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“If you want pink chicken go here!” 1 of 5 stars
Review of The Old Cathay

The Old Cathay
London Road, Harlow, England
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Ranked #72 of 104 Restaurants in Harlow
Dining options: Delivery
Restaurant details
Dining options: Delivery
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“If you want pink chicken go here!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013 via mobile

Had to give 1 star otherwise would of not given 1 just thought i would warn u we got a take away from the old cathay in old harlow and got pink chicken inside the balls! Not only that they were very rude & we received no apology!

On the plus side fast delivery hence the raw chicken!

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
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English first
cambridgeshire
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Utterly Dissapointed”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013

Having previously lived in Harlow. We often went in this restaurant and it was always pleasant, jolly and cheap and the food was always top notch as well.
Well as we were staying over in Harlow this weekend, we thought that we would give it a try for old times sake. Well to say that we were Dissapointed was an under statement, I was so worried about eating anything what so ever just in case it gave me a bad belly. The buffet food that was offered to us was dry and stone cold and there wasn't even that much food out, I asked a waitress to take my plate of cold food away as I really couldn't face eating the cold and rubbish food. We were then told that they had just had a large party in and so that is the reason that there wasn't that much food on offer and when we said it was also cold we were told that is because the door is constantly opening and any way there was plenty of fresh food out at 6.30 so we should have come then. We arrived at the restaurant at 2100 and didn't think that this was too late, but they didn't bring any fresh food out for us.
After complaining to the Manageress, we were eventually even though it did seem grudgingly, asked what we would like and they would cook it fresh for us. This was ok but by this time all that we wanted to do was pay our bill and get out of this place.
We would never ever go back to this place again and am just happy that we never got food poisoning from there.
Very very Dissapointed and gutted that this place had gone down the pan so much
Our visit was Saturday 19th Jan 2013

    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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Harlow, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“yet again another fantastic take away .”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

we have started using this old cathay with a large group of friend for a take away . we have found this take away to be very very good . arrives in good time and is still very hot . we have all found the food to be very tasty.
well done to all . keep up the fantastic work.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Harlow, England, United Kingdom
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Lacks in atmosphere but the food is marvellous”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2012

Eat here quite regularly, and the atmosphere is somewhat lacking - primarily due to the fact that the place is almost always empty. Never had cause to complain about any of the food there, and the buffet is always being refreshed. I gladly recommend it to friends and family.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Sawbridgeworth, United Kingdom
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10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“gone down hill”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2012

Having eaten here several times over the years, The food has gone down hill. Tasted more like packet meals than authentic chinese. Have had better meals from Iceland, packet by choice and not passing its self off as fresh authentic chinese.

Visited February 2012
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