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“I keep going back”

Mei Lin Chinese Restaurant
Ranked #168 of 1,526 Restaurants in Helsinki
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Chinese
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Reading, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
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“I keep going back”
Reviewed 23 July 2014

I go to Helsinki at least 4 times a year and now rarely eat anywhere else. Must now have been around 20 times, never been less than excellent. Food is always great, particularly for those of us who love Szechuan. Staff are always friendly and helpful.

  • Visited June 2014
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  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • Finnish first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
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English first
Jerusalem, Israel
Level 6 Contributor
146 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Unexpected attitude spoiled a reasonable meal.”
Reviewed 5 July 2014 via mobile

We ordered two simple dishes. One of them, a beef and onion dish, had a stone in it. When we complained, the owner (I think) said that the drinks would be free. When we asked for the bill, she "generously" gave us a 10% discount on ONE dish. In money terms, €1.5 ...

When we complained she grudgingly gave us back €2, i.e., the price of a coke. Needless to say, we didn't leave a tip...

Visited July 2014
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Pietarsaari, Finland
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Best chinese so far”
Reviewed 8 June 2014

Mei Lin is a very good chinese restaurant which strives to have as authentic chinese food as possible. The interior is not too big, you have to sit very close to each other but it gives the place a certain atmosphere. We tried some pork and chicken this time, but I want to visit again and try their hot-pot which looked delish!

  • Visited February 2014
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London, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
211 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
“Yummy, filling, generous.”
Reviewed 29 April 2014

This place is in the design district and not difficult to find. We went when most places were closed so it was nice to find refuge.

The menu was extensive and it also had pics of the food, which I normally don't like but in this case it really helped because chinese food varies from country to country. Service was welcoming and professional.

The food was quite tasty, it was standard chinese (I'm not sure it was true traditional, but I don't know it anyway) and it really was flavoursome, but also plentiful! dishes were huge and we ordered 2, but could have really done with one! first HUGE bowl of rice is free and they charge you from the second onwards (you won't need it, trust me). Free speedy WiFi.

Will I go back? yeah, go on!

  • Visited April 2014
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Helsinki, Finland
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
“Yummy hotpot on a chilly Spring day”
Reviewed 23 April 2014

We went here on April 23 for hot pot. It's a small, homey restaurant, with a Chinese chef (the orders had to be written in Chinese, so he could understand. That's authentic Chinese food!). It's located very nicely, on a quiet street but not far from Kamppi. The staff was very nice and friendly, and very happy to explain portion size, and what goes with what, and so on. Overall a very nice experience.

As mentioned, we got the hot pot. We paid 28 euros per person, but we each received a LOT of food. We could pick 3 meat toppings (sliced beef, pork, lamb, fish, crab sticks, dumplings and so on), and 3 vegetables (tofu skin, lettuce, black mushrooms, rice noodles, tofu, noodles etc.). After we ordered another waiter came out and said we could actually pick 6 (!!) toppings from each column, so we decided to double up some of our meat and veggies. As it turns out, we didn't need to, there was so much food, the soup and dipping perfectly complimented each other, and the spicy broth was delicious. The restaurant was quiet, about 10 people ended up eating there, which I guess you can expect for a Wednesday evening, but it's a shame, since the restaurant was quite lovely, and the food YUMMY!

  • Visited April 2014
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