my first experience with ping pong@this branch (and in general) = rubbish
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Ping Pong Restaurant
County Hall, Riverside Building, Westminster Bridge Rd, London SE1 7PB
“Zen China specializes in Imperial Beijing cuisine, with a focus on traditional North Chinese regional cooking, influenced by the imperial tradition. Zen China’s signature dish is the Authentic Beijing Roast Duck, as known as Peking Duck. We are...” more...
16 reviews of Ping Pong Restaurant in English
The food is typically well made and presented though. They are also quite quick and informal so you can have a fast food experience if you want it.
Ping Pong has become the McDonalds of Dim Sum. All restaurants serve the same factory packaged Dim Sum which are overpriced and frankly not that good. The environment is nice and the cocktails are great, bit overpriced though. There are much better places to eat Dim Sum, most costing less too.
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I was on my lunch break, where I had waited over 40mins for my food to be served. How awful!!!
on the contary, I ended up walking out of the restaurant, to make do with a snickers bar and walkers crisps, which was very disappointing. To conclude my experience was very poor service.
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Bashi K., 5 April 2010:
Vile, sick making, msg saturated, foulness at prices that would be fair for the real thing but are an outrage for the fakery on offer here. Waitress was pleasant and suggested prawn toast. Why didn't we run away? i was sick for two days after. Never, ever again.
I’m a big fan of Ping Pong and I’ve been to a bunch of their branches, but I’m never going to return to this one. The service was that bad. The waiter took one of my baskets before I was finished with my dim sum and when I motioned him over with my finger to bring the basket back he actually cursed at me. When I complained to the manager, the waiter later came over and threatened to spit in my food if I ever went back. WTF??? Suffice it to say, I’m going to take a break from Ping Pong…and definitely won’t be back to that branch.
I had a bit of a rubbish experience in here and usually like Ping Pong. The service was so slow we had to moan a few times and when the food eventually arrived they gave me chicken dumplings and I’m a veggie, ahhhh! I didn’t bite into one though, but I could smell it a mile off. Yuck yuck. The food tasted bland and boring and together with the terrible service, was really unimpressive. Don’t think I’ll be rushing back to a Ping Pong for a while - they’ve gone down hill. Nice Jasmine tea though.
Nice enough Dim Sum restaurant, but nothing special to be honest. I’d rather go to one of the little diners in Soho and have “proper” Dim Sum! They have all the favourites and the price is ok, but the service was extremely slow and unfriendly and even though it was packed it totally lacked atmosphere. We shared 5 types of dim sum between the two of us and neither of us made much comment, more of a “Meh” then an “Mmmm”! I suppose it has it’s place, bringing dim sum from the crappy little cafes (that serve the best food but some people feel aren’t posh enough) into a more refined atmosphere as it is very stylishly decorated. Good for work’s do’s perhaps, maybe fun eating that way, but I won’t bother again and I love Dim Sum and it’s only 2 minutes away from my work!!!
I will mention the tea though - that was good - they have hand wrapped green tea flowers - they taste great and look beautiful as they unravel, but still not a good enough reason to go here.
meh. Sorry Ping pong fans, but I’m really not impressed. Maybe it’s not Ping pong’s fault that my first dimsum experience was at yauatcha and everything else will probably pale in comparison, but I found this really bland and uninspiring.
We came here for work lunch and the atmosphere was fun (although they did give away our table to someone else in a mix up, they seated us quickly).
We let other people do the ordering, and everything was just 'meh’. There was a lot of dough in everything and not much actual filling. This really annoys me! The dough was think and stodgy, not the light yummy stuff I had previously had. I could have got past this, but the dough itself was a bit tasteless.
As a place, it’s OK. And I can understand why people flock here - if you’re a dimsum fan it’s great. I’ve got no idea how expensive it is - I dind’t even look at a menu and I didn’t pay! But I think it’s the high end of chain restaurant.
I won’t rush back here, but it wasn’t the worst experience ever. i did like their fresh lemonade though. it came with a shot of fresh peach juice to add to it. Yum.
Ping Pong is a great concept serving Chinese dim sum in a trendy interior. You tick which dishes you would like on a menu and give it to the waiter who then places the order. Dishes arrive as they are cooked. Little steam dumplings, fried prawns, various stir fried veg - there is a great assortment and its fun to be able to try a little bit of everything. There is also an unusual selection of coctails and juices on offer made from exotic fruits which are really delicious.
Ping Pong is my idea of heaven - dim sum plus cocktails. It’s the perfect combo for a fun night out with friends… which is why I was so disappointed by a recent night here. While the food was good (if not great), and the cocktails nice enough, the service was diabolical. There were two large groups of people upstairs, myself in one, and they had just one waiter for each large group. So as you can imagine, chaos ensued. Dishes were forgotten, waiters had to be nagged for things and cocktails had to be reordered several times, and it just ruined the evening which otherwise would have been fine. Note to Ping Pong - if you are going to allow large parties to book, ensure that you have enough staff to cope with them!
This place is a lovely venue for a date/family meal/night out with friends or simply a refuel mid-shopping. I ate here for the first time after completing a gruelling 10k run in the pouring rain. I was tired, cold, aching and absolutely ravenous.
Ping Pong was a good choice. The interior is pretty and comfortable, the Jasmine flowering tea was just what I needed to rejuvenate me (I won a race with my friends to see which flower would open fully first), and the food was perfectly satisfying.
Lacking the energy to decide what I wanted from the plentiful selection on offer, I opted for a set menu (about £12), and was pleased with the result. The spring rolls in particular were fantastic. The service was functional but we were given our various dishes at precisely the correct moments. The mango dessert was a little disappointing - basically a small blancmange with coconut sauce - and you could actually read the serial number from the plastic cup that it came from!
However, the whole menu is just slightly on the greasy/salty side to make this one of my favourite places.
Ping Pong is a chain without the chain atmosphere. All branches are intimate, the food is well priced and tasty and the decor is smart. Good value although not very child friendly - hard wooden tables where i have seen some accidents happen ...
The first time I went here was on a first date. I was very impressed with my beau's creative choice, and I loved it. It had such a great impact on me for it's delicious, different, involved dining and upstairs bar that I decided to take my own group of friends there for a fun girly night. And I was impressed once again. Fabulous! I sat outside under the heaters both nights, as inside was so packed, so if you intend to go, I would definately book. But you can sit on a traditionally low table and enjoy your own creative mixed menue with a big group of you, or join in with other diners. You order by ticking off a list with as many different little parcel meals as you like - and don't forget your wine! Ping Pong has a great atmosphere and decore, a handy and stylish bar upstairs, lovely big bathrooms and an outside area. Perfect for a great meal out. I love this place despite giggling at it's name every time!
We were all sat in the Nelly Dean pub on a Friday night, on roughly our fourth and fifth drink, all wondering where we could take our Mancunian visitors for some good food where it wouldn't be ludicrously expensive or stuffy and not too crowded.
We were completely stuck, even ringing around places for non-existent reservations...until someone suggested Ping Pong.
This place used to be a pub called The Cambridge. they served burgers, chips, ham, egg and beans and showed the football on a big screen. So it was quite a surprise for me to walk past one day and see it turned into a slightly trendy dim sum place.
Ping Pong has a daft name and they are becoming a little ubiquitous across London (someone mentioned there were 12 of them in the capital now?!) but I can forgive them because the concept is just great.
We strolled in there on a Friday night, six of us all starving and half-cut and we were immediately shown to a huge round table in the middle of the restaurant, and for th enext two hours we managed to demolish their (excellent) cocktail list (mmm Mojitos!), and sample pretty much everything on the menu.
Delicious parcels of loveliness (I think) is their tagline and that's right. Everything was ultra-tasty, well presented and well-cooked and the amounts were just right for us all to have slight trouble standing up at the end fo the night but no 'curry house bloated' feeling at all.
And the jasmine tea with the flowering seed... worth the visit alone!
I don't like dim sum. So imagine my surprise at loving Ping Pong, and now Dim Sum.
Ping Pong doesn't look like a run down cheap tatty Chinese. It looks modern and slick, slathered with oodles of black dark wood. It's really cool and funky and I could see as easily going on a date as with a group of mates.
The cocktail list is superb, the green teas have flowers than unfold as they heat up and the food is stunning. Really really tasty and I always order too much but finish it.
Oh the chilli dips rock too.
Service at this branch can be a little cold, but it's more a Wagamamas style environment than a normal restaurant so this doesn't bother me.
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