“ Address: The Corner House / Burton Street / Nottingham / NG1 4DB / Tel: 0115 950 1373 „
I generally enjoyed my meal at the flaming dragon, and I have many good things to say about them, but let me first of all get the bad things out the way. First of all if you finish before 5:30PM you get the lunchtime meal price, yet when leaving at 5:29 they say I am minutes late, and it now counts as the full dinner time price. You have to get out there pretty quick to get the Lunchtime price, and I recommend leaving at 5:25 to avoid confrontation about this.
The second issue is the range of rice and noodle dishes, there is only egg fried rice at the lunchtime meal and standard tepenyaki noodles avaliable too. These are the only two faults I can think of. The restraunt has a great atmosphere, decorated with Chinese items but not too in your face. They have a deserts corner with ice cream and fruit, and some nice Chinese style decorations to make them look more enticing.
There is a tepenyaki table which will cook things for you in front of you, no need to go back to your table and wait for them to bring it over. The buffet has a wide range of different meats and whilst some are a little fatty, they do have plenty of them. The trays are large but the plates are small to make it look like you have eaten a lot.
The staff are very friendly and as with any restraunt come over to you, and in my experience are very friendly and talkative. They speak to each other in Chinese but their English is very good when dealing with customers. When it comes to pay you head over to the counter and oay for the meal yourself, you don't ask for the bill. They accept most cards.
It's a very clean place with no food spillage, no dirty tables (they are cleaned as soon as you leave) and you can always get more napkins, knives forks etc from the buffet cart. Overall it's a great experience and believe me great food but I wish they had more rish dishes and wern't so strict on the timing of the lunch time meal.
The Flaming Dragon is set in a ideal location, right in the heart of Nottingham City Centre and easily accessible by Bus, Tram, Train or Car as there is a car park less than 2 minutes away.
To enter the restauarant first you must go into the 'CINEWORLD' complex which is located opposite Nottingham Theatre Royal. It is on the 2nd floor which can be reached by escalator or lift.
As you enter the restaurant you will be greeted by the friendly staff and asked to take a seat in the waiting area while they get somebody to take you to your table. They will ask you how many members in your party there is and make sure you are all seated together.
When you are seated the waiter will give you a few minutes to peruse the drinks menu before he takes your order, once drink orders are taken the waiter will invite you to help yourself to the buffet.
There is a wide selection of food and sweets including, Prawn Toast, Vegetable Spring Rolls, Crispy Seaweed, Spare Ribs in Capital Sauce, Prawn Crackers, Chicken and Sweetcorn Soup, Shredded Crispy Duck & Chicken with Pancakes and Plum Sauce, Sweet and Sour Chicken/Pork, Vegetarian Fried Noodles, Rice, Chips, and curries.
The waiters do not rush you and you can spend time leisurely trying all the dishes and going back as many times as you like.
As well as the buffet they offer a TEPPANYAKI section where you pick your own raw ingredients and watch as the chef cooks them for you.
The prices are as follows:
£7.50 all day Sunday
£6.75 Mon-Thurs 12-5pm
£11.00 Mon-Thurs 5-11pm
£7.00 Fri-Sat 12-5pm
£12.00 Fri-Sat 5-12am
(correct as of 12.08.11)
Flaming Dragon is a friendly place and if i had guests staying from outside of Nottingham I would not hestitate to take them here!
My family and I are always looking for places where we can eat well on a budget in the city centre . Recently , after a trip to the cinema we decided to try out Flaming Dragon, which was conveniently located directly opposite the cinema exit in the Cornerhouse Complex.
Essentially, it's an all you can eat Chinese buffet, with prices for adults being £6 at lunchtime and £11 for an evening meal . Children eat for £4 at any time . We visited on a saturday evening, and the place was actually pretty packed, so we were asked to wait on the sofas until they found us a table. This was easier said than done, with the sofa already occupied by another group waiting . The queue was also growing out of the door, and we were standing about for some 20 minutes waiting for a table . Whilst we didn't mind waiting to be seated, it would have been nice to have perhaps been offered a drink as we waited, and I do think the restaurant could benefit from a larger area for people to wait .
Whilst I was waiting to eat, I got a good look at the decoration. At the entrance was a rather shabby tiled pool containing several large carp, which kept my six year old daughter interested . To one side of the restaurant was a tiny bar area, and a small section where the chefs cooked up stir fries and special dishes, which the waiters then offered around the tables . Most of the décor was very red, with plenty of chinese lucky cats figures, although the chairs I have to say were a bit cheap and uncomfortable . When we finally got seated, our drinks order was taken . The range of drinks was not too impressive,but at least they all seemed to be fairly reasonably priced, with most pints around the £2.50 mark .
The buffet is split into sections,with starters, mains, sides, and desserts. I don't really break my meal into courses when I eat from a buffet, I just grab a little bit of everything that takes my fancy . I have to say, that whilst on first impression they seemed to have a good range of dishes, many of them were in shallow metal containers within a heater, and looked a little bit dried out. It didn't look particulary fresh or appetising, but I was hungry, so I filled my plate .
Personally, I don't think there were any particularly unusual dishes here - most of them were the takeaway menu standards - sweet and sours, black bean dishes, duck and pancakes. They did seem to have a fairly decent vegetarian selection .There were also quite a few dishes that for me didn't fit in with the 'Chinese' theme - sausages, curry samosa, and the ever present chips . I did try a fair variety of dishes, and found many of them rather bland and also most of them were more lukewarm than hot .
I did see dishes replenished a couple of times - this consisted of the chef bringing out the new pot of the dish, then piling the older one on top of the new one before slotting the new one into the heater . This may be some kind of attempt at stock rotation, but it doesn't work for me, as customers are just going to mix up the dish anyway. It left me with even bigger doubts about the freshness of the food .
I did have a look at the dessert section, but there was nothing there that particularly appealed to me - they had ice cream, jelly, trifle, and various cheesecakes, but nothing that looked particularly nice .
The staff, to give them credit, all seemed to be working incredibly hard to keep on top of the busy service, constantly cleaning, and very attentive when we needed our drinks refilled . The toilets, or at least the ladies, were clean but basic .
Our bill, for an evening meal for 3 adults and one child came to £42 which wasn't too bad. However, I don't think we will be returning again .Although it was reasonably priced, the food was at best average and lukewarm, and I am a little concerned by the way they replenish the food .
Overall, only 3 stars . Very average, and slightly worrying .