Harden's survey result
“Always an experience… so long as you are prepared for shared tables and bordering-on-rude staff” – this “functional” multi-storey Chinatown canteen “is the perfect place for a quick, filling, tasty meal amidst a chaotic, bustling backdrop” and as you can get “unlimited free tea” and “a massive plate of food for under a tenner – you can’t go wrong!” “OK, it’s not for the lingering, romantic tete-a-tete… so what?”
“Service atrocious, ambience zero… but you can’t beat their steaming bowls with change from £10 in central London!” This famous – and famously rude – multi-storey canteen in Chinatown “goes from strength to strength” thanks to its “ultra-cheap”, and “incredibly reliable” chow. Abuse from the staff is so institutionalised “you can even buy a T-shirt with ‘upstairs, downstairs’ which is what they bark at you when you enter”, but in recent years some regulars claim the treatment here is “more polite than in the past”.
For a “cheap if not so cheerful” chow in Chinatown, this “solid and consistent” multi-storey canteen of decades standing “is the daddy of them all”. But while it’s known for its “famously abrupt” staff, reporters feel they’ve lightened up under the new management of the last couple of years.
“You can even now buy a T-shirt saying ‘upstairs’!” (the famous rude bark of the waiters to non-Oriental guests) at this Chinatown landmark; under new management of late, service is “more polite than in the old days”, but the décor still looks like “it really needs an overhaul” and – though “unbeatably cheap” – “you still come here to eat and go”.
|Wine per bottle||£13.00|
41-43 Wardour St, London, W1D 6PY
|Monday||11:30 am-11:30 pm|
|Tuesday||11:30 am-11:30 pm|
|Wednesday||11:30 am-11:30 pm|
|Thursday||11:30 am-11:30 pm|
|Friday||11:30 am-11:30 pm|
|Saturday||11:30 am-11:30 pm|
|Sunday||11:30 am-10:30 pm|