The restaurant is certainly fashionable and you will see chinese customers but do not assume that this means authentic food. I have visited Beijing with a chinese colleaugue and eaten well and cheaply there at working mens restaurants as well as posh tourist places. Although I agree the food is different from the average chinese restaurant in Manchester it still comes nowhere near the Yan Sing or Lttle Yang Sing. Our experience was mixed. First the reception. We did not book but arrived around 6.00pm to find the restaurant nearly empty and had no difficulty finding a table for four adults and two children but it soon filled up. We started with the mixed dim sum platter and the crispy duck with pancakes which are the same virtually anywhere. Sadly the pancakes were cold. The dim sum consisted of seaweed, chicken satay, spring rolls and sesame toast. The chicken was as dry as cardboard but the real problem here was the grease. My experiences in China and elsewhere in Manchester have led me to conclude that deep frying hardly leaves a residue at all but a rather unpleasant tasting and green looking oil covered the plate.
By the time the main coarses arrived the tablle was covered in crumbs of food (two children) but no one bothered to clean the table. The main coarses however were much better. in quality. The poached hot spicy sea bass was delicious and rapidly disappeared. The pork joint was tender and tasty. The garlic pak choi was delicate and welcome. The tofu with mince meat was way too salty and most of it was left.
I wanted to give this restaurant three circles but this meant average it is not average because so many dishes are different. I have to say that I could not give it four as it cannot be described as very good either.
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