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“All you can eat al la carte”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of China house

China house
Ranked #40 of 80 Restaurants in Reigate
Cuisines: Chinese, Asian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Kids, Families with children, Large groups
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Delivery, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Description: Opposite Reigate Train Station
Reigate, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
“All you can eat al la carte”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 26, 2013

Lovely food, lots of choice, good wine.

Gets busy but is definitely recommended if you're feeling hungry!

  • Visited March 2013
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“go there during working days or avoid Saturdays”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 24, 2013 via mobile

Some of the weekend days they just overcrowded and there are only 4 waiters serving 22 tables if you prefer quiter atomosphere please just don't go on fridays Saturdays even on Sunday it's quiter than thoese two days!!!

  • Visited February 2013
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Walsall, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Still of a good standard”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 7, 2013

Visited china house on the 7/4/13 for a family meal. After reading the previous reviews was a little apprehensive as i had heard the place had changed management and wasn't as good. The service was friendly, welcoming and efficient. Plenty of food choice, the restaurant was clean and the tables were kept very clean throughout the meal. We had the mixed starters all of which were hot and fresh. Followed by duck and pancakes which came de-boned again fresh and tasty. Followed by a range of mains with noodles and rice. For an all you can eat establishment the food was a decent quality and the service was good. The price was also very reasonable at £13 for a sunday lunch. Would go there again and would recommend. For anyone new coming here please be advised that they do charge a 10% service charge automatically.

  • Visited April 2013
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Redhill, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“CHINA HOUSE RESTAURANT IN REIGATE – AVOID, AVOID, AVOID!!!!!!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 5, 2013

China House restaurant in Reigate – avoid, avoid, avoid!!!!!!

Why? We wanted to take our daughters out for their first Chinese meal and thought that the china house looked quite nice. Big mistake!

When we arrived no one explained that there were two dining options – buffet and al a carte.
We ordered mixed starters – about 4 in total - and within 3 minutes it was put on our table – all dumped on one plate and it wasn’t even freshly prepared (microwave job!) The food was disgusting – i wouldn’t let our children try it.

We asked the waitress why our starters had come on one plate and we discovered were being served buffet style. We were then told that there was an al a carte menu so we switched.

On asking how much we would be charged for the small pile of disgusting fried buffet food (on one plate!) we were told £18! Given that half of Peking duck with pancakes cost £13.50 on the a la carte menu we felt we were being ripped off. We could have also ordered a whole takeaway meal for £18.

On challenging the price a male waiter appeared and said that he didn’t want our business and that we should pay and go.

We also noticed these odd notes on the menus warning people that if they opted for the buffet menu and over-ordered / left food that they would be charged additional a la carte prices for every gram!

Overall impression is that this restaurant has no care or consideration for their dinners / customers – it’s all about cheap, warmed up overpriced food. They are in it for the profit only.
My daughters were so disappointed as they were looking forward to the meal – and they commented after about how rude the man in the restaurant was.

My advice is don’t risk it!

  • Visited April 2013
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London UK
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“Still great”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 30, 2013

Hadn't been for a while, but went for lunch on a quiet Friday. It was even better than i remembered. Chinese food is best cooked fresh, and every dish we had was hot, crisp and flavourful. Its standard fare, but all very good - particularly the prawn dishes and the seasonal veg in garlic sauce. Service was spot on too (although it was quiet so they weren't stretched). Very good value. Can't wait to go again!

  • Visited March 2013
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Thank Sencybil
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