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“Nothing changes, and that’s the point” at this flamboyantly decorated fixture of the local Chinese scene.  Consistency is the watchword, and super-efficient service ensures customers get the best of a huge, 300-dish menu. Dim sum is the star at lunchtimes and weekends, when Chinese families and the Regent’s Park crowd roll in for exemplary renditions of, say, crispy lobster dumplings, briny pork croquettes, prawn cheung fun and nourishing congees. Otherwise, the full line-up runs from breaded scallops with mango sauce or shredded smoked chicken to braised duck with mushrooms or quick-fried squid with morning glory in shrimp paste. The cavernous dining room operates in its own little world, complete with carved screens, tassels and flashing illuminated gewgaws – you could get lost, or lose your companions in here. Still, “if you love the place, it’s probably like coming home”.

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Phoenix Palace

5 Glentworth Street ,London NW1 5PG

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Dec 2010

As a family tradition, the extended family of twenty members went to Phoenix Palace Restaurant for lunch on Boxing Day with great expectation. We were given a room, which was an encouraging start; so we thought. Alas, the dim-sum and the stir fried dishes were mediocre. Worst of all the service was rude and slow. Instead of serving us, the waiters practically ordered us about. It was clear that ‘thank you’ or ‘please’ is not in their vocabulary. To add insult to injury, they added 17.5% service charge...

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  • Food & Drink: 4
  • Service: 1
  • Atmosphere: 9
  • Value: 3

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Phoenix Palace

5 Glentworth Street ,London NW1 5PG

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by   silver reviewer (27)

Mar 2010

Went there for a family dinner on Saturday (two reasons behind choosing this place was – Chinese and child-friendly). Had a very good meal – enjoyed through and through, even by my fussy-and-very-little-eating 8 y.o. son. For starters, Chrispy seaweed came in a generous portion and of very pleasant taste, and deep fried shredded squid was nicely done (I would prefer it more salty, but that's my individual salt-mad taste). Peking dumpling in soya chilli dressing were a bit bland to my taste, or may...

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Liz G.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 7
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 8

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Phoenix Palace

5 Glentworth Street ,London NW1 5PG

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Nov 2009

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This is one of my neighbourhood favourites. Even though the location is ‘whatever’, and the decor is dated, the food is always very good. It's always packed with large chinese groups and sometimes you'll have to wait for up to half hour for dim sum lunch on weekends, but it's worth it. Food is always good and my husband and I go at least once a week for a quick after work dinner, or a leisurely saturday lunch.

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 5
  • Atmosphere: 6
  • Value: 8

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