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Review: Visited Buffet V at lunchtime, the eat-as-much-as-you-like buffet is £6.49 (it says £5.90 on the menu but a "service charge" is added, although it's self service). I liked the design and the general atmosphere - good turn over of people but not hectic, nice lamps and wooden decor. The waiters and waitresses were nice, maybe slightly on the pushy side (despite there being several empty tables they asked me if I had finished twice before I actually emptied my plate...) but helpful and happy to help. The food was ok - I wasn't expecting high cuisine and I love Chinese style all-you-can-eat places generally, I wasn't disappointed but I'll be specific just for the sake of information. I really enjoyed the fried section, the spring rolls and tiny samosas were lovely. Potatoes were VERY salty but nicely cooked. A thing that looked like sesame prawn was actually just toasted bread, not unpleasant but a little surprising. The "prawn" crackers were very nice. Tried a selection of the salads, the broccoli were good and do try the mushrooms, they were lovely! Also the noodle-like salad was nice. The mock meat section looked great but I didn't really like it - the mock meat was at best tasteless and at worst not very nice. I don't mind mock meat in general, but these only seemed to mimic the look of meat but didn't taste like much - neither of meat nor anything else. Some of them had a better texture than others, but I wasn't too impressed overall. There was a thing that looked like mince that was quite nice and tasty. The noodles were very plain, but had a good texture and tasted great with the "mince" and in general with some of the more flavoursome stuff. There were also peanuts and raisins, I wasn't sure how to eat them but I love nuts so it was good. Fake shrimps, look cool but don't have much taste of their own, you might want to try them with the sauce. The soup was lovely, if a little salty, but a very nice complement to the meal. There are virtually no desserts, only fruit and tapioca, a little sweet for me but quite nice. Overall, well worth a visit if you're in Central London, nice atmosphere, nice people and honest food.

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