Group of 20 of us were accommodated pretty well. The service was welcoming and efficient initially. Not over friendly but just getting on with the job, which is fine with me.
Service wise, downsides were ..we had to wait a long time for additional drinks.. and the look on the waitresses face when i questioned the size of the main course portions. More on that later..
Starters came. They tasted excellent at £7 per head. The spring roll on the plate was very pretty and original, but when you bit into it and look inside, virtually nothing in there. A bit like an oriental croissant??. Also on the plate was one rib the size of a clipper lighter,one king prawn,some seaweed. At this point the party were happy with the quality of the food as it tasted amazing and was very pretty.
The peking duck was delivered with splendour and was absolutely superb. Amazingly succulent and perfect bronze skin.. separately served over large prawn crackers. Absolutely Awesome.
The main course and subsequent bill is where it got disappointing. Some of the portions here are laughable. I ordered 16 main dishes and 8 egg fried rice for 20. That simply wasn't enough, so another 4 egg fried rice ordered. To add insult to injury..
The party of 20 was a self paying party, mixture of cash and cards. We all budgeted for the 12.5% service charge and ended up being £10 short on the total bill. We were hauled up on that publicly at the table and happily paid. If i owned this restaurant, i would have let it go, or at least not bother to embarrass the party at the table and grab the person that booked it, aside for a quiet word.
A special occasion for me personally. I expected a bit less confrontation bringing 20 people to their restaurant spending upwards of £35 per head on a thursday night.
I pretty much took the same group of 20 to keis in reading a month ago. The feedback is chalk and cheese in favour of keis on every front. We all left absolutely stuffed with awesome cantonese cuisine and felt very well looked after.
Pearls do presentation and quality of food very well. The peking duck was truly spectacular. But.. Im sorry, but some of the portions were truly insulting and with that in mind, i don't appreciate being hauled up on a tenner in front of my work colleagues, when the bill is £700ish which includes the 12.5% service charge.
So i won't be back.
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