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Mr Chow

Restaurants, Chinese Knightsbridge
3 out of 5 stars
2 out of 5 stars
(8user reviews)

Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

When Mr Chow first opened, in 1968, it became a little like a Chinese version of The Ivy: a place that swinging A-listers (The Stones, The Beatles) could come for a noodles and cosseting service. Fifty years on, little has changed. It still deals in everyday Cantonese dishes (spare ribs, crispy duck with pancakes) plus a few signatures. Many, like the Mr Chow noodles – hand-pulled with minced chicken in a yellow bean sauce – are unexpectedly moreish, in spite of amateurish notes (too-soft noodles, lurid bright orange liquid). Green beans were overcooked but the chilli-spiked XO sauce was delicious, while morsels of stone crab folded into a ‘cloud’ of egg whites was light and gingery.

But prices – like £20 for a starter of sesame prawn toast – are fairly outrageous. Plus, there’s something about the starched linens, waiters in dickie bows and over-loud Ed Sheeran tunes that’s just naff. Yet the oil-rich of Knightsbridge can’t seem to get enough: on the night of my visit, staff were turning Rolex-toting walk-ins away from the door.

Details

Address: 151 Knightsbridge
London
SW1X 7PA
Transport: Tube: Knightsbridge
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Users say (8)

2 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

1.6 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:1
  • 4 star:0
  • 3 star:0
  • 2 star:0
  • 1 star:6
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Came here on New Years Eve and I must say, the service is so poor. Took them about 5 minutes to sit us and on top of that, we had to call the waiters to finally serve us, plus the food was average. And if you’re not from the Middle East, do not be expect to be given exceptional service. The difference in attitude was so clear and unbelievable. Won’t recommend. Save your money and go to Zuma instead, only 5 minutes down the road, better service and much better food. Myself and my partner spent over £300 on a set menu. You’d expect at least really good service. Disgusted and highly disappointed. Never again.

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For a restaurant that claims to be one of the best Chinese's in London, Mr Chow was a sore disappointment. Snooty service and blaring beats encouraged us to leave early. Would not recommend.


The restaurants food is mediocre, the service is a mile beyond terrible the employees dont care especially selena who is one of the rudest people i ever met and she is quite the lier.

Dont go to this place there are many places better in london. For ins:

Nobu, hakkasan, sushisamba even china town is better.


Visited this place many times when i lived in london soft shell crab was amazing service was excellent signed visitors book and recieved a VIP dining card for many resturants round london wish i had a chow here in Jersey love love love the place

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Service excellent Ambiance excellent Food ... Appalling ! Post apocalyptic orange chicken satay with tasteles cream coloured muck on top ! Green prawns ... Chernobyl style nuclear green slop sauce ... I returned all and the service was so wonderful they didn't charge for the dishes we binned ! I really hope they employ a chef soon and get a menu ... Frankly at this point reheating Waitrose would be a better option for them ! Amazing they are still in business but I do hope they stay in business and sort their menu out...😃


It was my forth visit in ten years and I am dissapointed to report that it will be my last. There is no doubt that about six years ago the food matched the exquisite service and beautifully conserved interior. I am sure that a decade or two before Mr Chow was the special choice for a perfect occassion. Now, I feel that the interior design and the over familiar but perfectly pitched service has been bady type cast with the mediocre food to produce, for the price, a dissapointing ensemble. In fact my wife and I felt as if we had been conned when we received the bill and robbed since we paid it. For two of us, starter and a main course each, a gin and tonic and two beers we were asked to pay £187.00. The appropriately named "gamblers duck" (Peking, with pancakes in the real world) was nothing special and came in red for us when we had bet on black. The 'trying to be different' Satay Chicken was strange but I will admit the Sea Bass was good. Although the price was high, for a special occassion, I would have accepted it at value had the food been exceptional. My only recommendation is that until the chef has been replaced for a better one, steer clear of Mr Chow.


There is no service in the restaurant, though they charge 13% for it. Apart from cover charge 2 pounds per head. This little star is for food quality only, which was nice. However not for this price. It states in the menu that spend should hit 30 pounds per head for food only, excluding drinks. So if you "under ate" you still will be charged 30 pounds per person. On top of service and cover charge...Is all about charge there! Staff is mean, no sign of respect and even politeness. You can have dinner at Nobu, eat more food for less money and have nice service.


The worst service I've ever experienced in London, stuff is completely unprofessional and rude. S**t place. Never again.

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