One of a few lovely little hole-in-the-wall Chinese restaurants just off of Chinatown proper, in the Arcadian, New Sum Ye is a great place to stop off after shopping or before a show, if you don't want to spend a fortune.
My husband, stepson and I all ate out there for £20, and we were stuffed to the gills. I can recommend, without any reserve, the Cantonese Curry, Beef with Black Bean Sauce and Chicken Satay. Good god, how tasty is this food.
New Sum Ye specialises in Hong Kong style Cantonese food, but also serves Pan-Asian cuisine, such as Vietnamese and Korean (haven't tried the kimchee yet).
The service is typical of most Chinese restaurants - reserved and terse, without being rude. They serve no alcohol, so get your drink on elsewhere, you barbarian.
They have a few desserts, but as Chinese culture isn't big on sweets, it's mostly of the fruit variety.
The main attraction of New Sum Ye is for groups -- they have incredibly good value set menus for groups starting at 6 and going up to 18.
For cheap, cheerful Chinese in a clean and tidy environment, you couldn't do better than New Sum Ye.
I think I was in some kind of Cafe Soya fake meat haze when I went here. I'd convinced myself that if Cafe Soya did fake meat, then every Chinese in the area would also do such similar things. I think I'd even convinced myself their menu said something about fake chicken. So when I went in and asked about their fake chicken, the lady on the counter looked very confused and there was a drawn out conversation where we both repeated ourselves a couple of times, until it became evident that I am an idiot and NO they do real meat not fake.
Good job their noodles were pretty tasty nonetheless - and quick too! Sad there's no fake meat, but that's what I go to Cafe Soya for.
Cheap! Great offers and nice food. The staff are helpful and accommodating to specific dietary requests.
Delicious authentic food in huge portions, served quickly. Served without a smile unfortunately, as is often the case in proper Chinese restaurants, but that didn't detract from what was a great feast.
Sum Ye is one of the places I return to again and again. It has a certain quality to it that mesmerizes me. Having lived all over the world, it gives me a feeling of being at peace and of being home in a place that still feels foreign to me. People coming here for Chinese food will either love this place (like I do) or hate it (one person I brought here to eat with me actually insisted we leave before we even had a chance to order). Come here if you are after REAL Chinese food and are prepared to put up with a very busy atmosphere and some rather down-to-business waitresses. They are not really unfriendly. But don't expect to get a smile from them while you are trying to substitute the duck in your order for chicken or equivalent. But for one, I just love the hustling and bustling atmosphere of this place. It's mostly packed and full of kitchen noises and chatter and you can hear them chopping away on the roast ducks. And oh the food! Do NOT order sweet and sour chicken. If you do, you've entirely missed the point in coming here. Order roast duck with pancakes, won ton soup, spicy fish soup (if you have a high tolerance for spicy food) or three meat roast. Anything really that's not covered in some generic sticky sauce is delicious. And they have an extensive list of very cheap lunch offers (drink+main+dessert) posted by the door. But bring cash, it's cash only.
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