My visits to the city centre are rare and daytime ones rarer still. As today, I’m normally researching something or other at Central Library. Chinatown is just across the road and is my area to find lunch. I don’t have a particular daytime favourite but more often than not find myself having the six quid lunch at the Great Wall. There are several £5 or £6 lunch places which means you can easily avoid the two vile similarly priced buffets!
Today I fancied a change and went up-market for the £9.95 two course lunch at the little brother of the well known Yang Sing. There’s a no-choice starter of dim sum platter. What came was a steamed “moneybags” pork dumpling which was light instead of the often found wallpaper paste version; a prawn toast (good thick slice, lots of prawn, not greasy); a fritter topped with sweet chilli sauce (contents a bit indeterminate – probably chicken and water chestnut) and “seaweed”.
There was a choice of four or five mains including pork in sechuan sauce with veg. Nice crunchy veg. Sauce with a good whack of chilli. Good portion size. Nice dish.
The only thing I didn’t like is feeling corralled in by the serving staff. The various customers had been herded onto tables next to each other in the far corner of the restaurant. The staff then patrolled the perimeter of the herd, waiting to snatch a plate away as soon as it was finished. Or just hovered on the perimeter looking uneasy if there were no plates to deal with.