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China Boulevard on the River

Coming from a Chinese family I have dined in many Chinese restaurants in London. This is by far the worst one I have ever had the displeasure of going to for lunch, or dim sum in Chinese. Upon arrival I must admit I was impressed by the restaurant's 'look' and it's view over the river, however that was the only time I was impressed. The service here was AWFUL. After ordering it took over half an hour for any food to arrive (much longer than usual for a dim sum service). However only half our dishes arrived. We had to wait even longer, until we asked several waiters where the rest was. One waiter took our order away from the table and so later on the other waiters didn't know which dishes were ours and even if they had come already - we had three dishes come to our table only to realise we had already received that dish. In the end one dish didn't come altogether and we had to cancel it as we had finished all our other dishes by then. When we came to ask for the bill, yet again we had to wait. We asked one waiter, one hostess and even one man who appeared to be the Maitre'd or even a co-manager. Finally on asking the fourth person did our bill arrive - half an hour after we had asked for it the first time. All in all, the lunch service seemed to be disorganised and in disarray as our table was not the only one which had troubles. I advise all other people wanting to have dim sum here NOT to go. Go to China Town, where the prices are better value for better quality, or the excellent Dai Tung next to Wing Yip in Purley Way. I will never go to China Boulevard again.

Sunday, August 27, 2006
Overall rating 2 stars
Food 4 | Service 0 | Atmosphere 1 | Value for money 4

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