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December 2022: a report in the Manchester Evening News suggests that the Yeung family are looking into ways to re-open, less than a year after closing.

survey result

Summary

£54
   ££
4
Very Good
2
Average
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“One of the grand dames of the Manchester restaurant scene” – the Yeung family’s famous Chinatown destination is no longer the city’s pre-eminent restaurant as it was for decades, but no-one has a bad word to say about the place and for lovers of Chinese cuisine it’s “still the best” (“no contest and I’ve eaten in Hong Kong”). In particular it’s a “preferred choice for dim sum, as there is a quality and refinement to the dishes – particularly the more dumpling-y ones – that far exceeds the competition”.

Summary

£44
    £
4
Very Good
2
Average
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Still smashing it after all these years: there’s no better dim sum to be had in MCR” – that’s the view, particularly of some of our most consistent reporters, on Harry & Bonnie Yeung’s famous Chinatown destination: they say it’s still “on balance probably the best up-market Chinese restaurant in the north of England and deservedly popular for its dim sum and banquets”. And “closer to its roots than Manchester’s other ‘high end’ oriental places – cheaper Chinatown eating houses come close to equalling it, but lack its long-term consistency”. So to such supporters “it’s a mystery why it seems more quiet nowadays when in the past, you had to queue down the stairs”. But undoubtedly it takes more flak these days, from some who comment on its “faded glory” and “rather flat and dull” dishes – negative feedback that pulls it down from the 5/5 food rating that it enjoyed for so long. But we will leave the last word to a lifelong regular: “I have been eating the Yeung family’s cooking since they worked for Charlie Chan at the ‘San Ho’ and while there have been highs, even higher highs, and one or two meals that were merely above-average, I cannot remember anything that was disappointing over the years, except as judged by the very highest standards”. Top Menu Tip – “shredded mooli pastries have the lightest flakiest pastry I've ever come across, and how they get such flavour out of mooli is verging on the alchemical”.

Summary

£44
    £
4
Very Good
2
Average
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Still smashing it after all these years: there’s no better dim sum to be had in MCR” – that’s the view, particularly of some of our most consistent reporters, on Harry & Bonnie Yeung’s famous Chinatown destination: they say it’s still “on balance probably the best up-market Chinese restaurant in the north of England and deservedly popular for its dim sum and banquets”. And “closer to its roots than Manchester’s other ‘high end’ oriental places – cheaper Chinatown eating houses come close to equalling it, but lack its long-term consistency”. So to such supporters “it’s a mystery why it seems more quiet nowadays when in the past, you had to queue down the stairs”. But undoubtedly it takes more flak these days, from some who comment on its “faded glory” and “rather flat and dull” dishes – negative feedback that pulls it down from the 5/5 food rating that it enjoyed for so long. But we will leave the last word to a lifelong regular: “I have been eating the Yeung family’s cooking since they worked for Charlie Chan at the ‘San Ho’ and while there have been highs, even higher highs, and one or two meals that were merely above-average, I cannot remember anything that was disappointing over the years, except as judged by the very highest standards”. Top Menu Tip – “shredded mooli pastries have the lightest flakiest pastry I’ve ever come across, and how they get such flavour out of mooli is verging on the alchemical”.

Summary

£42
    £
4
Very Good
2
Average
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Many of Manchester’s most discerning foodies “still reckon this is the best Chinese in town”, but Harry & Bonnie Yeung’s famous Chinatown destination suffers from bouts of “inconsistency” nowadays. Some reporters have experienced this up-and-down quality first hand (“can be very good, but can also be like a bog-standard takeaway”). Some just sense it (“I personally have had very few even slightly disappointing meals here, but you do hear a few too many reports of unsatisfactory visits to recommend it with absolute confidence”). But actually most feedback is still just unconditionally in favour of its cuisine (“still the best…”, “back on top form…”, “an old favourite that never fails…”) even if there’s an acknowledgement that when it comes to the setting, “it seems nowhere near as busy as it used to be, so, certainly at dim sum times it lacks the buzzy atmosphere it used to have”. A fair final summary from one aficionado runs as follows: “I do know that Yang Sing is much better than its critics make out. It strikes a better balance between serving authentic Chinese food and catering to English tastes than its local competitors; and while it is more expensive than some the food is in my experience still worth it”.

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Restaurant details

Highchair,Portions
150, 230
No dress code
265

Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Dinner   £30.00

Starter Main Veggies Pudding
£3.50 £25.30 £10.00 £4.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £20.00
Filter Coffee £2.00
Extras  
Service 10.00%
34 Princess Street, Manchester, M1 4JY
Opening hours
Monday12 pm‑9:30 pm
Tuesday12 pm‑9:30 pm
Wednesday12 pm‑9:30 pm
Thursday12 pm‑9:30 pm
Friday12 pm‑9:30 pm
Saturday12 pm‑9:30 pm
Sunday12 pm‑9:30 pm

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