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||Contact:|
88-90 Middlesex St
|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|
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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 :)
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.