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“Good food but not quite the experience of previous years”
Review of Yang Sing

Yang Sing
Ranked #432 of 2,254 Restaurants in Manchester
Price range: $23 - $93
Cuisines: Chinese, Asian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Large groups, Families with children, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Private Dining, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Dorset, UK
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41 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Good food but not quite the experience of previous years”
Reviewed February 22, 2013

It is a number of years since we dined at this great bastion of Chinese Food in both Manchester and indeed the UK, having moved from the area 5 years ago. We returned for a banquet to celebrate a rather special family birthday on a Sunday lunchtime.

Having booked the banquet we were quite surprised that at the beginning waitresses came with a tray of what looked like desert pies and cakes and because they couldn't really speak English we were not sure what they were or what to do. It appears that this is something that is offered on a Sunday but when we said that we were having a banquet the tray was taken away leaving us in total confusion about what was going to happen next.

The Head Waiter then as is the norm arrived and asked us what our likes and dislikes were. Then a bit later we were asked the same question by another waitress! So there seemed to be some confusion all around.

Having said this, the food was excellent and kept coming right through to the fresh fruit bowl at the end. Plentiful hot towels to clean are hands appeared at the end of the Dim Sum starters and then again at the end of the meal before we tackled the fruit.

A large Sea Bass cooked perfection appeared as but just one of about five main courses and was expertly de-boned by the waitress. For many this was the highlight of the meal for others it was the wide variety of tastes presented and not just Cantonese. My only criticism was that rice was served by waitresses but too infrequently and as the rice bowl was on an adjacent table if we wanted some we had to get up and go and serve ourselves.

The dishes didn't quite have the presentation sparkle of former years when edible flowers and other decorations adorned the dishes but having said that the quality of the food has not diminished in any way.

The restaurant at the time we arrived wasn't too busy, by the time we left it had filled up with many Chinese diners as well, which is always a good sign but of course as is often the case they may well have had a different menu in Chinese!

The Chinese love children and as we had a number in the group they received special attention ending up with sweet lollies at the end which perhaps is not the best for their teeth but went down well in the taxi home!

If the restaurant can just sort out the rather erratic service at times I would rate it at 5* nevertheless for a wonderful Chinese dining experience it still is up there with the best.

  • Visited February 2013
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TheYangSingTeam, Manager at Yang Sing, responded to this review, August 12, 2013
Dear Tonj48 Many thanks for taking the trouble to let us know your kind comments. So pleased you enjoyed the food and the children enjoyed the experience (especially the sweets). Sorry the service wasn’t up to our usual standard. I will pass on your comments to the restaurant manager.
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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128 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Best Chinese food in town”
Reviewed February 17, 2013

The Yang Sing has been in Manchester city centre for a long time, and it has sustained an outstanding reputation and a high level of popularity. It is the first choice of Manchester's substantial Chinese professional community. The most enjoyable approach is to come in a group and order one of the banquet options, or simply ask the chef to provide a "tasting menu" - in which case you need only to specify anything that you do not like. Reservations, particularly at weekends, are advisable.

  • Visited June 2012
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TheYangSingTeam, Manager at Yang Sing, responded to this review, August 8, 2013
Dear martingreaves,Many thanks fo taking to trouble to let us know your experience. So pleased you enjoy the food and hope to welcome you back soon.
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Lancashire
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“Great Chinese Banquet”
Reviewed February 15, 2013

Came here with a large family group to celebrate a special birthday. Ordered one of the banquets, and left it to the waiting staff to decide what we had, having checked with us what people would and would not eat (hot, fish, cheese etc). The food was excellent, the service good, if erratic at times. They had 'lost' our reservation but still took us in. And we had to forgive the service issues to a degree as they had a VIP sitting in the corner, incognito but with an extended entourage, and his presence seemed to be distracting them.

  • Visited January 2013
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Thank MunroBasher
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Stratford upon Avon
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Chinese at its best”
Reviewed February 14, 2013

You can keep all your 'all you can eat' buffets, set menus here are as cheap as them and the quality and quantity would be hard to beat, no wonder it is so popular

Visited February 2013
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TheYangSingTeam, Manager at Yang Sing, responded to this review, August 8, 2013
Dear martingreaves, Many thanks for your feedback which is very much appreciated. So pleased you enjoy the food. Hope to welcome you back to the Yang Sing soon.
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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“Give it a miss”
Reviewed February 12, 2013

Unfortunately this restaurant does not live up to expectations. The food was pretty dire, we had the hot and sour soup, mixed appetisers, fillet steak Cantonese and chicken green peppers & black bean sauce. The best we can say is that the chicken was good, if a little too salty, and the prawn crackers were ok. All other dishes were not anywhere near good enough. We were a fairly large party, and the staff appeared disorganised serving starters with mains, rice on the table a good ten minutes before the food, etc.. We won't be returning. We can recommend the little yang sing on George st and the Tung Fong in Worley for good quality food and cheerful service.

  • Visited February 2013
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Thank Rhonda C
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