I don't know what possessed me to walk into Wong Kei again this evening, after a 21 year hiatus on my part - maybe I'm just curious to see if the restaurant's infamous *rudest waiters in the world* are still prowling the four floors of dining space.
Verdict? The wait-staff these days are no longer grouchy old Cantonese men of days of yore. Instead, these days, they are mainly young Mandarin-speaking Mainland Chinese men & women. They are not the friendliest bunch around, but neither are they the cranky, abusive waiters from as recent as the 90s.
Food-wise, the Cantonese mixed BBQ meats: "char-siu" (caramelised BBQ pork), "siu-yuk" (crisp-skinned roasted pork belly) and "siu-ngap" (roast duck) were all well-done, especially the meaty roast duck. The sauce was authentically-flavoured, closer to the type I find in HK to those back home in Singapore.
The poached "kai lan" vegetables with oyster sauce was also competently executed.
But the stewed aubergines with pork strips and chillis in Sichuanese sauce in a hot pot was nothing like what I'd expected - bland-ish and not a spicy as the waitress had cautioned us it would be.
Wong Kei is really more suitable for a quick, casual bite than a proper Chinese meal, which one can find in other restaurants around it.
Wong Kei Chinese Restaurant
41-43 Wardour Street
London W1D 6PY
Tel: +44 20 7437 8408