Friendly Inn in Chinatown do everything well at a reasonable cost , no unpleasent extras. This is the 'sweet'. The 'Sour' is on Wardour street opposite one end of chinatown. The food is great but the service is willfully terrible.
I include a couple of everyday quotes you might hear in Wong Kei's
"Not possible..only chinese people can eat that!"
"You want separate bill you sit separate table"
The choice is yours !
(p.s the webbed duck feet were excellent)
Favorite Dish The secret is to get a large group (about 8-10) and all mix in
This chinese restaurant has really good authentic food at unbelievably cheap prices. The staff are nortoriously rather rude they will place people on a large table so its probably not the best place for a romantic evening. It has a lot of chinese local people eating there which is always an indication its a good place to eat. We had a variety of dishes and they bring you lots of pots of green tea.
I suffer sometimes from msg intolernace & oddly enough I always feel fine after eating at the wong kei. There is always far too much food so sharing is best.
Wong Kei's is an instution in London for Chinese Food its been here over 10 years its on over 6 floors. You get there can they go upstairs or downstairs which is there trademark, if its busy your be upstairs, but it does get hot in summer in there.
The atmosphere is a mixture of Chinese people, tourists and locals.
You get a free supply of tea when you take a seat, if you want more just leave the pot open and theyre refill.
The staff can be quite rude the first time you visit, but dont worry this is just the fun of it.
Be warned your bill will automatically appear after your food.
Favorite Dish My favourite dish in Wong Kei's is the shredded chicken or pork on crispy noddles for £3.80 you cant go wrong, they can skimp now and again near the start of the week.
It comes with a lovely thick gravy.
My boyfriends fav dish is Mixed Eel on rice in a black bean sauce.
Wong Kei is a London institution. I go every time I'm in London, every day if I can!
The legendary rude waiters are pretty much a thing of the past now - they even send their reputation up on their T shirts! (Ask a regular re the significance of "Upstairs!!") We were treated with friendliness and keen attention on both our recent visits. The food is really superb - the barbecued pork and crispy pork on hot rice is sublime, as are most dishes on the extensive menu. If you don't mind formica tables, plastic crockery etc this is the place to eat in Chinatown, judging by the large proportion of Chinese diners every day. Two soups, two mains (very generous portions, and beautifully fresh meats, seafood and vegetables) and the total came to just over 10.00 GBP!! (Jasmin tea is free of charge)
Trust me: you will be glad you did.
Favorite Dish BBQ Pork & Crispy Pork on hot Rice - a meaty, crispy, tasty treat.
Mixed Seafood with Noodles - big prawns, tender squid, tasty fishballs, fresh bok choi - heaven!!
This restaurant is on the edge of China Town. You could say it is rather cheap and cheerful, but without a lot of the cheerful!
It seems to pride itself on the rudeness of its waiters, and this is part of the attraction! When you go in, you get plonked at a big round table, squashed right up against people you have never even seen before.
Favorite Dish To be quite honest, some of the food isn't that bad, but do NOT go for anything that says it is mixed meat. Make sure you know what you are getting so that you can recognise it when it arrives!
Cheap, around 4 GBP for lunch, but good Chinese food. Depending on the size fo your party, you're seated on a big table with others. There are tables for 4 if you want, but it's fun to sit with strangers and watch them navigate the chop sticks. I'm always seated with Chinese people and can just about use chop sticks, so embarass myself greatly. All in the name of food. The waiters are renowened for being unhelpful but the service is very prompt and the food always good. It's also very clean, due to the fact that inspectors visited and told them to clean up!
You get free Chinese tea.
Favorite Dish Stewed pork fried noodle, great for 3.50GBP.
People go to Wong Kei for the experience and not the excellent cuisine (IMHO). The waiters are renowned as being rude, you are plonked at whichever table suits them and you usually share with another party. The menu is extensive and cheap. After being flung your food you are hurried out for the next victims to await their fate, the rudeness is more of a pantomime than reality. The Wong Kei experience is something to behold. You don’t need to book (you probably can’t anyway), they’ll fit you in somewhere.
This restaurant is in China Town and serves quite reasonable food at good prices. The funniest thing the service. It is not bad, but the waiters are not particularly friendly and you can easily find yourself sat with strangers around a table if you are in a small enough group.
Favorite Dish Crispy duck pancakes!!! I always love them...
Wong Kei is the cheapest place to have good Chinese food in London. Don't expect complicated stuff though. You will be sent from one floor to another before being seated at a table whis other people you absolutely don't know and the staff will take great pleasure in virtually throwing the dishes at you and being generally rude. But this is all part of the atmosphere of the place and Wong Kei wouldn't be the same without it. Forget about the staf and enjoy the food and the free tea. You should have a very good meal that you can't finish for about £5.
Favorite Dish Most dishes are nice. The tea you get served for free during the whole meal is very good as well meaning you don't have to worry about the drinks and can concentrate on the main dish.
Cheaper alternative in London with huge portion. Ideal if you are really hungry.
My most recent dining experience there. I went there for lunch with 7 other friends. I ordered shredded pork with bean sprouts rice. It is ok, not as good as the BBQ pork rice. The portion is large and as the rest are guys, they finished their rice faster than I do. As soon as my friends finished, the plates are cleared and the bill landed on our table. I am not very pleased with that cos I have not finished my food, and have to stop for a while to search for my money to pay.
Favorite Dish BBQ pork and crispy pork rice.
This place is an institution. It is large with several floors and the waiters have a reputation for their surliness (which adds to the dining experience in my opinion).
However, the food is reliably good and it is really cheap. A pot of complementary tea is served straight after you sit down. If you are alone, or in a group of less than 4, expect to share a large table with complete strangers. This can be fun, depending who you are sharing with, but I normally get the dreaded smokers which is the downside to this place. This is not a swanky place. Not my choice for a first date and I normally pre- warn people about the service, just in case they are taken aback.
Update Oct 2002
Wong Kei has had a bit of a makeover recently and is a bit plusher inside now. The food is still great .... and as cheap as ever. Sweet and sour pork with rice costs £3.70. This is amazing considering a pot of tea is included and the location is right in the centre of London. The same dish costs £6.50 from my local takeaway.
On my last 2 visits there has been no-one smoking on the ground floor which is brilliant. I don't know whether this was just good luck or if there is a now a no smoking policy in effect.
Favorite Dish The set meal, especially the sweet and sour pork.
I love Asian food as the variety available is incredible … eg, there's 45 ways to cook a chicken and all of them taste differently. Upon reaching London, after spending 1 1/2 months in Europe, I dragged my friend, CC, to Wong Kei! It's has 3 floors of dining area, and is always packed with Asians and the locals who lived in London. The food is also pretty cheap and fairly tasty.