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“Food is Terrible! Service is Terrible!”
Review of Nine Dragons

Nine Dragons
Ranked #691 of 5,943 Restaurants in Sydney
Price range: $24 - $40
Cuisines: Asian, Chinese
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Neighborhood: Chinatown
Description: Nine Dragons is a stalwart of Sydney’s Chinatown, and is a family owned and operated restaurant that serves classic Cantonese cuisine in a relaxed setting. Nestled in the heart of Chinatown, Nine Dragons’ atmosphere makes it an ideal venue for enjoying all day yum cha with family and friends. Chow down on fluffy pork buns, juicy dumplings during yum cha hours, enjoy a long banquet with multiple courses, or simply order traditional specialties like sesame prawn toast, sweet and sour pork or lamb with X.O sauce from the A La Carte menu.
Calgary, Canada
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
“Food is Terrible! Service is Terrible!”
Reviewed March 20, 2013

I honestly had the worst oriental dinner ever. I only came here because of a tour group.There's probably heaps of places in Chinatown as well as other parts of Sydney I'd rather go to for better oriental food. I mean, the fish was soggy, too much soy sauce in the fish, sweet and sour pork was not crispy at all. Even the sauce for the sweet and sour pork was horrible! I will never ever come back to Nine Dragons!

  • Visited January 2013
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Brisbane
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46 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Average food, what service??”
Reviewed February 10, 2013 via mobile

So many restaurants to choose from in china town, I can't help be disappointed that we chose the wrong one.
It took 20 minutes for anyone to address us after initially seating us. Our entree and one of the main meals came out before our first round of drinks, and the second main that we ordered never arrived! The wait staff were scurrying like crazy crabs and seemed to overlook our table of two for the larger groups. The food tasted slightly bland, but was more impressive than the lack of service. Won't go back

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Auckland
Level 5 Contributor
44 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“less than average service, food not bad.”
Reviewed January 31, 2013

I could almost cut and paste the review from 'dnanicetravels' on 2 Jan. Went for 9pm yum cha after walking up and down dixon street looking for a place to introduce some out of town friends to yum cha. Took ages to be served, no trolleys came round (didnt tell us till 10 min after we sat down it was a 'order of the menu' yum cha). food was ok though. I may go again but id be sure to be for forward with the staff to get things moving in a timely fashion. ps the restaurant was about an 1/8th full with at least 6-8 staff meandering around.

  • Visited January 2013
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Level 5 Contributor
53 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Delicious food but the worst service ever!”
Reviewed January 2, 2013

Eight of us ate at this restaurant on a Wednesday evening. We strolled in choosing the restaurant at random. Some of the party had eaten in Chinatown on previous occasions and were sorely disappointed with the food so we were a little dubious. In any case there was no need. The food was absolutely excellent. We all had dim sum, soup then various main courses. All of it was very good indeed.
Our major gripe was with the service. It was simply appalling. The staff were miserable, rude and incompetent. Including the older lady who seemed to be front of house. We asked for several things that simply didn't arrive and we had to ask and ask again for some of our main course dishes to be served that were missing.
So 4/5 stars for the food 1 star for the service. Would we return? Probably. So I've given it a 4 overall.

  • Visited January 2013
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Sydney, Australia
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Should be shut down!”
Reviewed December 6, 2012

For my daughters 15th birthday, five of us chose to dine at The Nine Dragons, Dixon street Sydney. And unfortunately will we remember the occasion for all the wrong reasons.
We should have left the moment we were bustled in by an older staff member who was aggressive and rude in her approach. It was an omen we didn't heed.
The first dish of food brought to our table was cold and very appetising. Back to the kitchen it was sent.
Then plate two and three arrived in which we found hairs, enough human hairs that we were pulling them out thick and thin. Oh and again one plate of food was ice cold.
By the time the next two dishes had arrived we were at the counter waiting to pay for our drinks. Walking past a large table of six I over heard a woman say "this is the worst food I have ever had." Ditto .

  • Visited May 2012
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Thank Marion D
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