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“More Chinese than most...”
Review of Jacky's Kitchen

Jacky's Kitchen
Ranked #743 of 2,220 Restaurants in Birmingham
Price range: $20 - $39
Cuisines: Chinese
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Birmingham UK
Level 5 Contributor
40 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“More Chinese than most...”
Reviewed May 20, 2012

We went to Jacky's Kitchen for the Mongolian Hotpot, for which they are famous. This is a huge bowl, divided down the middle and filled with an unspiced chicken broth, and a hugely spicy broth. The broth is kept bubbling on an induction hob. Plates and plates of raw food arrive, and you cook the raw ingredients in either of the broths.There is a choice of ingredients, but the best value is the £13.00 per person option, which includes everything you could want, and some stuff you may not want. If you want more of something, you just ask and they bring it over. Our plates were filled with: shaved, rather fatty lamb, white fish, fish balls, prawns, lobster balls, two different types of flavoured tofu, congealed pigs' blood (didn't really taste of much at all), different green vegetables and noodles.
Allow about two hours to eat this lot. It's fun, but we probably won't have it again. The regular menu is extensive, and the food looks good. The staff were very helpful, but their English was limited, apart from the manageress, who was very friendly.

  • Visited May 2012
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  • Chinese (Traditional) first
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English first
Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
67 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“A really fabulous restaurant”
Reviewed February 13, 2012

If you seek authentic chinese food you must go here, you will find dishes to amaze and delight you. A word of caution however, if you go expecting the usual westernised dishes that you find in every high street takeaway you are in for a few surprises.

Visited May 2011
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“awful value for money”
Reviewed January 7, 2012

popped in for a takeaway, wish i hadnt bothered. i ordered chicken and mushroom soup and half a crispy duck. the soup was not on the menu but they said they would be happy to prepare it for me. i wish they had not bothered, it looked and tased like something i would blow out of my nose. As for the duck, it came already shredded for me with pancakes and onions and cucumber, it was dry and tasteless and not worth £15.00 of anyones money and to be honest it was not the amount i would expect from half a duck, to be honest i could have got more off a quarter of a duck. will not be eating there again and would strongly advise anyone else to avoid the place

  • Visited January 2012
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Leyland, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Hidden gem, mostly used by local chinese”
Reviewed January 6, 2012

No frills, but good food.

Slightly 'round the corner' from the main chinese quarter. So only people who know go there - mostly local chinese - probably 80%.

Warning - portions are generous, but so tasty you want to eat the lot.

Service ok, but better if you chat to servers. They'll leave you to yourself if you don't initiate it.

As others have said - a few non-western meat cuts :-) but 95-99% things you know.

Go here to eat - not to impress.

Visited January 2012
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8 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Great authentic Chinese food”
Reviewed January 1, 2012

This restaurant is in the lively Southside area of the city, home to the Hippodrome theatre, Chinese quarter and a variety of bars.

I've eaten here a number of times and every time leave impressed with the quality and standard of the food.

The menu is definately not a typical English chinese takeaway style although mixed in with authentic Chinese dishes are your typical dishes such as yuk sung and sweet and sour.

The staff are always very friendly and will offer advice on the menu, especially if you want to try something different from the normal Chinese food.

Our favourite Chinese restaurant in china town.

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