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“Please translate the Chinese menu into English...” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Tai Pan

Tai Pan
Brunswick House, 81-97 Upper Brook Street, Manchester M13 6TW, England
(0161) 273 2798
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Ranked #478 of 1,764 Restaurants in Manchester
Cuisines: Chinese
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Manchester
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3 restaurant reviews
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“Please translate the Chinese menu into English...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2012

We visited on a Saturday evening, our greeting was pleasant, the restaurant was quite busy so we waited a little before we were eventually directed to our table.

When we were seated we were presented with the main menu and a smaller sheet with some specials. The main menu consisted of basic takeaway style anglicised main dishes with some exceptions in the dim sum section. However from a quick scan of the tables of Chinese diners it became very apparent that what they were eating was most definitely not in the 'English' menu that I was reading from, their tables were full of delicious looking casseroles, dishes brimming with vegetables in soup, braised meats, lobsters stuffed with noodles. Becoming intrigued by this I asked a waiter for the Chinese menu which he duly presented me with, it was hugely extensive in comparison to the other menu, but unfortunately for me it was all in Chinese with no translation and only limited pictures and it's not really ideal to have to ask a waiter/waitress to go through the whole menu to explain. This is what really needs to change, they drastically need a translation of the Chinese menu so that everyone can experience what is currently limited to customers able to read mandarin or cantonese. Red Chilli has a whole menu translated into English and does not limit it's more authentic dishes to Chinese customers.

I eventually ordered off with specials sheet having given up on the Chinese menu. I had 'poached beef in spicy consomme' which was nice, spicy and savoury, my partner opted for duck satay which was nice too. However I would have liked to have tried something properly authentic.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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  • Chinese (Simplified) first
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English first
Manchester, United Kingdom
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31 reviews 31 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“One of the few affordable real Chinese restaurants”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2012

Following the sad demise of the Tai Wu on Oxford Street into yet another international buffet, I decided to try an old favourite from university days. They've added 10% student discount on the main courses and 20% off Dim Sum and so now two people can have a Dim Dum lunch with Chinese tea for about £22. The atmosphere is nice and the added bonus of it being on top of a Chinese supermarket with parking (busy on Sundays) makes the place a pleasant visit without the problem of finding a parking space in the city. Unlike the very expensive Golden Harmony atop the Wing Yip supermarket, the food is good and very affordable and varied. Try the Cheung Fan, the Fung Chow and Char Siu Bau... all excellent.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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“Service was an insult”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012 via mobile

We visited Tai Pan after returning from to Manchester from London by train. We rang at 10pm to find out what time they closed and were told midnight but food had to be ordered by 11:15pm. We arrived at 10:50 to a very empty looking restaurant so we asked again if they were open and we were told they were but we couldn't have dim sum as the steamers had been turned off. We decided to order anyway. The food was ok but the whole experience was ruined by the waiter who spent his time hovering over the table, looking out the window or tutting loudly while staring at his watch.

As my friend was paying the bill, much to the relief of the staff who were making it clear we were to welcome, he was told by the manager to arrive earlier next. This was the final insult. We had called to see what time they shut and arrived 70 minutes before that. We asked when we arrived and were told they were still open. It seems they were happy to take our money but didn't want our service.

I will not be returning.

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Knutsford, United Kingdom
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Best Chinese in Manchester”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2012

We visit Tai Pan a number of times each year. After having tried numerous Manchester Chinese restaraunts in the past, i can safely say that this is the best by far. The selection and price of dim sum is excellent. A good choice of mains, the sliced fillet steak cantonnese style is highly recomended. The staff are always friendly and service efficient.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“better than i remembered!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2012

came to tai pan for late lunch on the way to the manchester airport
last time i came was approx 6 years ago
my husband said why not glamourous? i said because i dont rate glamnourous and wanted to give somewhere else a try
came here on tuesday 2nd oct
quite busy to say it was 3pm
i noticed ont he wall in chinese on mon-fri before 5pm theres a 20% off dim sum

we ordered a selection of dim sum and a szechuan snack called *suen lei bak yuk* (thin slices of belly pork in a chilli oil/ sauce)

first came this octopus thing we ordered off the dim sum menu... it gave us a very good impression straight away, portion size was good but the quality was even better

aside the good food

what i did criticise was that the suen lei bak yuk was too *dry* if it had more sauce it would've been perfect

overall really enjoyed it, bill for 5 came to £43!!!

p.s dont order the *fried fish roll* didn't rate that...everything else was very good!!

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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