At around 7.30 pm we sat on the top deck of a bus from Kensington to the restaurant. We could see into various restaurants on the way and they were all nearly empty. When we got to the Phoenix Palace it was nearly full. This must say something.
It was a very cold night and we were looking forward to getting warm. We cannot say that about our greeting which did not get a smile and there seemed to be a problem with our booking.
We were asked to wait in the bar area but after about ten minutes we got fed up and asked to be placed then, which we were. Our friends arrived shortly after.
Anyway, after that, everything was fine and the staff attentive, although service was slow and it was some time before we got a drink. However, being with friends it did not matter.
This is a lovely restaurant and the food excellent. We started with "Evening Dim Sum" of Octopus Patty with Coriander and Scallop with Asparagus. Both were so good, we ordered a repeat. Bit expensive at £6.80 each with four pieces.
Our main courses were again excellent and included Prawns with Chilli and Garlic (£14.80), Sea spicy Pork and Aubergine Casserole. (£12.80). Plain steamed rice was £3 per portion.
So, this restaurant is a step up from those in Chinatown, both in quality, comfort and price. (You get cloth napkins and tablecloths as well!) You will enjoy it if you don't paying a little more. However, this is not to denigrate Chinatown where most of the restaurants serve excellent food.
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