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“Uninspired Western food in China”

Blue Marlin (Xinghai)
Ranked #17 of 748 Restaurants in Suzhou
Price range: $12 - $22
Cuisines: International
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Dining options: Late Night
Description: Blue Marlin known throughout China as a growing chain for great food, drinks, and live entertainment. Live bands and DJ's play music until the late hours. Come have dinner, drinks, and dance the night away. This is your "Home Away From Home".
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Level 6 Contributor
110 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
“Uninspired Western food in China”
Reviewed May 21, 2013

I've been here twice and am not impressed with the food. First, I had a cheeseburger and a happy hour beer for dinner. The cheeseburger was overcooked and dry. The fries were also dry and not worth putting in your mouth. I was a little dismayed at the 120 rmb bill (almost $20). I thought I'd give this place another try for a weekday lunch special. The quesadilla really wasn't that bad, although an unusual combination of fatty ground beef, mushrooms, onions and a little cheese. I kind of liked the flavor combo but the unnecessarily fatty beef was a little disgusting. A small amount of "salsa" on the side seemed to be about half oil. I was annoyed to see that the can of coke I ordered cost 22 rmb (about $3.50 USD). So once again, even with a 40% lunch discount for the quesadilla, I walked out paying much more than I thought the food was worth - 66 rmb. Probably from the oil, I ended up with a bathroom emergency. The service here was very good on both my visits. Although I live nearby, I am not planning on returning for a 3rd visit.

  • Visited May 2013
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Suzhou, China
Level 4 Contributor
23 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Be careful of two locations”
Reviewed April 30, 2013

They have opened another location in which the food is awful!
This is just a branding attempt, but the second place is really not up to quality

  • Visited April 2013
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Lichfield, UK
Level 5 Contributor
81 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“April work trip, good location, good food.”
Reviewed April 19, 2013 via mobile

Good location for some good, not great or wow but just good comfort food in nice surroundings, bar next door for a beer and pool, very pleasant evening, no hassle.

  • Visited April 2013
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Oulu
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Great beef but only average pizzas”
Reviewed April 6, 2013 via mobile

This place seems to be very popular between expats in Suzhou and well-to-do natives. Service is good and music is not too loud to disturb eating. Had a really good beef stake there anf flushed it down with excellent weissbier. Pizza on the other night was not so good, I mean it was not bad but as used to thick pan pizzas this was not perhaps of my taste. Restaurant is nicely divided to two areas: an eating area and bar area where live music by phillippino band is available. Always worth of checking. In total, nice experience. DC card holders be warned, card was accepted but for some reason it did not work during my visits on two successive weeks.

Visited April 2013
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Kilmarnock, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
59 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“great restaurant”
Reviewed March 19, 2013

great food in a good setting. situated right on the intersection of a couple of busy roads. two sides to the place - the restaurant and the bar. The restaurant is great, if at times a little busy, but that means its popular for a reason. great selection of food - thoroughly recommend the Goulash soup. the bar is always busy with the pool table difficult to get on. live music is common with the addition lately of some "sexy dancers".

  • Visited March 2013
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Thank highplaces73
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