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Mr Kong

Chinatown

Infuriatingly inconsistent where it used to be dependable, Mr Kong continues to attract full houses, but few Chinese. The menu is gargantuan and that’s part of the problem: it’s not always easy to separate Cantonese wheat from Anglo-Chinese chaff. A ‘chef’s special’ of baby squid with chilli arrived lukewarm and gaudily clad in lurid-orange, chewy batter – dreadful. It was in stark contrast to a plate of crunchy-fresh gai lan (chinese broccoli) in ginger; and an equally excellent soup of tender sliced pork, salted eggs and gai choi (mustard cabbage) in hearting-warming pork stock. Somewhere in between was a hotpot of belly pork with preserved vegetables, and a brace of razor clams with vermicelli and soy-chilli dipping sauce – both dishes a mite too dry, as was the steamed rice. Vegetarians have their own sizeable list of specials, including mock abalone, pork, shark’s fin and crispy duck. The restaurant’s layout has been frequently changed over its quarter-century history. There are now three small dining rooms (ground, lower-ground and first floor) where anodyne surroundings of white walls and dark-green carpets are jazzed up with yellow tablecloths and framed artefacts on the walls.

Venue name: Mr Kong
Contact:
Address: 21 Lisle Street
London
WC2H 7BA
Opening hours: Meals served noon-2.45am Mon-Sat; noon-1.45am Sun.
Transport: Tube: Leicester Square or Piccadilly Circus tube
Price: Main courses £6.90-£26. Set meal £10 per person (minimum 2); £17.80-£23.50 per person (minimum 4). Minimum £7 after 5pm.

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2.8 / 5

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Ray

Easily the worst Chinese meal that I ever had in Chinatown, I am Chinese,so believe me,when I say it's the worst,it really is.It's so bad that I won't even bother to go into details.It's restaurant like this give Chinese food a bad name.Take no notice of all those recommendation stickers on the window,it's a con job.

Lee

Have been here a couple of times and it has been quite good; that changed tonight when my party of three was shunted through to a table in the middle of the back room (admittedly it was quite busy). Food itself was fine but the surroundings hopelessly and intolerably cramped. To top it off, the (slim!) waiters thought nothing of slamming their arses into my chair at their normal walking speed instead of slowing down or going the slightly longer but more spacious way around to get to other tables; a sharp turn around and later a loud complaint from me was ignored by the offending waiters! For the record I was sitting as close as I could to the table, and as I had company chose not to make a scene at this blatant invasion of my space by staff which happened at least three times. As a consumer next time I shall seek out a restaurant that actually respects diners's personal space instead of cramming people in regardless; you might want to do so too.

Laurie

Favorite Chinese restaurant for many years. Always on the agenda when the family are in London - something to please every generation! Convenient for Leicester Square, so ideal if having an evening in the West End. We always order the steamed scallops for starter, and sizzling garlicky king prawns among a few dishes to share for main course. Free pot of chinese tea gets refilled frequently. They don't really do puddings but give you orange slices and warm towel with the bill! Highly recommended for a relaxed Chinese meal with family or friends.

carolondon

This restaurant went through a shaky patch, but is consistently good. The menu is a bit long and hard to wade through. Service quick - good for large parties.

Cec

I think this is the worse chinese food I ever had. Pork was boiled and fat, no taste; mushroom looked very edgy, rice was cold and dry. No taste nothing. I don't recommend really.