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by gin_and_tonic

Review: I went here today, along with 4 carnivore colleagues. It's compact, though it was not busy when we went at around 1 ish. Less than 100m from Piccadilly Circus, we were expecting it to be busy with a touristy crowd, but they seem to have missed out on this gem. The take out is good value, but we opted for a sit down meal. With a surprisingly large number of dishes to choose from, all of them with Chinese / South East Asian in influence, there's lots to go at. There are cold salad type dishes as well as hot, along with noodles and rice. The hot included 5 or 6 soya 'mock beef' or 'mock chicken' style dishes which impressed and confused my meat eating colleagues. All the dishes have a good range of flavours, some having a welcome chilli kick. With the addition of various regional sauces and condiments, most tastes are catered for. Pure veggie and with lots of vegan dishes, (I'm always concerned that south east Asian food may contain fish products), a good alternative to some of the Chinatown places. The orange juice was fresh squeezed, rather than from a carton, which is always a good sign. Desert was a fresh fruit salad, which is a great way to end the meal. The staff were polite and friendly, but not intrusive. The only negative I can think of, is that they only take cash and not cards. (There are cash machines on Piccadilly Circus so it not a big deal.)


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