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“Thank goodness...a decent restaurant in London's Chinatown!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Maotai Kitchen

Maotai Kitchen
12 Macclesfield street, London W1D 5BP, England
02074378785
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Ranked #3,284 of 17,938 Restaurants in London
Cuisines: Chinese, Minority Chinese
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
london
Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Thank goodness...a decent restaurant in London's Chinatown!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

dunno about you, but i find most of the Chinese restaurants in London's Soho are really rubbish! loved this one...part of the group that own Empress of Sichuan (which is closed) so tried this...really great...food from Guizhou province...really tasty, spicy - bit too so, good value for money, good service...but the main attraction is the food! not a sign of MSG anywhere...nice wine-list...interesting sake type licquer...Moutai (i think)

  • Visited August 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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London, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
71 reviews 71 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“Try the handmade noodles!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

I visited Maotai Kitchen with a couple of friend with relatively low expectations. I'm not a big fan of trying new places in Chinatown as it's usually very disappointing. This place proved me wrong!

They offer handmade dumplings and noodles that are simply excellent. The noodles are hidden on the last page and come in soup and dry version. You also have many different type of noodles to choose from. We tried the beef brisket and the seafood noodles (both dry), with the knife noodles (option A) - these were wide and pretty thick. Not what I usually like but it was simply delicious!

In the veggie category, we tried the Chinese broccoli - you can give that a miss, it was a bit bland. The French beens and kale were listed as a speciality and they were unbelievably tasty - recommend!

Overall, the food was delicious and reasonably priced, and our waitress was very patient and smiling.

Great experience!

  • Visited August 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Fine but no urge to rush back.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

We went with a couple and their toddler on a Sunday afternoon. The space is cosy but not cramped, and the staff were patient with a restless kid banging chopsticks around. The food was a mixed bag. "Water-cooked fish" (can't remembe what the dish's name was in English) was nice though I've had fresher more tender fish fillets this. The soft-shell crab in coconut was a big let down, we see to have been given the off-cuts of crab remains rather than crabs in their entirety, and what little of this there was was literally snowed under a mountain of dessicated coconut. For £10+ this was eye-watering, and sadly not for the dish's flavour. Steamed king prawns in broth and vermicelli was OK. Some of the vericelli were still hard and had to be left soaking into the broth before eating, and the flesh of the crustacen missing its unctousness. There were a couple other not very exciting choices (vegetable spring rolls, bean sprouts fried noodles, pak choi)... nothing stood out and there were a few bum notes. Not hugely pricey (sub £100 for 4, no drinks) but given country-wide standards of northern Chinese cuisine on offer, this is one to forget.

  • Visited August 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Zurich, Switzerland
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“Chinese excelence - off the beaten path”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Maotai Kitchen in central London is my personal favorite among many Chinese restaurant I have dined at all over the world. A word of warning is in order: this is not a Chinese restaurant with the "standard" menu of spring rolls, meat on sweet and sour or szechuan sauce, etc. Rather, this places cultivates the cuisine from the Guizhou province in southwestern China. Maotai Kitchen have a substantial menu to choose from, including soups, cold and hot starters, and rather unique main courses. Chances are that you have not heard before about 90% of the dishes they serve. But the staff is helpful with making a selection. And of course, it can also be fun to be adventurous in a place like this. At Maotai kitchen, I get tasty Chinese food I have not known before--and this for a very reasonable price. The place is well worth the visit if you are looking for Chinese and are open to something new.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Excellent food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

The star of the show here is the quality of the food. We had the set menu at 22.50 per person and on recommendation from the waiter had this for two people despite having a third person/teen with us as well. He was right, it was perfectly sized and honourable for a restaurateur to 'down sell'. Impressed.

Our food and that brought to the next table was clearly a grade up from other recent meals in Chinatown (four in last year only). Very tasty, piping hot and well portioned.

We were worried by the relatively low score of 3 for hygiene on the window sticker and nearly chose another but the customer area of the restaurant is very clean (glasses, crockery)

The room itself downstairs is dark and quite ordinary, the ladies said that the upstairs was much larger but at the time we ate quite empty. This is not what I'd call a smart evening restaurant really but perfectly good.

We quite fancy returning to try a couple of other dishes, it's on the list...

  • Visited July 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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