30 Wardour Street, Soho, London W1V 3HH
tel = 0207 437 0984 „
What a delightful experience we had in this chinese restaurant in Chinatown. After theatre we spotted this airy and nicely decorated restaurant buzzing with a mixture of hearty diners. The atmosphere is great, the staff very friendly providing excellent recommendations for our meal. They stock a range of drinks from chinese teas to great champagnes. A la carte menu offers a wide variety of classic and speciality dishes including dimsum and vegetarian options. We had Laurent Perrier Rose with their top class set dinner which included a whole fresh lobster delciously stirfried. The bill was very reasonable indeed. Overall highly recommended for very satisfying authentic chinese dining experience
I feel comfortable when I first came into this restaurant, as there are staffs to give us a wrong welcome. The design of restaurant made us feel comfortable as full of light colours, light green and gold.The food was good and there are many choices for us to choose, dim-sum, sea-food. All food was in very high standard, with good customer services. It is one of the best Chinese restaurants I have been.
This is one of the worst restaurants I have ever had the displeasure of eating in. To be fair, we did turn up near closing time, but we ordered quickly and thought we would be able to enjoy our meal at a reasonable pace. Instead, the staff stood over us like prison guards while we ate, and then cleared our plates while we were still chewing. As soon as we were finished they gave us the bill without us asking for it. To make matters worse, we were not the only people in the restaurant. There were three other tables enjoying a leisurely meal and not being hassled by rude waiters. I could understand the staff wanting to get us out if we were drunk and acting badly, but the two of us had just come out of the cinema and were stone cold sober. To be fair, when I complained to the manager he did apologise and said we could stay (which in hindsight is terrible because we were paying customers and not the last ones in the restaurant), but he then told us to come back earlier next time. I was incensed. I could also go on about the average food they served and the lack of atmosphere in the dining room, which is lit far too brightly, but that would be taking things too far ;o) I was made to feel totally unwelcome and will never grace their door again.
Gerrard's Corner is a middle-sized restaurant in Gerrard street as the name implies. This opinion is based on one visit. I will add more information as soon as I get it. ATMOSPHERE: The decor of the restaurant is quite nice (pale green). When we first went there, we saw mainly European people there, which sometimes tells about the quality of the restaurant. But not necessarily. They do not use paper napkins, but one made of cloth. The chopsticks are made of plastic. Unfortuately we were surrounded by smokers and its a little bit noisy. But still the atmosphere is ok. TOILETS: Toilets are quite average. Not very clean, not very dirty. QUALITY OF FOOD: We ordered an Aromatic Crispy Duck which was very good. They gave us 6 pancakes with it. We asked for 2 more, for which they didn't charge us extra. Jasmin tea was nice too. I had sweet/sour duck with pineapple/ginger taste. Which was a little bit unusual, according to my taiwanese wife, but my European tongue liked it. ;) PRICE: Jasmin tea cost 60p. The Crispy Aromatic Duck is 6.50 pound. They add 10% service charge. SERVICE/STAFF: The food was served quickly. But when we wanted to pay it took some while. On the whole it was not very personal but not rude like in some other restaurants. THE DAY AFTER: No problems with stomach. On the whole its worth a visit even though this is not one of my favorites. See my other opinions about China Town restaurants.