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The Gold Mine’s plain frontage & sparse, white-walled dining room suggest that it’s a quick-fix refuelling stop rather than a place to linger. The menu touts a bewildering array of dishes, but
most people are here to sample the Cantonese roast meats – especially the lacquered ducks that can be seen hanging in the window. Chopped up & piled on to plates of steamed rice, these gamey,
deliciously fatty birds are immensely popular with the Chinese crowd who frequent this garishly lit eatery. If you’re in the mood for something more esoteric, try braised chicken with pig’s liver
& Chinese sausage or go for the chilli kick of sizzling aubergine with minced pork. Service can be brusque, so don’t be afraid to wave your arms around to attract the waiters’ attention.
I have never been a fan of Chinese restaurant in London, bad experiences in the past have reduced my faith in ever finding a good one around. That is until I discovered the Gold Mine. This unassuming restaurant that situated in Bayswater is a revelation indeed. First time I came across the name was on the twittersphere and a picture of the steamed egg lured me into almost licking the screen. If it looked that good on photo...now that's something I want to get me teeth into...
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