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Go Sing Chinese Restaurant (West Drayton, Middlesex)

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Address: Go Sing Chinese Restaurant, 22 - 24 Station Road, West Drayton, Middlesex, UB7 7B

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      05.04.2012 22:06
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      All you can eat without the buffet!

      I am a huge fan of all you can eat Chinese buffets but Hubbie is not as keen as they never do any of his favourite dishes, so I rarely get to go. Luckily someone told me about Go Sing in West Drayton, which is an all you can eat Chinese that isn't a buffet. I found this to be an intriguing idea so a couple of weeks ago we decided to check it out with Little Man and Hub's best friend. We had eaten at Go Sing many years ago, but it was just an a la carte restaurant then.

      We arrived at around half six on a Sunday evening and the restaurant was pretty quiet. We were greeted warmly and seated straight away at a large table near the window. We were offered a choice of the all you can eat or a la carte menu but we went for the all you can eat. We ordered drinks while we perused the menu - we all had soft drinks so I'm not too sure on alcohol prices. It was £3.40 for a pint of diet coke, which is expensive but on par with what other buffet restaurants try as I'm sure they claw back some money on drinks. The waiter brought us a bowl of prawn crackers with a lovely chilli dip on the side and we were offered chopsticks and cutlery.

      The menu was a large laminated double sided sheet containing appetisers and main courses. It was stated on the menu that half eaten dishes would be charged for, which I guess dissuades people from ordering the whole menu. There were 124 dishes in total, including 27 appetisers. Our waiter told us that we could order what we liked, but had to eat what we had before we could order again, but not knowing how big the portions were we just ordered an appetiser each to test the water.

      Between the 3 adults we ordered Chicken Satay, Spare Ribs and Crispy Duck which were all delivered to our table in less than 10 minutes. There were 4 of each of the ribs and satays, and about half a duck with six pancakes, shredded vegetables and plum sauce. The satays were really nice and juicy with a sweet drizzle of peanut sauce. The ribs were a little dry and tasteless, but there are two other types of ribs on the menu so we will try one of the others next time. The star of the appetisers was the duck - the meat was moist without being overly greasy with lots of crispy skin. I could have sat and devoured it on its own. Little Man loved it too, but luckily he only has a little appetite.

      We decided to order a main and side each but share them all. Hubs went for mixed meat curry with shredded chicken rice, Dan had sweet and sour pork with special fried rice and I had duck in black bean sauce with beef chow mein. The mixed meat curry consisted of large chunks of chicken, beef and pork in a thick Chinese curry sauce. The lack of a decent curry is what really puts Hubs off of buffets and this got a huge thumbs up from him - so much that he ordered seconds. The rice was egg fried rice with chunks of shredded chicken in it, which was a big hit with Little Man. The pork in the sweet and sour was not at all fatty and the batter was light and the special fried rice was as good as any I have tasted. My duck in black bean sauce was delicious, with lots of lean slices of duck and a generous helping of sauce. The chow mein was lovely too but I felt it needed a bit more beef. While Hubs ate his second helping of curry we ordered some spring rolls and chilli chicken wings which were lovely too.

      After all this we were absolutely stuffed so decided against any dessert, which is not included in the buffet. We were given hot towels to freshen up at the end of the meal, which was nice after all the sticky picky bits. We were in the restaurant for about an hour and a half and at no time felt rushed like I have experienced in buffets before, although this may be different if they are very busy. The waiters in the restaurant were lovely, but the waitresses who helped carry the dishes to the table were quite miserable, but this is the only negative I can find and it did not impact on our meal at all. I definitely prefer this form of all you can eat Chinese, as it meant you always had fresh and piping hot food and will be going back soon to sample more delights from the menu.

      The buffet costs £15.95 per adult and £9.50 for children under 10. I think this is excellent value for money especially when you consider how much crispy duck is on its own - We certainly ate our money's worth! They also offer a standard take away service, which seemed really popular. The restaurant is located on West Drayton High Street and there is a car park at the rear of the restaurant but we managed to get street parking outside. The restaurant is only 10 minutes away from Heathrow airport so if you local to West Drayton or travel through the airport I would recommend you give Go Sing a try.

      For more details see www.gosingchinese.com

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