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“Disappointing birthday meal”

Imperial Oriental Restaurant
Ranked #113 of 563 Restaurants in Northampton
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Chinese
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Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Description: This used to be called The New Imperial Oriental Restaurant but their business card reads just Imperial Oriental Restaurant. (Visited 2 wks ago). They have an e-mail site: Imperialoriental@hotmail.com and their phone number is 01604 627111 / 621211
Reviewed 15 February 2014

Went here for my birthday today and I don't usually write reviews but felt that I need to let others know about how disappointed we have been... Staff were very slow and not really very friendly, each time we had finished a course they'd take our dishes and not offer to take out order for our next course but instead would go off and not come back for ages, if at all, so each time we had to get the attention of one of the waiting staff to ask to order... I think this is a ploy as the longer they can string it out the less hungry you'd be (as it takes 20 mins for your stomach to register food and therefore feel fuller quicker). The food was of medioka quality with the chicken of a strange soft and uncooked consistency... And to top it off when we ordered mains (and despite us ordering from the 'all you can eat' menu) The waitress appeared annoyed at the amount we wanted to order saying that it was too much, meaning we took off a few dishes, this made is feel very awkward and not at all impressed...not quite the all you can eat we'd hoped for!!!

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6  Thank JTeeakawilson
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Reviewed 14 January 2014

I love this place, always welcoming, fantastic food and at a great price. The buffet selection menu is varied and dishes brought to your table which can be changed or refilled as many times as you can manage. Only word of warning is that you may go up a size before you leave but well worth it.

2  Thank MrMarkBennettcom
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Reviewed 3 January 2014

Looked at all the choices available in Northampton town centre and decided to go to the Imperial.
Two lunch menu's on offer plus the main menu if you'd like it.
Give that the set menu's are such good value I'd say go for those, starters, soup and mains all for around £8 or £11 to include duck.
Give that its a buffet but the food is cooked fresh and brought to your table, you can't knock the value or the great taste.
Given that Aroma & Fusion plus other have all gone the way of the Dodo and the Imperial is still going strong after all these years, proves that they can provide the goods.
Would recommend this to anyone, especially any Wok Inn customers, come see how the food and service should be done.

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1  Thank Ken O O
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Reviewed 27 December 2013

Ive lived in the area for 13 years and only found thus place a few weeks ago!.
Great fresh cooked Chinese served in a pleasant environment at reasonable cost...what more can you ask for???

1  Thank Cas194
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Reviewed 12 December 2013

Contrary to some of the other reviews here, my last dining experience on Saturday and following the rugby, was excellent. we were running late and so i called to let them know and this was no problem. When we finally arrived the place was full but our table was waiting for us. The food as ever was excellent. the variety on offer, for example, over the Wok Inn, is massive and there has to be something there for everyone with so many regions of Asia covered. We especially love the starters with all of the little bits of fried spring onion and garlic to pick at. the duck is fab and the mains are wonderful. I live about 45 minutes away and so it is not always easy to get in to Northampton but if it's Chinese and it's Northampton, it has to be the Imperial Oriental every time. Great food, very good service and a decent price.

2  Thank rawe06
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