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“Value for money, plenty of choice” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of May Sum Buffet Restaurant - CLOSED

May Sum Buffet Restaurant
Cuisines: Chinese, Asian
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating
Neighborhood: Central Liverpool
North West England, United Kingdom
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401 reviews
207 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 191 helpful votes
“Value for money, plenty of choice”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 21, 2013

Very handily located for an inexpensive pre-theatre or lads/lasses night out meal. In common with most buffet restaurants the price various a lot depending on the day of week and time of entry, anything from £6.90 to £10.90 though the more expensive food comes out with the higher prices, prawns, mussels etc. The prices and times are clearly displayed though some still argue.

We visited on an early Saturday evening and the place was packed especially with Liverpool being at home and their supporters killing time before their trains back to London/Scotland/Cornwall etc.!

Drinks prices are reasonable, certainly no more expensive than the average city centre bar. Drinks arrived within a couple of minutes of ordering.

One thing we did notice was that we weren't really thirsty an hour or so after leaving, something we often feel after leaving this type of restaurant. Not too much salt used here then.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank WirralTiger
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LIVERPOOL UK
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555 reviews
349 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 248 helpful votes
“Good value for money and good quality food.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 11, 2013

For my money the May Sum is probably the best value for money Chinese buffet in Liverpool city centre.

The food is always hot and fresh, with more variety than some of the other buffets. On my last visit they had delicious steamed small ribs, and also beef brisket stew and sui mais which I love.

Service has always been brisk and polite when I have been there, and plates are cleared quickly and without fuss. This place is just across the way from Liverpool Lime St train station, and is always busy, particularly at weekends.

With buffets you generally don’t expect fine dining and you get what you pay for. I have always found the May Sum to be good value for money and good quality food.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank SGM67
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“An awful dining experience !!!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2013

It is always upsetting to me to have to pass negative comment about any restaurant, but the experience my family had at this establishment will haunt me for years to come. I attended at this restaurant with my wife and young son last month. We were hurded in like cattle to a central table in the middle of restaurant by staff who were downright miserable. It does not take much to smile. The drinks we ordered came approximately 25 mins after we had been seated and came in what looked like dirty glasses,they were sent back. The serving area was both chaotic and dirty with the floor littered in spilled food,no attempt was made to clean it up,people could have slipped and injured themselves. The food was greasy and indeed alot of the dishes were cold,however what compounded the issue was as follows....After the awful meal i went to use the toilet which is situated up some stairs,whilst i did this my wife and little one waited at the foot of the stairs close to the till area.Whilst i was upstairs my wife was approached by staff who inquired as to where i was and told to pay the bill...this caused upset to my wife and little one. Then as i returned from the toilet i was presented with a bill which included billing for two children !!!!. The manager then tried to suggest Id smuggled a child outside the restaurant , unbelievable. The correct bill was eventually paid and we left feeling upset and angry. Folks dont go !!!!

  • Visited November 2012
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank biffa8806
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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105 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 141 helpful votes
“A student's dream...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2012

It has been a couple of years since I last visited but I used to go here every weekend and my ex girlfriend used her NUS card so was also handy with the discount. If you love your chinese food you will love May Sum. Situated in Liverpool City Centre (opposite Lime Street Station) this restaurant offers everything you would expect from a chinese takeaway. You can eat as much as you like and everything is cooked freshly and always is topped up frequently. Be aware though, this restaurant gets very busy in the evenings.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Simon M
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Not the same as used to be”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 9, 2012 via mobile

I used to love it here but on this visit the food was just warm, not much choice and the staff hang around like zombies. It was a Sunday evening so maybe better on a week day but wouldnt go again.

    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Thank billyjulie5
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