One day, I was stopped on the street by a couple of football fans from a visiting Dutch team. I thought they were going to ask me how to get to the stadium but, of course, they already knew that! What they wanted, meanwhile, was a restaurant with good food and low prices. I was pleased to be able to recommend the China Buffet just a street away, in the centre of China Town. I walked them there and was happy to see their faces light up when they read the sign outside that says, “Eat all you can for £7.50”. It was just what they needed – as might anyone with a healthy appetite but a limited budget.
Naturally, one should not expect haute cuisine at this price-point, but this basement restaurant is a good, honest example of its kind – a buffet-style, serve-yourself eatery that offers a varied menu. Alongside the usual British/Chinese dishes such as spare ribs, sweet-and-sour pork, Singapore-style vermicelli, hot-and-sour soup and so on, there are chips, fried and roasted chicken and sausages. Vegetarian dishes are also on offer and there are deserts, including fresh fruit.
The base price varies according to the time of day – evenings and weekends being busier, they charge a bit more – but it’s a good deal even so. My advice (based on experience) is to choose a time when it’s not too busy, and don’t let ambition exceed appetite: you might regret your greed later.