21st February 2016 1pm
This place has been on the wish list for quite a while but as it’s not in the city centre it always got bumped down the list. However, we made a concerted effort to go and I am glad we did (and we were foolish to have waited so long). We arrived and were seated at a table for two but many of the tables here are set up for larger groups. The place was very busy for a Sunday lunchtime and many families had chosen to dine here. We had specifically come here to try the dim sum, although other Chinese cuisine is available. We had a handy order sheet so we just crossed off the boxes against the things we wanted. We opted for the dim sum combo platter for two, char siu buns and spare ribs in black bean sauce.
We happily chatted away but the food came relatively quickly and was unveiled with the lifting of the bamboo steamer lids. We started on the platter first. This consisted of king prawn dumplings, pork and prawn dumplings, gelatin meat and prawn dumplings, prawn and chive dumplings and gelatin meat and pork dumplings. Each of these had great, yet delicate flavour and even though had similar combinations of fillings, all had distinctive tastes. Then we made a start on the ribs. These were a little disappointing as although we know ribs don’t always have that much meat on, this was virtually non-existent. On the plus side, the black bean sauce was delicious. I saved my favourite until last. I adore char siu buns and these were an exceptional example of them . A sweet yet savoury fluffy outer layer protected a yummy pork filling. I could have eaten a good half a dozen of these rather than the more modest one. Overall, the amount of dim sum we ordered was just about right for lunch but you may want to think about ordering more for a dinner sitting.
Whilst the staff were very friendly, we did have to wait a little while for our bill. This can be forgiven as it was busy but 20 minutes is quite a long time to wait after asking, particularly when you are sat at the front of the restaurant. A minor blip in what was a pretty good meal.
Food – 8/10
Service – 7/10
Atmosphere – 8/10
Value – 9/10
Overall – 32/40
Would I come here again? Yes, most definitely
Cost £22 for the platter, two further dim sum plates and two diet cokes.