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“Where did Mr Chow's charm go?”
Review of Mr Chow

Mr Chow
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Sat, 10/23
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Ranked #18,761 of 24,177 Restaurants in London
Price range: $41 - $110
Cuisines: Chinese
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Neighborhood: Knightsbridge
Transit: Knightsbridge Underground Station Major bus routes.
Description: Mr Chow opened on Valentines Day 1968. Designed by Michael Chow, it remains one of the the most uniquely beautiful restaurants in London. The atmosphere is one of relaxed luxury with original works of art, lacquered walls and white marble floors. Mr Chow serves a combination of original,authentic Beijing recipes together with new innovative dishes, specialities such as Green Prawns, Ma Mignon and Mr Chow noodles were all created by our award winning chefs. Also on the menu is our superlative Beijing Duck and a variety of exciting vegetarian dishes. During the evening, as entertainment, a chef performs the skilful art of hand-pulled Beijing noodles. Known as an institution in London MR CHOW draws generations of the young and fashionable by serving consistently excellent food, prepared by executive chef John Wu and his team. "All of it impeccable, great, tasty, a triumph! That was a good meal to put it mildly" Michael Winner The Sunday Times. AVERAGE PRICE DINNER-L60+
Reviewed July 22, 2016 via mobile

Food is ok, nothing worth the name, but Mr Chow's charm is long gone. Service was awful. We made our reservation weeks prior and were seated upstairs where it's noisy and the service was poor. Few waiters and not the service we had some years ago or expected for the price. Also, desserts are better in any coffee shop in London. Not worth to visit when in London.

Date of visit: July 2016
4  Thank Reyna B
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Reviewed July 16, 2016 via mobile

Went back to Mr Chow after many years.
The experience was not as good as it had been.

Food is ok ( but not particularly inventive or interesting).
Service was very poor: not attentive, not professional in the presentation and delivery of the food, overly friendly with some guests (on the border of inappropriateness).

The location is cozy but this means often the waiters bump on the patrons. The first floor should be avoided due to a very steep staircase and the floor that vibrates as the waiters move around.

Total bill is high for the overall quality of the experience (even considering that London is a very expensive city)

Date of visit: July 2016
2  Thank Vigorish93
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Reviewed July 14, 2016 via mobile

The food was absolutely out of this world. We didn't even look at the menu. We had a party of 10 the waiter just sorted us out. We were all stuffed before our final Duck course.
Service was so so. Lots of servers all about but our drink did stand empty.
Tip. If you have trouble negotiating a large spiral staircase best to sit downstairs.
Would recommend and will be back!

Date of visit: July 2016
Thank Wichita2007
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Reviewed July 7, 2016

I think this place was too hyped up so my expectations were too high. Food was very good. Layout is strange. Long and narrow with an upstairs and downstairs. They fill the downstairs first so our table up top felt too quiet and sparse until other guests started to arrive.

Service and food were quite good, but a little too fancy for my taste when eating asian cuisine.

Not great, not terrible, but not what I thought I was going experience. Expensive.

Date of visit: February 2016
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Thank Jonathan P
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Reviewed July 7, 2016

Not sure if this was just a tourist trap or a restaurant for people who have never eaten Chinese food... but dear Lord, I've never eaten worse, and the pretentious air made it all the more galling. Service was lovely (which is the only reason I upped it a star), but seriously, not a single dish was better than any run-of-the-mill take-out Chinese. Making it even worse was the cliquish atmosphere. The manager was very keen to lavishly greet people he knew; he spent our entire dinner loudly chatting up the table next to us, including "funny" stories about "Americans" who'd come to dine there. If that wasn't uncomfortable enough for us, his audience, a loud brash American herself, then accosted us to tell us she knew we were new because we "used the menu" and introduced herself to us. And apologized for our being from Boston. And told us how relieved we must be to be somewhere better. Alrighty then. Totally worth $125 per person. Is it too late to go back down to one star....? Yikes. And I'm too tired now to explain their complicated minimum expenditure plan. Just... don't go. So lame. In every way.

Date of visit: July 2016
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1  Thank Racwoh
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