The Chinese-sounding name actually means ‘excellent’ in Hebrew. It certainly applies to Met Su Yan’s service, the stylish crockery and to the most calming and elegant decor in bustling Golders Green. There are two food styles: Chinese and Japanese. The sushi menu is written with explanations, suggesting it’s for kosher diners with little experience of sashimi or nigiri. The wide choice includes vegetarian maki. It looked good, but we opted for the Chinese set meal (half price at lunchtime). Starters are a strong point: imperial hors d’oeuvres was a crisp selection of spring rolls (a bit sparse on filling), seaweed and sesame chicken toasts. Spicy peanut and dipping sauces added flavour to skewers of chicken satay and barbecued lamb ribs. Main courses were less successful. Instead of choosing duck breast with fresh mango slices or ‘crying tiger’ (ribeye steak with Thai sauce), we ordered stir-fried chicken with chinese veg, and sizzling lamb in black bean sauce (which arrived with an appetising crackle). Rice and noodles were fine, but like the meats, unexceptional. A fresh fruit salad could have been juicier, but the sesame-topped toffee banana was a wow: bitingly hot and crisp. What’s the Chinese/Hebrew for variable?
|Venue name:||Met Su Yan||Contact:|
134 Golders Green Road
|Opening hours:||Lunch served noon-2.30pm, dinner served 6-11pm Mon-Thur, Sun.|
|Transport:||Tube: Golders Green tube|
|Price:||Main courses £12.95-£15.95. Set lunch £12.95 2 courses. Set meal £25 3 courses, £30 4 courses.|
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Don't eat here. The prices are way too high for very little and tasteless food. The ambience may look nice, but be aware. We started eating and our table became overrun with ants. The waitress, a woman with attitude, didn't apologise to us or even comment on the problem. After one too many ants spoiled the table for us, we had informed the waitress and she had us move to another table, still no apology. We asked to speak to the manager and the owner came out and defended himself by saying the problem happens everywhere. "It's a hot day today." It isn't and wasn't. He didn't want to apologise, and refused to comp us any of the meal. He thought he couldn't do anything more than change our table and, "well, there aren't any ants in your food." If we had waited any longer, there surely would've been. We should've realised there was a good reason the place was empty except for one other table of old-timers.
Poor customer service, poor attitude, rich prices, poor food. Fumigate and close would be the best advice.