We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“tired and needs a facelift but look beyond that its worth it”
Review of Happy Gathering

Happy Gathering
Ranked #281 of 1,246 Restaurants in Cardiff
Cuisines: Chinese
More restaurant details
Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Large groups, Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
Bournemouth, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
155 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
“tired and needs a facelift but look beyond that its worth it”
Reviewed January 24, 2014

the food is always excellent here and the service is very good but I have visited Cardiff on many occasions over many years and this restaurant just stays the same.Its like going back to the 70s.
It desperately needs a makeover but I can not fault the food or the service.So please give this place a go but perhaps take a paintbrush and colour swatches with you and leave them on the table as a not to subtle hint for the owner to get his act together.This could be an outstanding venue with some TLC

Visited January 2014
Helpful?
Thank john b
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

307 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    116
    87
    55
    12
    37
Rating summary
    Food
    Service
    Value
    Atmosphere
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Japanese first
  • Any
English first
Cardiff
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Mixed”
Reviewed January 21, 2014

We went as a group of with on a friday evening.
Children and parents expecting a real treat.
It was very empty which for the ahoy gathering is a surprise as we often go, but usually at the week end.
Mixed starter platter, crispy duck, lettuce wraps fantastic.
The main courses were a real mixed bag.
Crispy pork noodles were barely touched by anyone, odd texture of pork and really bland taste.
Singapore noodles, bland and greasy.
Happily some things were good to eat.
I hope this was an off evening, but enough to drive me back to favourite takeaway.

  • Visited January 2014
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Helpful?
Thank Cardifffamily
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Cardiff
Level 6 Contributor
230 reviews
163 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
“Average at best, will not be back.”
Reviewed January 21, 2014

Asian food has moved on and we were very disappointed with this visit. The restaurant upstairs is just a huge space with few customers, and despite a good pianist, was devoid of atmosphere. The wines were good, and very reasonable and the crispy duck starter good but it was all downhill from there. The mains were dominated by the taste and texture of mono sodium glutamate and we had very disappointing pork and chicken dishes, with ok rice and average noodles.

There was nothing in the location, atmosphere or food to make me want to come back.

  • Visited October 2013
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Helpful?
Thank CardiffZorro
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Cardiff, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Slightly disappointing Chinese food”
Reviewed January 14, 2014

Went here with my boyfriend, the whole experience was 'adequate'. The food was really below average compared to the Chinese food I am used to from takeaways, even though it's a proper restaurant. The atmosphere is slightly strange as it's such a huge restaurant, it feels a bit like dining in a school canteen or hall. Service was quick, but nothing special.

  • Visited November 2013
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Helpful?
Thank Laurapopemeister
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Swansea, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“great food great staff”
Reviewed December 27, 2013

have been going here for food twice a year for about 15 years,in all this time I can honestly say that I have never been disappointed once great food and martin and his staff always make you feel welcome.

  • Visited November 2013
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Helpful?
Thank roywales2013
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Happy Gathering also viewed

Cardiff, South Wales
Cardiff, South Wales
 

Been to Happy Gathering? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing