crackers, spring rolls and seaweed as you'd expect. Fruit is available for desert.
A MAJOR downside to Mr Wu's is the drinks choices. They refuse point blank to serve free tap water, and soft drinks / bottled water are below par with regards to quality (and overpriced).
The cheapest Chinese buffet in town. Sometimes good, but not a lot of choice. Have enjoyed meals here previously, but today was a disappointment.
They don't leave a lot of room for moving around and the tables are too close together.
Service is......well, it's a cheap buffet! You don't need to ask for your bill, it's plonked on your table as soon as you get your first platefull. Pay on the way out.
If you want a good, cheap Chinese meal, pop round the corner to the noodle bar in Leicester Square.
EVERYTIME...I fall for this place everytime coz its cheap and i go when i'm STARVING. and yes its not like you breal the bank when you go but I always regret it!! but hey, if your hungry the rice is pretty good!! as is the cabbage!!
God i hate chinese buffets in Chinatown!!! Particularly this one which is rubbish! £5 per person? by the time you pay at the till they add the tip on the bill when no one even served me! i had to go and fill my plate by myself and i have to pay extra for service? Food is Shiite and the service too ( if any). i guess if you are drunk and hungry this could be your place.
This buffet is a quick and cheap meal if you're in the heart of the theatre district and looking to eat in a hurry before a performance. The food is edible, but it's a far cry from gourmet - or even very good - Chinese food. I suggest you wait until you have time to dine at leisure and wander through nearby Chinatown, where any place you select will be better than this.
got to be the cheapest place to eat in London. £4.95 all you can eat buffet every day. Not great choice on the buffet but its all good quality. No draught beer, only bottles. Very small place so it is cramped but if your just after somewhere to eat and cheaply then this is the place for you.
Eat as much as you can is one of my favourite type of restaurant.
Mr Wu offers quite a lot of type of Chinese dishes, from fired noodles / rice to roast chicken / duck. Their filling rate is quite fast, I seldom encounter the situation that the dishes are running out for a long time without refill.
Apart from the traditional Chinese dishes, they also offer paella and fires.
They also have a large variety of dessert to choose from.
Mr Wu borders on the Curates egg syndrome (without reference to food hygiene): the intention is good but the staffing, and service really let it down.
It is encouraging to see more buffet style, hassle free, restaurants offering good food - particularly in 'China Town' where the quality is surprisingly variable. However, once you are ushered away into a dark corner (literally) away from view, the staff will seldom pay you any attention unless they feel they can flog off another exorbitantly priced beer or (suspiciously watery) soft drink.
The food does taste good, and is impressively varied, although at times it is depressingly salty, which reveals the main intention of the place which is just to extract as much money out of you as possible. In it's defence, the quality of the food (esp. meat) does not raise too many questions, unlike many other 'restaurants' operating in the area. In order to exploit maximum profit, the meat is sparse and generously supplemented with vegetables, (and frequently, salt and MSG); however on a good day the proportions can be fine. Most importantly, one does not get the impression that there shall be any imminent health and safety scares, or at least we hope not.
I hope other quality restaurants spring up in China Town, especially those competitive in price, high in hygiene, and with healthier food and friendly service. Until then, if you're on a budget, just bite your tongue, go to Mr Wu's then to a bar elsewhere for more reasonably priced drinks and better service.
They won't give you tap water! WTF?
Absolutely fabulous! Ok, the food may not win a Michelin star, but it's filling, well presented, and more than you would normaly expect from a Chinese buffet. Really accomodating staff (were more than hapy to put two tables together for us), but they do aim for the quick turnarround. And the price is fantastic. Impossible to miss as you walk past, with the large red letters - definitely worth a visit - if you can get in!
Mr. Wu was one off the "higher priced" all you can eat Restaurants in Chinatown. We ate for 8,50 Pound per person. The food was very basic and the choice of sauces very poor. I am a big fan of chinese food and I think that the cheaper restaurants (especially the one with 5 Pound per person) can have the same quality. I don't see the reason of the higher price.
My friend and i try to visit at least once a month and are never let down. the price is very reasonable for the variety and quality and our favourite dish is the beef and carrot though on our last visit this was not available. let's hope they have not taken it off the menu. the drinks aren't as sophisticated as most restaurants but to be honest you are not there for the drinks.
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