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“Fantastic food for almost no money”
Review of Bambu

Bambu
Ranked #78 of 533 Restaurants in Bolton
Cuisines: Chinese
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San Carlos, California
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Fantastic food for almost no money”
Reviewed June 18, 2014 via mobile

This place is amazing. It is small and very 'hole in the wall' , but the quality of food and the dishes they create are spectacular. We will be returning every chance we get.

Visited June 2014
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English first
Manchester, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
42 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Foutune Cookie.”
Reviewed May 23, 2014 via mobile

Called in for lunch,
A good choice of specials, tea or coffee and desert for £5.80p.
Food was very good, I had chicken in black bean sauce it was fresh, hot, and wholesome. Service was prompt. I felt that the head waitress would benefit from a smilling course, otherwise exellent.
Will return.

Visited May 2014
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Bolton, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
50 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“A cafe not a restaurant but the food is great”
Reviewed May 21, 2014

I've eaten here a few times and never been anything other than delighted with the quality of the food. Every dish is prepared freshly to order.(with one exception I think, see below) Ingredients are very obviously the freshest, the flavors are delicious and judging by the number of Chinese customers in the place, authentic. Portions sizes range from large for the stir fried dishes to enormous for the noodle soup based dishes.

This is a lunchtime cafe. They close late afternoon I believe and there's no alcohol licence. Neither of these is a problem for me as I visit when I'm in town for business during the day.

There are two reasons why this place didn't get 5 stars from me, both are minor. There is one member of staff who gives the impression that she would rather the place be exclusive to Chinese customers. Never rude nor discourteous just cold and businesslike, no smiles or conversation making you feel ever so slightly unwelcome. This might not even be intentional just a cultural or language issue but it is noticeable. Other staff are welcoming and friendly. Secondly the prawn crackers they serve as complimentary appetizers are often tough, chewy and oily. However both of these issues should be overlooked because as I said they are minor drawbacks and the rest of the food offering is really great.

  • Visited April 2014
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Level 5 Contributor
49 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Good food at a very reasonable price”
Reviewed May 15, 2014

Popped in here early before the lunchtime rush. Service prompt and waiter very friendly. Stuffed chicken legs and gyozu for starters followed by chicken stir fry and chilli king prawn. Free prawn crackers while waiting a nice touch. Meals both piping hot, portions on the large side, although a small size is offered. All the food was lovely . The café also offers a daily special for less than £6, main course , drink and sweet. Paid bill and shocked at how cheap. Two After Eight type mints given on payment. I know this place gets very busy and with the standard of food and keen pricing I can see why. A must for a casual lunchtime snack.

  • Visited May 2014
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Manchester, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Chinese whispers”
Reviewed May 1, 2014

I tried Bambu for the first time last week and was delighted with what I found! If you are looking for a chic, glamorous venue ,forget it. This is in effect a Chinese cafe, free of alcohol and pretension. The food is good,piping hot,fresh and judging by the majority of the customers ,authentic. I was bewitched and impressed by several oriental babies who were with their parents and the trouble tIhe hard working staff went to to keep the little ones happy.
If you are looking for a good value, hearty meal in simple surroundings please give this place a try, I don't think you will be dissappointed.

  • Visited April 2014
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2 Thank mal L
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