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survey result

Summary

£35
    £
3
Good
1
Poor
1
Poor
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Service is as efficient and as unfriendly as ever, and the interior has looked the same for over 20 years now” (i.e. with precious little in terms of atmosphere) at this notorious Chinatown veteran – “certainly not a place for romance”. The legendary brusque service is “an acquired taste” and all part of the fun (“was staff rudeness toned down in the past year? Not something I’m happy with!”), but what keeps this place going are the “plates heaped with tasty food for a very good price”.

Summary

£32
    £
3
Good
1
Poor
1
Poor
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Go through the doors and instantly get barked at – how many? Then, an instruction is growled: ‘Upstairs!’” The ritual of a meal at this famous Chinatown veteran, has elements of self-conscious parody (you can actually buy a T-shirt saying ‘upstairs’), but remains relatively ‘real’: a loose pact between its infamously “rude” and dismissive staff and students, theatre-goers and hungry workers in search of cheap, Chinese chow. “You are unlikely to get any smiles as you find yourself at a shared table, in a crammed-in dining area with plates piled high with deliciously smelly food being slammed onto various tables – they want you to be decisive, eat, and get out as soon as possible” – but it’s “a fantastic filler”.

Summary

£32
    £
3
Good
1
Poor
1
Poor
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Go through the doors and instantly get barked at – how many? Then, an instruction is growled: ‘Upstairs!’” The ritual of a meal at this famous Chinatown veteran, has elements of self-conscious parody (you can actually buy a T-shirt saying ‘upstairs’), but remains relatively ‘real’: a loose pact between its infamously “rude” and dismissive staff and students, theatre-goers and hungry workers in search of cheap, Chinese chow. “You are unlikely to get any smiles as you find yourself at a shared table, in a crammed-in dining area with plates piled high with deliciously smelly food being slammed onto various tables – they want you to be decisive, eat, and get out as soon as possible” – but it’s “a fantastic filler”.

Summary

£32
    £
3
Good
2
Average
1
Poor
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“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?”

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Restaurant details

No dress code
450

Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Always £9.50 £14.50

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Veggies Pudding
£5.70 £9.00 £4.00 £3.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £18.00
Filter Coffee £2.00
Extras  
Service 10.00%
41-43 Wardour St, London, W1D 6PY
Opening hours
Monday11:30 am‑11:30 pm
Tuesday11:30 am‑11:30 pm
Wednesday11:30 am‑11:30 pm
Thursday11:30 am‑11:30 pm
Friday11:30 am‑11:30 pm
Saturday11:30 am‑11:30 pm
Sunday11:30 am‑10:30 pm

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