Food is good, nicely presented but nothing outstanding or beyond the expectation of such a restaurant, especially considering the hefty prices, location and rather dated 1970s surroundings.
Been a few times, mainly had the set banquet meals to try a bit of everything and keep the price down, but despite not being huge eaters, we still had to add extras as the portions are quite small. Can't think of any stand out dishes as such, but remeber the spicy beef noodles being extremely greasy and bland and we didnt eat them. Once pushed the baot out and tried some smoked shredded ostrich on the reccomendation of a waiter, but wasn't over awed especially at 7 quid for a mouthful. The small platter of starters that came with the banquet was much nicer.
The place is situated in a rather unattractive run down road, and looks nothing from the outside. Inside it is rather dated and stuck in the 70s, althugh in sme ways this gives it a certain retro charm. It's quite crazy to have a running water feature at the back with carp swimming in it, although if sat near it is is quite noisy and frankly I don't think it's nice to keep such large fish in a small environment. Enjoyment of the surroundings depends pretty much where you are sat, as it does get busy and as a result, noisy. Was nice being sat in a quiet corner one time, but nt so enjoyable in the middle of the restaurant on a Satuday night.
Service is fine, until you ask questions about dishes, or have a problem, because a few of the staff don't fully understand English. The ladies were all really sweet and helpful, but one older guy in glasses, who may have been in charge, wasn't much use. We asked very specific questions about a certain dish, which he didn't fully answer. After much ado we just said we'd try a small portion with our other starter and share it, and after a long delay of not knowign what was happening we got served the full portion plus the starter at the full price. We raised this but they didn't take it ff the bill. So be prepared for communication problems!
As for drinks, I didn't have wine just a couple of lager beers. Have to say the choice was extremely limited and mostly pricey tiny bottles. So I went for whatever was on draft, just one or two choices and it wasn't nice and was expensive.
I don't mind paying top whack for absolute top notch, but it isn't quite that. Add where it is ie. West Drayton, a very run down town with nowhere nice to have a drink before or after your meal (George and Dragon is only nearby pub, ok but nothing special), plus the dated restaurant interior and I'm sorry but the overall experince doesn't justify the price tag.
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