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“Just an average chinese, nothing special” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of China Diner

China Diner
Ranked #6 of 61 Restaurants in Beaconsfield
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Chinese, Asian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Special occasions, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Delivery, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Amersham
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150 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
“Just an average chinese, nothing special”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 17, 2013

We visited China Diner last night, a Saturday. We were inspired to go by the many glowing reviews here on TA.

The restaurant was packed by 7pm, clearly very popular with repeat diners, they also had a large number of take-away customers too. This place is very popular, no doubting that. However, having sampled 3 courses (Spring Rolls, Prawns in Rice Paper, Crispy Duck/Pancakes and Sweet & Sour Chicken with special fried rice) we were left with a decidedly average feeling.

Spring rolls: filled with just bean sprouts, no other vegetables, very bland
Rice-paper wrapped prawns: again bland, no dipping sauce other than regular soy offered
Crispy Duck: bland and lacked seasoning, hoisin sauce was thin and flavourless
Sweet & sour chicken, a pre-cooked fillet of chicken coated in a soft and un-crispy batter, sliced and placed in a serving plate which then had sauce poured over it. We suspect if you order lemon chicken you get the same fillet with a different pour-on sauce. These dishes are meant to be cooked in the sauce.
Yueng-chow rice: no bbq pork, frozen prawns, no sesame oil, very poorly seasoned. Again bland.

The food wasn't outstanding in it's flavour or presentation, it didn't excite. Quantity was good, we certainly left feeling full. It was all just OK, average fare. Not authentic. By way of contrast: a visit to any of the many restaurants in Chinatown in London would result in a much better, more authentic dining experience with far tastier food. We're genuinely puzzled as to why this place is so very popular.

The decor is a curious mix of traditional chinese decoration blended with modern design wallpaper and smoked glass chandeliers. The only part that resembles a 'diner' are the series of black leather booths down the left side of the restaurant. The rest of the seating is traditional tables and chairs. It's almost as if this place doesn't quite know what it is or wants to be, there's a lack of congruence between the hint at contemporary design and the traditional fare on offer. As you sit down you think to yourself 'well, this is different/funky' and then the very average and bland-tasting food comes. It's a let-down.

As we left we decided we won't be coming back to China Diner, choosing instead to explore some of the other Chinese restaurants in the Beaconsfield area for a more authentic experience.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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English first
Prestwood
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Love this place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 31, 2013

We love going to the China Diner as a couple or as a family. We have been here many times over and over and it never seems to fail us. We came here on Saturday with some friends, they had booked the table almost a week earlier and were told that fitting us in was a struggle. However we expected it being a weekend we took the later time suggested.
We ordered the Chef's Gourmet for just over £20 per person for a four course banquet. The starters were excellent, duck was nice and crispy and the King Prawns in the main were so nice and pretty large. To end the meal the toffee bananas were so well done and cold ice cream with the hot toffee was wonderful.
Staff were attentive at all times, although the restaurant was extremely busy we never felt the staff didn't have time for us and they always had our wine topped up and courses out in reasonable time.
We enjoy the food every time and we have never have had a bad meal. Most friends say that they go there too so it must be well worth a visit.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Fred M
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Beaconsfield, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Disappointing”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 30, 2013

All together a disappointing visit. Even the coke I ordered was not as expected as it was flat, poured from a 2ltr bottle that had clearly been opened the night before. The dumplings were stodgy and the contents were completely tasteless. The kind of starter I’d expect to buy frozen from Iceland. The mixed meat noodle and vegetable main course had no vegetables at all and didn’t look at all appetising. They took it back and added more vegetables which was good but the taste was still absent. Only a generous helping of soya sauce and a completely empty stomach made it edible.
If you are the kind of person that is impressed by having your coat taken at the door, chandeliers hanging from the roof and décor perhaps this is the place for you. If you want good food then you are better off with the Chinese take away across the road.
Never again.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Jennifer M
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London, England, United Kingdom
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39 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Enjoyable experience”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 27, 2013

This was the second time we've visited this restaurant. We were just as impressed this time as we were the last time.
China Diner is probably the best Chinese restaurant in the area both for service and food. The starters were freshly prepared - spring rolls weren't greasy and the spare ribs weren't dry. I had the sliced lamb with ginger and onion, which was very good as was the sweet and sour prawns my son had. All in all, good quality food at a reasonable price. Would recommend!

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank DKtn
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Beaconsfield, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Brilliant!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 16, 2013

Really fab restaurant. Good atmosphere and attentive service. The Chef is excellent and dishes are brought to your table freshly cooked and whisked from the kitchen and always in great condition and pipping hot. Always look forward to our visits. Do try the Prawns and Ginger - wonderful!

Visited December 2012
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3 Thank Philip R
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