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“Very limited buffet”

Mandarin House Chinese Buffet Restaurant
Ranked #188 of 256 Restaurants in Taunton
Price range: US$14 - US$25
Cuisines: Chinese
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Good for: Kids, Child-friendly, Groups
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
2 reviews
“Very limited buffet”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2014

I was visiting Taunton for the weekend with my wife and fancied a change from hotel food. Looked on the Mandarins website and was sold on their offer of over 100 dishes. Was hard pressed to count more than 28 and that included counting chips and icecream. If we had paid £8 or £9 for a lunchtime sitting we might of understood the small choice on offer. We paid £15 per head and were disappointed that we had been lured in under the false pretence of over 100 dishes. What wad on offer was average and very slowly replenished. Would only recommend for a lunch. Poor value for an evening sitting.

  • Visited April 2014
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English first
Taunton, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“No hassle, after cinema treat ”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 April 2014 via mobile

Decided to call in after a visit to the cinema. Warm welcome from the waiter, quickly seated, drinks ordered and off we went to chose our food.

Great choice, well stocked and can't fault it :)

Would return with hesitation

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Taunton, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Good selction and tasty chinese food.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2014

Good selction and tasty chinese food.Clean and tidy together with good friendly service. Recommended for all occasions.

  • Visited March 2014
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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“Exactly Average.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 March 2014

I think people are a little too harsh on this place. Having been to quite a few Chinese buffets before, I can say that this place is very average. Food wasn't too bad, a little cold though, but tasted nice.
The main let down for Mandarin is its lack of choice, excluding egg rice, noodles and 'starter' type foods such as spring rolls, chicken sticks, prawn crackers and prawn toast I can recall roughly 12 dishes. This included standard Chinese dishes like chicken curry, chicken and mushrooms, stir fry veg and duck pancakes, basically you wont find anything new and different here. Desserts were very basic, fruit, jelly, ice cream and a few cakes.
Staff could have been a little more helpful, especially with clearing used plates away, but despite that they were quite polite.
In conclusion, pretty good food despite lack of options, atmosphere was a little dead but that could vary depending on what day it is (Tuesday in my case, roughly 7PM), personally I might go again if I'm in the area, but that shouldn't stop other people from just trying it.

6/10

  • Visited March 2014
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“Would this be better under new management? not much...”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 February 2014

Since my review in September 2012 and after vowing never ever to go back, we decided to see what it was like under the new management..

The harsh and unnecessary notices on the door were still there, not good for PR

The welcome: this was pleasant enough, at least we received a smile from the lady behind the bar and we didn't feel intimidated as we were by the previous owners. She was genuinely pleased to see us

Staff: There was one attentive and polite young man serving and not, as before numerous people swarming around like flies trying to look 'busy'

Food: Disappointing! Not really that tasty, cold sweet & sour pork which to me didn't taste much like pork.. cold and cardboard like pancakes and the crispy duck was cold also - the satay chicken overcooked; but the rice was nice as were the mixed veg. On the whole the food was luke warm and am not sure what they can do to rectify this. Must be difficult seeing it's a buffet

Drinks {beer/cider}: I feel these should be served via a normal bottle brought to the table as opposed to be served in a large glass filled from a wholesale large bottle from behind the bar. Perhaps that's just me, but I prefer to see where it comes from

Service: attentive

Cleanliness: The tables were clean, as was the buffet area. The public ladies toilet too was clean, as was the gents as informed to me by my husband

Would we go back? No too sure, probably not - sorry

  • Visited February 2014
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