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“Saints is now MING'S”
Review of Saints Cafe - CLOSED

Saints Cafe
Price range: US$26 - US$53
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Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Description: We are a fully licenced independent CAFE & RESTAURANT in the centre of the beautiful BURY ST EDMUNDS, with an aim of providing a relaxed, inviting space where everything smells goods, tastes great and the staff are friendly. During the day, SAINTS is all about great breakfasts, brunches and lunches with emphasis on the tasty and the interesting.
Reviewed 22 April 2015

We had a wonderful meal here four weeks ago with friendly service and are
going again tomorrow for a pre-cinema meal. We asked the chef if he would be able
to do a two course meal in just over the hour and he obligingly said 'of course!!'.
If you have not already been, do try it. We told our neighbours about our excellent evening meal, only for them to tell us they had already been there three times!

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1  Thank Bernadette C
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Reviewed 18 March 2015

We went to Ming's or Saints in Bury st. Edmunds solely based on the good reviews it had received but were left rather disappointed.

This is a very confusing place to start with. I had thought from the reviews that the chinese side of things (Ming's) had taken over the coffee shop here which was Saints. I'd like to be able to explain the situation here but can't quite. It seems it is still both Saints the coffee house and Ming's, the Chinese restaurant at the same time and this is where the confusion starts.

From the outside on street level I think it is still Saints coffee house. We were ushered downstairs to a very small restaurant room where the only signs of it being a Chinese restaurant were three small red Chinese lanterns hanging along one wall. The decor was distinctly cafe vibe with jazz music playing. We were slightly confused.

The menu arrived and our disappointment deepened. Don't expect a conventional Chinese menu - it is not! There were about five starters to choose from, two noodle dishes and four or five other meals and that was it!

We have eaten at both the bottom end and very top end of the Chinese restaurant market. We love going to China Town in London to sample the terrific food there and our Chinese friend loves to cook us authentic Chinese meals whenever we visit him so we know our stuff here.

Hence we were disappointed at the choice. But we thought we'd soldier on - after all the place seems to have received very good reviews so the little choice there surely must be very good - mustn't it?

We had three starters to share between two adults and a child and thank goodness we did. The portions are small but the food we had was good - although I wouldn't say it was ground-breaking.

This was then followed by two of us having one of the noodle dishes and one having the chicken in black pepper sauce with egg-fried rice. Again the portions are small and quite frankly I think all of us could have eaten more. I would like to add here that we are not greedy pigs but the portion sizes just left us still hungry. We were underwhelmed by the food - it was OK.

So, still being hungry we looked at the desert menu. What is going on here???? The choice was cakes (obviously from the coffee house side of things) or I think you could have ice-cream/chocolate brownies. Mmm, not really very Chinese and you don't really eat chocolate fudge cake or carrot cake or whatever after an evening Chinese meal.

This place just left us confused on all levels. Either you are a coffee cafe OR a Chinese restaurant. Eating Chinese food while listening to Jazz in a room that looks like a cafe style restaurant and being offered slabs of gooey cake for desert just left our senses confused. Confused as to what it was/trying to be and confused as to why it had got such good reviews.

Unfortunately, we don't think its the best Chinese in Bury st. Edmunds and I'm afraid I wouldn't recommend it to friends.

Thank Piskietrix
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Reviewed 8 January 2015

What more can you ask for this is a wonderful place and better still you can take some of your favourites away

1  Thank GailBates
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Reviewed 5 January 2015

We've eaten here a few times and would highly recommend. A nice informal atmosphere with good service. The menu has a nice range of dishes, a good range for vegetarians with some interesting and appetising choices!

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1  Thank Daz M
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Reviewed 27 December 2014 via mobile

I really enjoyed my time at saints. If you want great coffee, food and atmosphere you must take a visit. We sat down stairs which has beautiful decor.

2  Thank Charlie N
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