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Water Margin

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96 Golders Green Rd, London, England
(020)-8458-6140
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5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Tue 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Wed 5:15 pm - 10:30 pm
Thu 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Fri 5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Sat - Sun 12:00 pm - 11:30 pm

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Not bad

I'm an oriental and came here with a group of friends following a recommendation. Service was quick and friendly, food was fairly priced, food was OK. We had three roast meats. The char siu tasted much of soy, the belly pork was very fatty but the duck good. There was also too much sauce on it... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed April 29, 2015
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Stockport, United Kingdom
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English first
London, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
66 reviews 66 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015 NEW

Had lunch there today. It's the only place to go for Chinese, as far as I'm concerned. Excellent cooking, service and choice.

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Stockport, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015 NEW

I'm an oriental and came here with a group of friends following a recommendation. Service was quick and friendly, food was fairly priced, food was OK. We had three roast meats. The char siu tasted much of soy, the belly pork was very fatty but the duck good. There was also too much sauce on it which was pretty salty.... More 

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Hitchin, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

I've been coming here since 1987 and found it one of the best Chinese restaurants in London; the crispy pork, spinach in fermented bean curd sauce, ho fun with beef and black bean, and particularly the large portion of salt and pepper squid were staples of our family's frequent visits. The last two times we visited I ordered the large... More 

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Towcester
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67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

there are not that many Chinese restaurants in Golders Green, so I encouraged to see all the positive reviews. We booked for 7pm and the room was 2/3rds full, its a smallish, buzzy downstairs, with a upper floor, for large parties (who would make their own atmosphere). Service was competent and swift, from a very comprehensive Cantonese menu. I wished... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I go to Water Margin every few months. When I fancy a bit of Fujian fried rice and some barbequed meat I head there and am always satisfied. I must admit I have limited knowledge of the menu but the things I have tried are all good. A very decent local chinese food. The Fujian fried rice is goooood.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 via mobile

Love this place. I grew up in North London and it's always been a family favourite. My mum is Chinese and super-critical of Chinese restaurants. She'll go to specific ones for specific things - Water Margin is all about the roast duck rice and Kailan stirfried with garlic (ask for no MSG - still as good). They also do a... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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90 restaurant reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

This is a very good, no frills, good value, quality food Chinese in Golders Green which casts my mind back to the famous Chinese restaurants of the 70's and 80's in Chinatown in London's West End. It is quite large and very busy with lots of activity and atmosphere, where, after eventually getting a table (even after booking a table... More 

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London
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

I love the roasted duck, only go there for take away, been there many times, yesterday I went there around 7.30pm to buy half roasted duck, I paid £11.50, when I went home and opened it, all I saw was bone part and no leg , I didn't understand which half of duck they gave me and charged me £11.50?

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Chennai (Madras), India
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47 reviews 47 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

This was my first visit to this restaurant and I found the food really superb! One of the best Chinese food I have had in recent times. Especially you need to try out their Roasted Duck and the Prawns. A lavish dinner experience!

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London, United Kingdom
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69 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

we went along having made a Reservation which is nearly always recommended here as it is always busy (always a good sign especially a number of Chinese patrons) and were not disappointed . We decided on the Set 4 Course Menu which was excellent Value for money and for our main courses had a great Chicken dish, Duck which was... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 96 Golders Green Rd, London, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London
  • Phone Number: (020)-8458-6140

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Chinese
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Wednesday
5:15 pm - 10:30 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 11:30 pm

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