We visited on 3 June, without having read any of the poor reviews here. The restaurant was empty when we arrived around 7.30 pm. The young waitress explained that they had no licence, having only recently taken over the business. We ordered steamed prawns with garlic and salt and pepper spare ribs as well as a main course and chow mein. We were given prawn crackers to nibble with bang bang sauce which I think was made with salad cream and peanut butter. When the starters eventually arrived the shelled prawns were swimming in tepid water with a few bits of raw chilli and garlic. The spare ribs were coated in what looked like browned stuffing mix. I tried one prawn and also scraped the mound of coating off the spare ribs to search for a bit of meat amongst the fat. Neither dish was remotely like we expected. At this point I went to the counter and explained that we didn't want our main courses and would not finish the starters as they were in edible. I was asked to explain what was wrong and asked if I would like to explain to the chef (who is not Chinese but has allegedly been trained by a Chinese chef). The young waitress told me she didn't know what the food was supposed to look/taste like. Our offer to pay for our starters was declined and we were given a £10 voucher towards our next meal being assured by the young man (the owner?) that if we were to come back in 6 months we would have a much improved dining experience.
I am amazed that this restaurant (now called Harbour View) has any better reviews from 2014, but there are a number describing the food as delicious. This is very odd. I also find it strange that management have not responded to any of the poor reviews here. Don't they care?
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