My Old Place


Queues, largely of young Chinese, form nightly at this low-key Sichuan restaurant near Liverpool Street. A visit can be a frustrating experience for non-Mandarin speakers: staff are brusque and know little English, so complex requests are out of the question. Expect that part of your order might never arrive; you may also see fellow diners eating things that don’t seem to be on the menu.

Food is very cheap, though (around £7-£11 for massive main courses) and uncompromisingly authentic: many plates come mined with Sichuan pepper and cluster-bombed with sliced dried red chilli – the ma la (numbing-spicy) combination typical of that area. Local classics such as twice-cooked pork belly and kung pao chicken are faithful renditions, and vegetables are treated well here too: dry-fried green beans with chilli makes a good sharing dish.

Adventurous eaters can delve around the innards of various beasts with the likes of deep-fried intestine, pig’s liver and ‘married couple’ sliced lung. Make sure you try cumin-spiced barbecued lamb skewers (£1 each): technically a Uyghur dish from Xinjiang in the far west of modern China, but delicious nonetheless.

Venue name: My Old Place
Address: 88-90 Middlesex St
E1 7EZ
Opening hours: Open 11am-2.30pm, 5-11pm daily
Transport: Tube: Liverpool St tube/rail
Price: Meal for two with drinks and service: around £30

Average User Rating

2.4 / 5

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I went with a friend and we asked for still water to start with, we have wait for 20 minutes before they actually serve us. I ordered a quarter of duck and they served me a dish completely messy, pieces of meat disorganized on the plate with bone everywhere and a fork and a spoon already in the plate. Once I said I wanted a refund, cause it seemed actually leftovers, they said was actually MY PROBLEM, this happened after seen the check written in chinese. Worst service ever and unprofessional staff, place totally to void.


Very horrible service. We arrived for a late lunch at 2.30 and the restaurant has a sign saying its closed. We were prepared to leave for another restaurant but a man who looked like the owner/manager opened the door and said its ok so we went in. However the waitresses were visibly upset about that and were muttering about their afternoon rest and that the kitchen is closed. Two waitresses chased us to orsee although we said we werent ready. We left and went to Sichuan Folk near Spitalfields. It was my first time at My Old Place and I am not going back.

Na Na

Feeling nostalgic for dishes which I ate when living in China, I came here having trawled Chinese blogs on London. It lived up to expectations - tasty food which is the closest I've found so far to what I ate abroad. Good value, large portions, busy and variety of dishes. Expect spice.

food lover

quite cheap, that's the only credit from me. I am a sichuan food lover and tried many sichuan restaurants like Bashu in china town, sichuan-folk in liverpool street,......etc and know that the sichuan dishes here are not authentic at all. The taste for all sichuan dishes are just spicy spicy and spicy nothing else! but xinjiang dishes like cumin-spiced barbecued lamb skewers is taste good.