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“Great food, disinterested service”
Review of Cafe de China

Cafe de China
Ranked #109 of 201 Restaurants in Margate
Cuisines: Chinese
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed January 2, 2013

Have been to Cafe de China several times. It's a fixed price menu, all-you-can-eat menu. But all the food is freshly cooked, so you order your 'buffet' as you go along. For value for money and quality at the price, it's just about unbeatable.
On entering the restaurant this time, the atmosphere seemed different from the start. It turns out that the previous owner has left to set up another restaurant elsewhere. So while the food was as good as ever, the service was very inattentive. While they were quick to take drinks orders, they ignored us when we were trying to order food. I got the impression that this was quite deliberate given the fixed price menu model; minimise the amount of food ordered and maximise the amount of drinks.
Because of the overall experience I can only mark them as 'average'. But I must stress that this would not stop me eating there in future when in the area. I'll continue to enjoy their great food at a great price but re-set my expectations for the service standards.

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Thank TonyfromSolihull
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Reviewed December 16, 2012

The food is excellent and eat as much as you like. The service is first class, attentive but not over powering. Even when completely full there are no delays in serving food or drinks. Extremely good value and we would reccomend it whole heartedly.

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Thank Stevensattrip
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Reviewed December 16, 2012

Went here for my 40th birthday. Food and service was excellent and we all went away from the restaurant totally satisfied.

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Thank Scott1712
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Reviewed November 23, 2012

The Cafe de China is the "go to" place for me and my friends for almost any occasion. The food is amazing, and the staff are the most welcoming and friendly I've ever met.

The area it is located in might not be the best, but parking is good and it's well worth the visit.

In the warmer months, the seafront is the perfect place to walk off a full belly.

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Thank chrisgunton
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Reviewed October 4, 2012

Fairly regular visitor here and they have really upped the ante. Excellent Satays and Prawn dishes, top notch Lemon Chicked and all in all a good dining experience. With a lot of 'all you can eat' places, you go to a counter and help yourself and it can be hit and miss. Here it's all cooked fresh when you order.
Tried their sister restaurant in Canterbury and was disappointed so it was a pleasure to come back to the Margate outlet and enjoy the food.

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Thank Bodecas
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