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Started by SlasherBindman on Sep 26, 2011 1:38:36 PM
Are Chinese restaurants going out of fashion?

Once seen as exotic, are they now just regarded as old hat? A disproportionate number of them in my area seem to be closing down.

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WibbleAgain - 26 Sep 2011 13:41:36 (#1 of 318)

Businesses of all sorts are closing down. In the boom they could get away with selling shite. This recession will cull many more.

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WibbleAgain - 26 Sep 2011 13:49:29 (#3 of 318)

It's much small investments and easier to run. No big chef needed. No huge stock of expensive ingredients. Less likely to fail.

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MaisonLazlique - 26 Sep 2011 13:52:37 (#5 of 318)

I do love a good old fashioned gooey, lumpy, brightly coloured, English Chinese.

BawbagMcWimoweh - 26 Sep 2011 13:53:02 (#6 of 318)

They bumped up the cost of prawn crackers, noodles and rice over the last few years so deserve to go under.

WibbleAgain - 26 Sep 2011 13:53:43 (#7 of 318)

Sushi doesn't require fancy cooking. Do you know how complicated some of the traditional banquet dishes are, and how many exotic ingredients they involve?

RankBajin - 26 Sep 2011 13:54:11 (#8 of 318)

Chinese restaurants often seem rather shabby and down at heel to me. And the food is consistently disappointing.

NO THANKS, MAO.

WibbleAgain - 26 Sep 2011 13:55:51 (#9 of 318)

I wouldn't go into a Chinese restaurant in a provincial town that looks shabby and down at heels either.

RankBajin - 26 Sep 2011 14:00:18 (#10 of 318)

I do not live in a provincial town. I live in LONDON

And, with one or two exceptions, the chinee food is rubbish here too.

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WibbleAgain - 26 Sep 2011 14:02:08 (#12 of 318)

OK. I was thinking of the more genuine Chinese restaurants in London or other cities.

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RankBajin - 26 Sep 2011 14:03:54 (#14 of 318)

Ah! Chinatown!

No, the food there is shat too. And fuck knows, I've tried more than a few places there.

Best Chinese restaurant in London is Goldfish in Hampstead. Hellish pricey, though.

http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/52/564288/restaurant/L
ondon/Goldfish-Hampstead

airynothing - 26 Sep 2011 14:04:49 (#15 of 318)

I think in London there's also a trend to opening regional Chinese restaurants: Sichuan, Hunanese, Taiwanese, etc. Mostly outside Chinatown.

WibbleAgain - 26 Sep 2011 14:05:28 (#16 of 318)

Not all Chinatown restaurants are good, of course. But there are plenty of genuine ones dotted all over the place, in or out of Chinatown. Or out of London.

xDiggy - 26 Sep 2011 14:06:10 (#17 of 318)

I tend to file Chinese food more in the 'takeaway' than the 'restaurant' column.

bigdave82 - 26 Sep 2011 14:06:33 (#18 of 318)

Can't beat a crispy asthmatic duck (as I called it when I were a nipper)

WibbleAgain - 26 Sep 2011 14:06:41 (#19 of 318)

#15

That's because more Mainland non-Cantonese Chinese are arriving. It's only just started.

MaisonLazlique - 26 Sep 2011 14:07:04 (#20 of 318)

((((Shabby and down at heel Chinee restaurants)))

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