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#3,650 of 15,114 Restaurants in London
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Chinese, Asian
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Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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1.3 miles from Royal Air Force Museum London
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All reviews sweet and sour chicken prawns rice ribs food is excellent
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We'd been many years ago and thought it was overpriced with small to average portion size. We thought we'd try it again to see if things had changed as it was my wife's birthday. We were warmly welcomed and the ambiance was good but the...main thing, the food was overpriced, tasteless and bland. A disappointing evening. Sad to say I won't be going back or recommending it to others.More

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Stupendous overpricing. £40 for half a crispy duck, £25 for crispy beef. £11.80 for rice with diced standard veg. Food was average. Meat was wrapped in something soft and doughy. Average service and 13% service charge. Not 12.5% , let’s round it UP !

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Top quality restaurant with plenty of available on street parking. The welcome was warm, staff friendly and attentive throughout our visit. Then there was the food. It was about as good as it gets. Portion sizes were generous and flavours exceptional. Not the cheapest restaurant...by any standards, but as they say, you get what you pay for and we certainly got it. We will definitely be back.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 21 January 2024

Ridiculous prices for food just a nudge above takeaway standard. Not only is the wine overpriced as per many restaurants, but a single takeaway style main dish - £24 on average, and fried rice by the thimble full - £8.80. The Welcome is like when...they open the GP surgery at 8:30am, and you are constantly aware that there are two sittings as each course is rushed. Portion sizes are meagre and so you either leave hungry, or spend around £80 per head with drinks. When you get the Bill, I’m tempted to say to the waitress what my dear late Dad used to say - I just want to pay for my food, not buy a share in the business… I wont ever be going back.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 7 January 2024 via mobile

Having been to the good earth a few times over the last 6 years on my last visit late on a Saturday for a birthday meal it will probably be my last. Now the restaurant is sat very near a main thoroughfare which it takes...advantage of booking is required as its always fairly busy but I cannot fathom why it is still so popular. Let’s start with the meals. The menu is limited and the recent prices rises have mains at £24 and a basic egg fried rice at £8.80! Now the food is ok but I wouldn’t call it a la carte. Essentially its Chinese takeaway served nicely on plates! You are simply paying the privilege of eating at a table. Let’s look at the service. Greeted well at the door but after that is pretty much when the pleasantries ended. After being given our menus no less than three wait staff asked to take drinks orders. Do they not have a section of tables to look after? Then the food order was taken. Usually Prawn Crackers are delivered with your drinks but not this time, we had our starters and had to ask for prawn crackers. As soon as the starters had been delivered a small plate of hot towels were literally thrown onto the table. By the time we needed the hot towels they had become cold wet rolled towels. They used to offer proper face towels but have now gone with the disposable style. So the duck. Lovely duck again no more than standard takeaway food and once again after the duck was shredded we took a bite of our first pancake and the hot towels ceremoniously landed on the table - by now I was starting to wonder if we had offended someone and started to feel like I was being given the Bums rush! With the duck completed we waited for our mains and waited and waited then our mains come out with our final dish arriving around five minutes later. Oh and there are the hot towels again!! The desert menu is not worth it in my opinion battered apple or banana, lychees or ice cream is essentially all thats on offer. The bill for four people with a round of Sake some alcohol and soft drinks and the food comes to just under £300!! This is insane for just four people. That includes the 13% service charge and you are still prompted to leave a tip when presented with the card machine!! If youve got more money than sense knock yourself out.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 7 January 2024

I have been going to the Good Earth for 20 years, my family have been going since it opened. Over the last couple of years the prices have crept up (imo far higher than average prices are rising) but we’ve still enjoyed going. For the...first time this weekend I left wishing I hadn’t gone. Nearly £300 for 4 people. Admittedly 4 courses and drinks but over £50 a head is madness in itself, but teamed with average food and awful service is much worse. Plates cleared before everyone is finished, hot towels placed on the table at the same time as food, making us feel like we needed to hurry and their purpose (HOT towels) being redundant after going cold, plates and baskets slammed onto the table. These are things I feel I shouldn’t be having to complain about at £75 a head. There are many other bits I could mention but this would become an essay. We are massively disappointed and I personally won’t be going back and spending my own money. I understand prices have risen, they may be trying to cover more tables, and they may be more under pressure but they’re losing lifelong customers.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 18 November 2023 via mobile

I have been here before a long time ago and always had a good experience. We went last week and I nearly fell off my chair when I read the menu and saw the prices. Soups were £10.80 and mains , such as sweet and...sour chicken were £24, plus service charge. The food and service were fine but in the end I would guess we ordered less or had less variety than I might usually have. Whilst the food was good it was not any different to any good Chinese. Even top places like Phoenix Palace are lower priced , and more like £15 -£17 for a main dish. It was busy which is a good sign. Just a shame it was so expensive. 4.5 stars but I’d give it 3.5 for the high prices.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 3 November 2023

DO NOT BOOK THIS RESTAURANT. TERRIBLE!! I FOUND MULTIPLE HAIRS IN MY FOOD AND THEY DIDNT EVEN APOLOGISE

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 24 September 2023

Very disappointing. Went there years ago so decided to visit this high-end Chinese restaurant for our wedding anniversary. Very different - very bright lights, too many tables packed into a smallish area - no ambience. Hubby and I couldn’t hear each other across the table...as it was so noisy. Service and food was good but at £141 for a meal for 2 it should be. Won’t be going back.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 22 September 2023

My wife and I wanted a tasty but quick lunch on Wednesday and decided to go to the Good Earth, a place that we had visited a number of times and liked. I had looked at the menu and prices before booking and was taken...back by the prices for the main courses - almost all in excess of £20. Expecting to get high quality food for that price and only wanting starters and a shared main we decided to go for it. I should add that the other semi-local quality Chinese restaurant that we use (in Swiss Cottage) charges almost half the GE's prices but, sadly does not open for lunch on that day. Our meal choice was a simple one. My wife chose spring rolls and my choice was crab and sweet corn soup. We shared a plate of sweet and sour chicken and one of noodles. The starters arrived quickly and these were ordinary. The spring rolls had little taste and were overcooked and the soup was bland, lacked seasoning and rather tasteless. At the price (£10.8) I expected to receive more than a few shreds of crab. Then on to the main course. The sweet and sour chicken had the unsubtle taste that I would expect from a high street Chinese restaurant, sharp and rather unpleasant and certainly not worth £23.80. The "fresh fruits" comprised a couple of chunks of a rather tasteless fruit that we could not identify. The noodles had an unpleasant taste and poor value at £9.80. The unsatisfactory meal cost us £63.00 and we decided that while prices had been increased significantly at the restaurant, quality and value had certainly gone down. Very disappointing. Service was very good and speedy (only one other table was taken) and the staff was extremely helpful to my wife who is disabled and had difficulty getting over the three steps at the entrance - other restaurants we have used provide ramps in these circumstances.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 9 September 2023 via mobile

While the service was impeccable, the food was very average/below average and yet the prices were outrageous. I have no qualms about paying good money for a great experience but our group of 4 couples came away feeling as if we had been robbed. The...portion sizes were not at all generous and the food did not taste completely fresh. Also worth noting is that there are no disabled toilet facilities on the ground floor- this proved a major issue with one member of our party.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 12 August 2023

Beautiful food, prompt, attentive and very friendly service. Piping got food, clearly freshly cooked. Amazing flavours. Loved our trip for my birthday and will definitely go back

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 5 August 2023

The place was very busy on this weekend visit. It has remained at the very expensive end of the pricing scale but it is clearly successful such that they can be inflexible over requests for minor menu deviations. But the food is very good, so...that overall it rates as Very GoodMore

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 5 August 2023

Yesterday out of the blue decided to visit The Good Earth, Mill Hill branch. Parking was easy to find for a change and I hadn’t booked, so it was a gamble which paid off, since booked customer failed to show. We were warmly received by...the manager and quickly showed to a very decent table. The adventure of The Good Earth started from herein. We ordered Jasmine tea, which was outstanding in flavour and generously served in a hot metal pot. Next was the obligatory Sake, again served at the right temperature and quantity. The flavour was simply out of this world. Next we ordered quarter duck which arrived with generous amount of shredded meat and pan cakes. We still had pancakes left over, unlike other establishments. The entire team here are highly focused on delivering a superior service. Next we had steamed sea bass which was presented, so well that it was a crime to start devouring it. The presentation is simply epic. The seasoning was spot on as was the temperature of the filleted fish. Not a single bone, since it was expertly cooked. The egg fried rice came in a solid bamboo container with a lid and spoon, so to keep it at optimal temperature. After this banquet, we didn’t have room to try their desserts. But next time we shall do. We regularly visit Knightsbridge branch for lunch, but here the entire experience is on a different level. Thank you to all the staff and management for a really superb service and evening. Regards, SanjayMore

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 29 July 2023 via mobile

Definitely one of the best Chineses we have ever had. We only collect takeaways as appose to eating in but the food stays perfect in the containers they come in. Genuinely good quality when so many other takeaways sell such poor food. It is definitely...on the more expensive side but the price does reflect the quality in my opinion. We have the duck starter, chicken and black bean, sweet and sour chicken, egg fried rice, kung pao chicken and chicken chow mein which is all consistently good. It is our go to Chinese now anytime we fancy one.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Response from alexl609 | Reviewed this property |
If you're a woman, yes. If you're a man, maybe not. Especially if you have hairy legs. Actually that would apply to women too!
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Response from hamida k | Reviewed this property |
Yes I believe so - as so many people from China are muslims, The Good Earth must take this into account. However, just to be on the safe side, check with members of their staff.
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Response from Gerald W | Reviewed this property |
No sure, they do a number of veterinarian dishes, think there is a menu on their web site, why not contact the manager at Mill Hill
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  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 3
  • Atmosphere: 4