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“Big portions but...”
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Ranked #952 of 1,414 Restaurants in Nottingham
Cuisines: Chinese
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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64 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Big portions but...”
Reviewed 5 August 2013

We went to try the As Much As You Like session one Sunday, which is great value for the main dishes. The portion size of mains is huge and would be great for cheap, good quality food with a large party of friends.

However, the starters weren't great (very greasy, and gloopy soup), and there is nothing on the menu to indicate portion size, flavours, spice rating, or suitability for special diets such as nuts. We asked our server to explain some of the dishes we hadn't heard of and all she could really communicate was whether it was hot/sweet/spicy. We picked 2 dishes we knew and 2 we didn't. The girl didn't understand when we asked if rice was counted as one of our 2 choices per person. My husband has a peanut allergy and it turned out one of the unfamiliar dishes we tried was full of peanuts and quite spicy which I'm not keen on, but we knew he couldn't eat it and there is nothing in the menu rules that allows for this kind of situation: all we knew was that if you don't finish it, you have to pay regular menu price for it. We also had no idea the portions would be so big so we had a LOT of food, but as the place was empty except for us the server was watching us the whole time, so we felt like we had to try getting through everything which made us feel rather uncomfortable in numerous ways!

The bar side of the restaurant is very modern and plush while the restaurant is very boring in comparison with cheap plastic table-covers - I wish we could have eaten on the other side and at least had a better atmosphere and more customers besides ourselves. Staff training could also be improved - the waitress took our payment card away from us into the other room while retrieving the card machine which we felt was bad practice, so we trailed her through the building just to keep our card in sight.

The quality and value of main dishes is good though, so if you want plenty of food for a very reasonable price it's a good place to go, however trying to find out what is actually on the menu is quite difficult with the staff's limited English and allergy sufferers need to be careful what they pick.

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank MrsWS-2013
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“Prime time Saturday night, no Barman to make Cocktails”
Reviewed 12 April 2013

popped into this bar/restaurant on a Saturday night about 8pm, sat down went through their extensive cocktail menu, went to bar to order, staff unable to serve us cocktails as the cocktail barman was not working (seriously) forced to order alternative drinks and had the worst ever pint of draft Asahi Beer, If i was them i would lose the bar, or train up the rest of staff on shop floor to make cocktails,

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank Nottm_UKBowbow
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“Loved it”
Reviewed 20 November 2012

There were 2 of us so we went for the All You Eat menu which cost £11.95. You get to pick 2 dishes each from the starters and mains, so we had 4 dishes between us. You just keep ordering until you can eat no more!! The food is cooked to order, the food always came out hot, crispy, and was very tasty, we definitely got our money’s worth, and are planning to go back again. Would definitely recommend it, the only thing is that this offer isn’t on during the month of December ;(

  • Visited November 2012
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Thank Tania C
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