Kaifeng

51 Church Road , London, NW4 4DU

SquareMeal Review of Kaifeng

Sleek, woody furnishings help attract wealthy locals to Kaifeng, which offers just about everything you would expect of a British Chinese restaurant – a huge menu, bustling atmosphere, Sunday buffets & a takeaway menu. But it’s kosher too, so rather than sweet & sour pork you’ll find a lamb equivalent, & there’s no kung po prawns or soft-shell crab. Not that the menu seems depleted: it’s a lengthy affair showcasing all the Anglo-Cantonese favourites (aromatic duck with pancakes, crispy shredded beef, & all). Cross-cultural interlopers such as salt-beef chop suey might be worth avoiding, however. Kosher meat doesn’t come cheap, so expect to fork out handsomely for meals, with 15% service charge further boosting bills. Lunch is a much more financially attractive proposition, with set menus from £20 per person.

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4.0

Food & Drink: 6.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 7.0

Value: 2.0

Food & Drink: 3.0

Service: 2.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 1.0

Diane D. 28 August 2012

If you pay upward of £17 for a dish in a Chinese restaurant, you do expect a decent portion size. But you don't get one in Kaifeng. The beef dish – which was in fact over £18 – consisted of seven pieces of meat padded out with large amounts of onion and lettuce. For dessert seven lychees cost £5.50. There was no soft drinks menu and as the bill wasn't itemised so I dread to think how much the coffee and coke cost. I know that you pay a premium for kosher food, but I felt I had been ripped off at this restaurant and that leaves a very bad taste.

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