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“Not swanky, but fine food”
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jewel tavern
Cuisines: Chinese
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Midlands UK
Level 6 Contributor
123 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 136 helpful votes
“Not swanky, but fine food”
Reviewed January 29, 2011

If you stay at the Holiday Inn (pretty good, no complaints) you won’t be eating at the hotel, there is no restaurant. From the hotel, literally on the corner just outside, is the optimistically named ‘Gourmet Chinese’, with the claim of being the best one in town … how to prove?? but none the less should be good. It’s not a spectacular setting or layout inside, something of a café feel but it’s clean and tidy. But the food – it’s very reasonably priced and excellent quality. The three of us, including two French really liked it, the cooks made relatively ordinary selections very nice. Service was excellent, the food very big portions and the calamari in white pepper and salt, and scallops in chilli delicious. Go for it.

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Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Check the bill before paying”
Reviewed December 1, 2010

We fancied a Chinese meal for dinner and came across Jewel.
Service was slow, even though the place was empty - 2/3 people inside.
Waiter not very friendly, and the food was a bit bland, but the crunch came upon asking for the bill. A 10% service charge had been added for 3 people, without said waiter notifying us of the fact, and had I not checked the original bill before singing the credit card slip, I would have paid twice for a service that wasn't deserving. When questioned, we were told that 'they' work hard, and add the tip because some people never do.
Perhaps 'he' needs to read this and then he will know why.
PS...on the way out we heard another group complaining of exactly the same thing, so it would seem that we are not the only ones who don't agree with their way of charging their customers.

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