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Sichuan Garden Chinese
Ranked #211 of 467 Restaurants in Croydon
Cuisines: Chinese, Asian
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Good for: Child-friendly
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
London, United Kingdom
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713 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 361 helpful votes
“Very nice ”
Reviewed 29 March 2014 via mobile

Good, tasty food and quick delivery. The prawns were large and succulent in a delicious black bean sauce. The beef was really tender in the ginger and spring onion sauce. The prawn toast, duck and chicken satay were all great quality. The ribs however didn't have the honey BBQ sauce that we ordered. They came dry and hadn't been marinated. The food was a touch greasy. However, overall it was a delicious meal. Will return.

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london
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Dreadful food - threw it away uneaten - so disapointing under new management”
Reviewed 10 March 2014

We have been visiting the Sichuan Gardens in Coulsdon for the last 35 years, both eating in and take aways. Always loved the food - best Chinese ever eaten - fantastic service and atmosphere. But not any more -since the restaurant changed hands food is diabolical and service atrocious with rude waitresses, slow service, wrong orders and unrecognisable dishes.
Last Saturday we went in to order a takeaway - waited an hour for it to be prepared - then were unable to eat it- a waste of £50. The quality of the meat was dreadful - chicken had weird plastic taste and texture. Satay chicken inedible, chop suey had plastic bright orange "chicken" and what appeared to be tinned bean sprouts (thin, short, limp and slimy). Special fried rice was container of rice with dollop of veg in gloopy sauce sitting on top. Really dreadful. Very sad that such a previously fantastic restaurant has lost its way. We will never visit again.

  • Visited March 2014
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2 Thank lucycocozoe
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London
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 227 helpful votes
“Good but not what it was under the previous ownership”
Reviewed 7 September 2013

The restaurant has reopened but although no changes have been made in any way to menu and décor it is under totally new ownership and the service is nowhere as good as it used to be. Food was good but varying waiting times between courses, starters came quickly, soup took another half an hour and then the mains arrived in dribs and drabs so that noodles were cold before much of the rest of the meal eventually arrived. The chicken and cashew nuts included in the set menu was quite awful and looked insipid and tasted of nothing so we didn't eat it, did tell the waiter this but he just made a comment about there are nicer chicken dishes available but not included on the set??!!
We would go back I think but wouldn't have the set again. All around us people were complaining about wrong orders and cold rice/noodles when the main arrived so hopefully they will get their act together and bring standards up to the way they were when the original owners ran the place.
Have rated under very good as didn't want to give average but not very good just good!
Will give it a second try and see if things improve. One other thing to add is that for some reason Tripadvisor has put a photo of the outside of a totally different Chinese restaurant, which I think is in South Croydon. This review is for Sichuan Garden in Brighton Road, Coulsdon.

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank Familybreaks
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Croydon, United Kingdom
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“Great food, good service”
Reviewed 27 April 2013

This restaurant does not look hugely enticing from the outside but once inside it was a different story and we found it to be well worth the visit. I perhaps accept a previous review that the food does not offer any out of the ordinary dishes but compared to other Chinese food we have eaten locally, it was of a high standard, perfectly cooked and presented and not too greasy. The staff were polite and very attentive and there was generally a great atmosphere, we were there as a family. My only small complaint was that they started to clear our dishes before all of the party had finished eating. Perhaps I'm old fashioned! Overall I would definately recommend this restaurant.

  • Visited April 2013
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1 Thank Phil_OC_13
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Very good service, average food.”
Reviewed 18 April 2013

After reading all the reviews I was expecting really bad service(pretty normal at Chinese places) but good food, but we received a 5 star service only to let down by the food. There was nothing really bad about the food, it was cooked, but it was bog standard blandish Chinese takeaway stuff, and not really on the level certain people are raving about. All I can say is the people that may be calling this best Chinese ever don;t know much about Chinese food.

  • Visited April 2013
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