Gold Mine

Restaurants, Chinese Bayswater
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Gold Mine
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Crowds come for a roasting at this Cantonese duck and pork specialist on Bayswater’s high street.

Gold Mine is so renowned for its roast meats – which can be seen hanging in the open kitchen by the front window – that diners from near and far can be seen tucking in here, both local students and visitors from Hong Kong. The dining room seems to have been decorated on a tight budget and, as with many Chinese cafés, red (symbolising good fortune) is a popular colour, appearing on carpets and chairs. Large gold-framed pictures of vintage Chinese scenes add a cheery note.

Unsurprisingly, top marks go to the Cantonese roast meats, especially the duck and char sui (barbecued pork). Flavours are big, and dishes can be oily. Thick-cut pieces of deep-fried squid arrived with a whopping amount of garlic and chilli. Equally hearty was the ‘house special bean curd’, which turned out to be pei pa tofu served with shiitake and baby pak choi in a dark soy sauce. Staff tend to be chirpy and attentive. If you’re in the area and after no-frills Cantonese food, this is a little gem – though its next-door neighbour Toa Kitchen is better.



Venue name: Gold Mine
Address: 102 Queensway
W2 3RR
Opening hours: Meals served noon-11pm daily
Transport: Tube: Bayswater tube
Price: Main courses £6-£35. Set meal £15.50 per person (minimum 2)
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3.5 / 5

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Dimsum is not what they're well known for but their roasted duck. Personally I thought it was nice but unsure why it was being raved by others. The cheung fun dough was outstanding. A must order, but the rest of the dimsum dishes were mediocre. 

Yes, you're able to dine in large groups but restaurant felt cramped when every table is filled. Slightly uncomfortable feeling and service was abrupt and borderline unfriendly.

It was horribly packed -  not sure if this was the usual or because it was CNY festive season. Didn't make a difference if you've made a reservation in advance because all it meant was you were able to jump the queue. They won't even seat you until everyone turns up.

Every time I come to Gold Mine, I'd definitely order their roasted duck. Apart from that, this is the place to come with a group of friends or family, order a variety of Chinese stir fries and share around the table. The food is generally good here.