When someone told me the basement of Woolworths was now a Chinese I found it hard to imagine. They said it was really good, I checked TA and saw the majority of reviews were very good so decided to give it a try. We went for lunch today, Saturday and as I walked down the steps (there is a lift) realised there had been quite a transformation. It was a truly Chinese restaurant ambiance, really nicely furnished with comfy dining chairs and a variety of seating arrangements from a table for two to an area for larger parties. We were approached as soon as we entered by a member of staff who took us immediately to a table and explained how to use the buffet. Quite simply you can visit as many times as you want and help yourself to as many dishes as you like.
The variety is excellent. Plates are piping hot and there's a wide range of starters, chicken and sweetcorn soup, prawn crackers, crispy chicken or crispy veg with pancakes and much more.
The mains included a variety of chicken dishes, beef, duck, vegetable and plenty of choices of rice as well as chips. I'd be shocked if you don't find food you enjoy here. It's all fresh and constantly replenished.
The dessert choices are similarly varied with lovely little fruit tartlets with cream, petite profiteroles, fresh fruit, hot sponge puddings with custard and a soft ice cream machine 'Mr Whippy' type to fill a cornet or put onto your dessert of choice.
As it was Saturday lunchtime in the school holidays there were quite a few families with children of all ages enjoying the buffet experience, learning about how to make choices and the staff were very good with them all.
I can really recommend the restaurant and the food and will certainly be visiting again.
Before leaving I visited the ' ladies' and whilst really well appointed with beautiful tiling and waterfall taps, the toilet paper had not been replenished and one toilet was completely blocked. Looking at the schedule on the wall where checks were recorded, it was obvious no-one had done a check all day. This may have been a one off........?
Overall the visit was really good, food fab, ambiance great, lovely serving staff and excellent value for money.
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