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My Old Place

Restaurants, Chinese Spitalfields
3 out of 5 stars
(11user reviews)

Time Out says

A low-key Sichuan restaurant near Liverpool Street.



Address: 88-90 Middlesex St
E1 7EZ
Transport: Tube: Liverpool St tube/rail
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3 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

3 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:3
  • 4 star:2
  • 3 star:1
  • 2 star:2
  • 1 star:3
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Brilliant restaurant just a stone's throw away from Liverpool Street station. Don't expect particularly friendly service from this authentic X restaurant, but do expect an extensive menu and quick efficient service. You're not likely to see many familiar dishes which your local takeaway serves on this menu, instead it consists of genuine national dishes. Portions are enormous, so in order to make the most of it, it's best to visit with a large group and share. This means you can try more dishes and it works out much more economical this way. The beef brisket is a must! Call ahead to book as it's always rammed. Enjoy

This is probably one of the best chinese restaurants. Grades here are about the service, which is expected from an authenticated chinese restaurant xD

If you're looking for good chinese food: it's here

If you're looking for good service and good chinese food: probably not in London


I am a regular frequenter (is that a word?) of My Old Place and is one of my favourite places to eat out. Serving mahoosive portions at great prices where the food also happens to be totally delicious, you really cant go wrong. 

I would suggest that you go first time either with somebody who has lived in China or somebody who has already been, as it can be a little overwhelming both in terms of the size of the menu and how busy it can be. Be prepared to queue and try and get a table upstairs as downstairs is a bit dingy and hot. 

Menu recommendations: Sour and chilli sliced potato (this is raw potato but dont let that put you off, its seriously good), sweet and sour chicken (literally the best you will ever eat), anything with aubergine as they generally cover it in oil and its amazing, beef with broccoli and the meat skewers which are like £1.50 each. You can also be very adventurous and try all sorts of crazy things such as pigs tendon, intestine, jellyfish, frogs legs....

Don't come here for a pleasant relaxing dining experience, because you will be disappointed, but do come here to get so full on dumplings and meat skewers you fall into a food coma.

The picture is Deep fried aubergine with chilli and garlic (off menu) and the sour and chilli sliced potato

The food is really good, I do love going here and was introduced to it by my Chinese friend. Looking at all the other reviews, I just have to say, if you're coming here and expecting service and atmosphere, you're going to be massively disappointed. If you've ever been to China or a proper Chinese resto, this is the 'service' you can expect. If you want service, go to one of the touristy places in China town. I perosnally like coming with a group of friends, chowing down until we're full and getting drinks somewhere else. Eat and leave and don't get frustrated about the cultural difference, especially when the food is that affordable :)

I went here for lunch recently based on great recommendations of authentic Szechuan cuisine - but I have to say I have mixed feelings. Really affordable but the service was really hit and miss - some of our dishes appeared to be forgotten about / cooked badly, whilst others (spicy aubergine) were really nice. Huge portions so great value for money - two main, two portions of rice and two drinks came to about £23 including service - and we were absolutely struggling to finish. But my main issue was with the toilets downstairs, although it looked clean to the naked eye the smell was pretty vomit-inducing and I'm sure staff were aware as both the male and female doors were wedged open as to provide 'air'. I couldn't wait to get out of there. I think it reflects a poor attitude to hygiene for the restaurant overall. 

After innitially getting excited about a chinese restaurant in my neighbourhood. I am compelled to write this.

Been here 4 times including today over the course of a few months. Today is the last time i go there. It is my personal opinion that businesses in London get away with treating customers paying to eat like they have no say in anything. This is one such place.

its time u as a Londoner and hard working everyday people vote with your money.

Food is really tasteless and just chilli. Not authentic at all. Staff are outright arrogant and rude. Service is one of the worst I have ever had in a long time. I rather spend my money going into chinatown and having a mediocre meal there then here.

This place is definately not the place if you want a nice meal and being out experience.

Go here if u are desperate and drunk after work drinks, even that beware, my partner took his direct reports x10 people there for a work do but said it was so horrible the service that he was so shocked and embarrased and said never again. Only he said if he was flat broke and desperate and must eat one meal a day cause it is cheapish for london ok.

Best avoided if u can. If not be drunk so that u wont remember tjis place tomorrow or ever! walk a bit more and go to nicer restaurants in denvonshire square / gardens.

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.

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.

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.

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