New blog, first post, I thought I’d try to get two categories in the bag. This place is a Chinese Supermarket with a cafeteria. As I like to do many things backwards, like eat my pudding before my hors d’oeuvre, I’ll tell you my verdict first so you have the opportunity to skip over this post if it doesn’t float your boat.
Located on the first floor, the cafeteria presents a relatively decent meal for very little money. As such, I’ve given it a 3 (go to my “About” page to see what this means). I wouldn’t say that I’d travel just to eat there, but I would pop in if I was in the area and felt a little hungry. Open from 1200hrs to 1600hrs daily it’s perfect for a hangover day when you just can’t be bothered to cook and you also need to buy a massive bag of uncooked prawn crackers. I’m pretty sure that most of the stuff on the menu came out of a packet, a packet that came from the supermarket below, but that’s not a bad thing really. The cafeteria is very rough around the edges; if you don’t expect too much, you might be pleasantly surprised.
With regards to the supermarket, what can I say, it’s an oriental supermarket. The company is also an importer and wholesaler, so quite a few of the items should be competitively priced.
Apologies for the shitty photos, but I was trying to take them on the sly. Like a true hypocrite, I didn’t want to look like one of those twats that takes photos of their food, while taking photos of my food.
On the cafeteria
I think the best word to describe this is, basic. But, basic is good. Basic is filling. I’d have to say that the food at this place was better than many Chinese takeaways I’ve been to, and at the lower price end too.
The soup, unsurprisingly, tastes like salty water (and unfortunately looked like a big bowl of piss with some dismembered nut-sacks floating on the surface), but all the dumplings were perfectly acceptable.
Roast duck and pork with rice at the back; duck was on the salty side of okay. Some translucent nut-sacks filed with prawn and chive (middle left), black bean spare ribs (middle right) and deep-fried wonton in the foreground.
On the supermarket
A little drab and depressing but well stocked as you can see (with a variety of live seafood in tanks too). Not much to comment on, it’s an oriental supermarket with all the same shit that they all have. Prices look to be about average.
Address: A406 North Circular Road | Near Hanger Lane | Park Royal | London NW10 7SX
Tel: 020-8838 3388