Outstanding. Gordon Ramsey certainly wasn't wrong about this place!!
Take the best Chinese you've ever had and this is 10x better. Everything tasted so fresh and well-prepared.
2 slight criticisms:
The lighting in the restaurant could have been brighter.
Staff were inexperienced and far too abundant. As a result, the formality of acts such as ostentatiously pouring wine and draping napkins across knees felt ridiculous and unnecessary.
The decor and bar are very nice however the noise in the restaurant was terrible ... Clearly the acoustics leave a lot to be desired ... Which is the same for the food! The salt and pepper ribs were fatty and insipid and the chicken curry tasteless ... Don't bother !!
We came along to try the place as it had won Gordon Ramsay's Chinese Restaurant of the year 2010.
The restaurant was quite busy, mainly because of a large party group. The overall impression is that it is over-staffed by young inexperienced staff. As a consequence basic service is very good, but if you ask a question, they have to go and get an elder to sort it out.
The menu was rather uninformative: there are only three pork main dishes for example but only one gets a description Honey Roasted Char Sui Pork served with fresh greens. We ordered Thai Style Crispy Pork (no further description). What we got was something that looked remarkably like sweet and sour pork with extra chilli.
Four of us had a selection of appetisers (Crispy Wan Ton, Seaweed, Sesame Prawn Toast, Salt & Pepper Ribs); Crispy Duck with 11 pancakes (doesn't divide by 4); Thai Style Crispy Pork, Fillet Steak Cantonese Style, Stir Fried Chicken with Black Bean sauce, Egg Fried Rice and Soft Noodles. The dishes were all tasty, but some of the vegetables were perhaps a little under-cooked: almost raw.
Again the service was good: they allowed us to change Steamed Sea Bass for Thai Style Crispy Pork, and allowed us to change the Egg Fried Rice to a mixture of rice and Soft Noodles.
The food was good, not the best Chinese I've ever had, but definitely amongst the best: my problem is the cost. I don't know if it has gone up since winning the Restaurant of the Year accolade, but it is certainly very dear now. The winning menu is available which includes a Wagyu (a.k.a. Kobe) beef dish and costs £80 per head. We chose something more modest: the above banquet for four people, a bottle of water and a relatively modest bottle of wine came to a substantial £170+ bill. Individual dishes don't seem too dear, but it all seems to add up rather alarmingly.
The restaurant has a slight night-club feel with a large bar area and strange choice of background music and a good sized car park.
Overall: a good meal, copious inexperienced staff, expensive bill.
If it was better value it would be 4*, as it is three will have to do.
Visited here recentley and found the atmosphere ok, staff were friendly. The food was what you would expect from a chinese restaraunt. The problem was it was VERY expensive for what you get. I couldve had the same dish from a takeaway for a sixth of the price, that was a bit disappointing. I wouldn't go again to be honest because it doesnt have an amazing USP that makes me want to go back and spend that sort of money.
An excellent restaurant experience. My partner and I make this our place of choice every year for our anniversary. The service is professional and friendly. The food is amazing and the venue is wonderful.
Great food would definately recommend, great night out, great atmosphere. Food is delicious
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