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...
10 reviews of Golden Pagoda in English
I was in London with my brother and my father the weekend before New Year's Eve and so we wanted to have a nice evening in Chinatown.
So we decided to eat at the Golden Pagoda. We went inside and it felt as if the waitress was annoyed that there are more guests coming.
When she came to take our order, she was looking like "Ok guys, hurry up, 'got some stuff more interesting to do...". So we made our order and after my father ordered some food, she asked in an unfriendly way "Don't you want any sides?" and my father answered "Why? Isn't rice as a side included?", she answered again as if he was stupid "Uhhh NO" (In Germany rice is included).
When she brought the drinks, she poured some of my drink aside to my glass without apologizing or bringing me a new drink.
The food itself was average, it was a little flavourless, the duck was a little gummy.
Then, although one of us was still eating, another waiter came and already wanted to clear away the tables.
As we wanted to pay, the waitress told us, that we couldn't pay with our banknotes, because they were old. Unfortunately this was our german bank's fault, they gave us 'old' banknotes, but the waitress was again very unfriendly, she was also chewing on something while talking to us.
After that evening we were all really shocked and to everyone who wants to eat chinese food in London, go somewhere else! The prices aren't really cheap (therefore that you have to pay extra for sides), the food is only average on a lower level and the service is just more than insufficient!
By the way, I'm from Germany, so please kindly excuse any linguistic mistakes.
Well, I have to say the dim sum was really very good this time! I especially liked the duck spring-roll and duck in sticky rice that had also been pan fried (though they could have drained the oil a bit better before serving). We shared a dozen or so dishes, and all of them were good. The steamed dough was light and fresh, the prawns tasted fresh and were well cooked, and I even liked the brass teapot that poured without spilling!
So now I have four options to choose from when in London Chinatown :-)
Down from 4 stars.
My last two visits have been marred by an annoying, nosy mainland waiter who would butt into my conversations with my fellow diners. Throughout our meals, he would stand very close to our table and we could not help but feel our conversations were being eavesdropped on. He would without any warning contribute his unsolicited two cents to our discussion and ask very personal information, e.g. where we are from, where we live, etc. I normally enjoy chatting to my servers, but this one is annoying, if not a little creepy.
Being Chinese, I am very particular about my food, especially when it comes to Chinese food. Golden Pagoda serves good Chinese in large portions. They are also very accommodating with my dietary requests (e.g. hot and sour soup, with no meat, no seafood, extra hot, extra vegetables, eggs ok). Once I even managed to order something that was not in the menu.
The only reason this place does not get five stars is the sometimes rude staff. I do not believe they are intentionally rude. It is most probably down to language barrier.
I’ve been eating at the Golden Pagoda several times and never have been disappointed. The food is always great and they have a good selection of different food.
When you arrive before noon, you will be able to select from the the Dim Sum menu, which consists of a large variety of different small “snacks”.
I recommend this place to everyone who is looking for good Chinese food.
Just had one of the worst chinese
meals combined with a service that
when the bill with gratuity added
arrives makes you feel mugged.
Grissly meat and the congeled
rice isn't as good as tesco's diy stuff.
With so many Chinese restaurants in China Town it’s difficult to choose. I can at least recommend that the Golden Pagoda serves gorgeous food at good prices. There are about three floors with seating. The service was impeccable with waiters lingering. There is a choice of set meals or a main menu and the wine comes at the usual price. Good value, great experience.
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