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“lacks atmosphere” 3 of 5 stars
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Oriental Buffet Restaurant
Unit1, Hengrove Leisure Park | Whitchurch, Bristol, England
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Cuisines: Chinese
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Description: Tel: 01275-838801. Fax 01275-837088. Good quality Oriental Buffet. East as much as you like for GBP6.99 at lunchtime and GBP11.99 in th evenings. Excellent value for money.
Norwich, United Kingdom
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“lacks atmosphere”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2012

As we were the only two in the restaurant towards the end of the evening it lacked feeling! Staff were good, very helpful - just felt like we were keeping them away from their Families

Visited June 2012
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Date | Rating
  • English first
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English first
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Ok for a nosh up!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2012

We have been here a few times now. It does what it says on the tin really - its a nosh up of quantity rather than quality Chinese food!

Food:
The starters are much the same as other chinese buffets - cooked from frozen spring rolls and chips, plus other bits like chicken balls and seaweed. The mains seem to vary, but they do well by putting out smaller amounts and replacing it as and when needed with fresh stuff. They do duck and lamb crispy pancakes, which are really nice, and I enjoyed the crispy chilli beef. The tepanyaki counter is pretty much always empty of customers when we have been there. The deserts are basic and slightly odd, but I go for chinese, not cubes of jelly arranged on a baking tray!

Staff:
Staff are friendly, but at times when it is quiet, they are circling like sharks, waiting to take your plate away. I agree with seagull_MC in so far as they like to put everyone bunched together when there are huge gaps of free tables. I guess to make it more efficient for them clearing the plates. When they did this last, I just suggested another table, and they gladly sat us there instead.

Atmosphere:
They really need to revise their idea of background music. The same CD is always on - one of those awful collections of pan piped versions of pop songs (Celine Dion etc on the pan pipes!). It gets very boring an irritating when it is on over and over in a loop!

Overall, this is a reasonably good value place to fill your belly, but with some improvements it could be a lot better and would be able to compete with the larger places in the city centre that offer a similar thing.

  • Visited June 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Competent all you eat Chinese buffet”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2012

Nothing special, but always reliable. Lacks atmosphere as just one large room. Slightly eractic seating policy as will often seat you near other diners even though large spaces elsewhere. Large range of starters and main. Never had any bad food from here. Attentive staff, sometimes too attentive as they take away dirty plates.

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Tiny table, poor quality food, but cheap eat”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2011

The food here really was unimpressive, but as an all you can eat place you never expect it to be great. There was a large choice of food, but so much was greasy or sugary there was very little that was appetising. The teppanyaki was bland and disappointing. Our table was wobbly and very small.

  • Visited May 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Keynsham, United Kingdom
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Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Good Choice of Good Food, Sensibly priced. excellent service.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2011

Visited at lunchtime when the oriental food buffet is currently GBP 6.99 and you can help yourself to as much starters, main course and dessert as you like. A wide selection of dishes are cooked frequently throughout the lunchtime to ensure that is is fresh and keeps hot. The waiter and waitress offer swift and quietly efficient service for drinks etc.
There is a different menu for the evening oriced at GBP11.99. Can get busy on Friday and Saturday evenings and should consider booking.
Well worth a visit. Highly recommended.

  • Visited August 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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