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“Above par”

Panda Oriental Buffet Restaurant
Ranked #304 of 425 Restaurants in Sunderland
Price range: US$4 - US$10
Cuisines: Chinese
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
South Shields, United Kingdom
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70 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Above par”
Reviewed 6 February 2014

I've had mixed fortunes at other Chinese buffet outlets of late, but the Panda can always be relied on to provide a decent spread at a reasonable price.
Not much has changed there for some time. The double door entrance still somehow fails to keep the draughts out of the right side of the room. The food area can be a little cramped when it is busy. Beyond that though, it really not bad. I've never experienced food that is anything other than hot - maybe it varies 'off-peak'.
By Chinese restaurant standards, staff are quite cheerful and quickly remove empty dishes. Improvements? I'd like to see a hot and sour soup alternative to the current choices. A warning regarding presence of bones in some dishes may be helpful to younger families - some duck and chicken courses are not boned, and the meat is chopped, not carved, so small bone fragments can remain.

  • Visited January 2014
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English first
Berkeley, Ca
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140 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
“Cold”
Reviewed 26 December 2013 via mobile

Went on Boxing day, 6:30pm. We both tried several of the dishes and found seven individual pans of food all less than warm. That, added to the fact there were no warm plates, found the food, including the crispy duck, mussles, rice and the pork ribs unappealing due to their temperature.
Having complained after the first plateful of two of the dishes, and just finding more as we continued, we just gave up. We were offered free drinks at the till, which is the only thing we didn't complain about.
Twenty pounds for cold food is not what I call reasonable.

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Sunderland, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Fab food and service”
Reviewed 13 December 2013

We have visited this restaurant on numerous occasions and have never been disappointed. The variety of dishes is amazing. The service is impeccable. For a buffet restaurant the quality is unsurpassed and what fabulous value for money. Well done Panda. We will return again and again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Visited November 2013
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2 Thank keimar219
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39 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Good food”
Reviewed 16 November 2013 via mobile

I love chines food a lot so we decided to go for this place. They had sweet corn soup which was the best. They have a lot of variety in starters and mains. Lovely crispy chicken and crispy duck. They have some offers throughout the week. They serve good fried rice and noodles again a good selection of curries. Desserts tropical fruits, rice pudding, cakes and ice creams. The cake portions very big. Over all good service and nice food.

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73 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Bland ”
Reviewed 19 October 2013 via mobile

Food & deserts here are very bland
Poor quality
Been a couple of times & wouldn't go back.
Everything tastes the same !!!!

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