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“Overpriced” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of Mei Lai

Mei Lai
Ranked #14 of 51 Restaurants in Dawlish
Price range: US$7 - US$15
Cuisines: Fast food, Asian, Chinese
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Restaurant details
Good for: Child-friendly, Kids
Dining options: Dinner, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Delivery, Free Off-Street Parking, Parking Available, Seating, Street Parking, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Salford, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2013

This takeaway has little competition in the area and it shows, every single dish on the menu is at least a pound too expensive.

You could forgive that if the food was good but frankly it isn't. The Prawn Toast and Seaweed are the worst I've ever tasted, the seaweed was underseasoned and swimming in grease, the prawn toast was tasteless and burnt. Though both of them were of a higher standard than the Singapore Chow Mein which was dreadful. Having said all that, to be fair to them their Chicken and Mushroom soup was very good hence the review is two rather than one star. Given the number of staff it seems too many cooks spoil everything but the broth.

For very little more than the prices we paid here we could have eaten vastly superior food in a few local pubs, this place would be closed in six months if it was in a city centre somewhere. It's the worst of localism, it knows it has a captive audience and rather than taking pride in the product it's complacent and chiselling. A massive disappointment.

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank Frank B
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English first
Worcester, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
“Just the Best”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2013

Always go here when Camping great food great service loads to choose always happy to serve you and please.

Visited July 2013
Thank Paula B
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2013 via mobile

We had a takeaway from here this eve... We live in town centre surrounded by Chinese takeaway but thought we would have a change... How disapointed we were ... The curry was watery... The ribs were knuckle.... The beef chicken and pork was tough.... This Chinese was the best in dawlish and most expensive... But now it is the worst Chinese we have ever had ...

  • Visited June 2013
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Thank debbie r
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Sutton Coldfield, United Kingdom
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46 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
“Lovely food,friendly service”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2013

Had two takeaway meals during our stay at Dawlish Warren.Large portions, parking a bit awkward though.Best 'Chinese' we have had for ages

Visited May 2013
Thank Olderroamer
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Dawlish, Devon
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148 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
“Fantastic takeaway food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2013

If you want good chinese food to take away then get it from Mei Lai as it is the best in the area. The dishes are very large, always hot (heatwise) and the prices are very good.

Visited April 2013
Thank bartonbelle
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