We have been visiting the North China for many years, and we have never had a bad meal or bad service.
The food on this occasion was as good as usual, as was the service, despite the restaurant being full - there was a party in the upstairs room too. The staff had to turn people away who had not booked - the sign of a good restaurant I think.
As others have said, it is a family run restaurant, and the owner, Laurence, is usually working in the restaurant too - greeting all the customers - old and new. He never seems to forget those who have been before, even if they haven't visited for a while!
We generally choose from the Set Menus, which are good value for money - we quite often end up with a 'doggy bag' to take home as we cannot manage it all. The barbecue spare ribs are the tenderest I have ever eaten and the stir-fried prawns with vegetables were so succulent and huge.
Some of the negative comments have concerned the lack of cocktails (no longer shown on the website) - not a problem for us, we go for the food, not the drinks, and the 'take away' service. We have tried the 'take away' on a couple of occasions, and we have found the food be quite as good as the restaurant, but this is because the food is not served straight away! It has to be transported to your home, either by yourself or the delivery man, and some of the dishes do not 'travel' as well as others. Much better to eat in the restaurant, or choose another Chinese 'take away' that do the more 'travel friendly' items.
We will return as it is one of our favourite restaurants and all the family like it!
One note of warning - it is advisable to book, especially on a Saturday night, as they are generally full!
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