The lunchtime population at this improbably large and grand new Elephant & Castle Chinese seemed a fair reflection of the prevailing local mix – half black and half oriental (plus the Harden table...
Press Reviews (1)
Matthew Norman (10th November 2008)
“[I]t's a shock to walk through a door on such a gruesome main road and be greeted by a gently splashing fountain, and to find an ocular feast of red paper dragons, tassel-strewn lanterns and golden chandeliers so luminescently vulgar, they'd be asked to leave a Las Vegas casino on grounds of taste.” Music at this Elephant & Castle Chinese is “plinky-plonky” too, but the biggest problem seems to be that the service “lacked warmth and charm”: although the critic’s party “liked many of the dishes, it never quite blew the irritants away”. He eventually leaves “too crushed by the forces of political correctness gone mad to raise the obvious question as to why potentially outstanding Chinese restaurants so often damage themselves with the chilling froideur of their service”. And this in the Guardian too!