“ College Green, Tywyn, Gwynedd County LL36 9BS. Tel:01654 711301 „
While staying in Tywyn recently my daughter commented that she fancied a Chinese. We were staying at a campsite and you know what it's like when you're in the open air for much of the day, of course as soon as she said this none of us could get the thought of rich Chinese food out of our heads - luckily my son-in-law knows Tywyn like the back of his hand and he soon got us to the Happy Garden Takeaway which is located on the High Street.
We decided to buy a selection of dishes and share it amongst the five adults, two children and a toddler as this seemed the smartest idea. Although the Happy Garden does have some set menus for larger parties such as ours they were not suitable for our personal tastes so we spent a while deciding on what food we would all like, we didn't feel rushed at all even though the takeaway was fairly busy at the time of our visit and the lady taking the order was most helpful whenever we asked for advice or particular components of a meal to be substituted.
As with most Chinese restaurants, most of the staff are closeted at the back frantically producing all the food that people have ordered. We encountered two members of staff while ordering and waiting for the food and they were lovely; happy and extremely polite, they spoke excellent English which is always a boon as unfortunately my local Chinese takeaway has become a nightmare to visit as the poor English of the staff makes it embarrassing and awkward to place any order. Presumably there would be a Welsh speaker too, although of the seven people in the takeaway at the same time as us there was only one lady who had the barest trace of a Welsh accent so perhaps in Tywyn there is not the need for it as there is up in the mountains of North Wales.
I must admit I was pleasantly surprised with how quickly our order was called out. We had probably been sitting inside for ten minutes when a large box was passed over the counter containing our food, they had popped some welcome freebies in as it was a large order including spring rolls and prawn crackers. Our order was completely correct and the portion sizes of all meals was perfect, all being served in standard aluminium containers which were well stacked inside the box to avoid leakage on the way back to our campsite.
I was 100% impressed with every morsel of food I ate from the Happy Garden. All meat dishes tasted fresh and perfectly cooked, the food is definitely not overly greasy and the vegetable-to-meat ratio was excellent - something that is very important when you consider that a beef meal I ordered from my local takeaway recently contained just six small pieces of beef with the meal being bulked out by an extraordinary amount of carrots, onions and beansprouts! This didn't happen here and I felt the takeaway was probably one of the most generous I've visited when it came to sharing out the meat, noodles and prawns in various dishes. My personal favourite was the Cantonese Style Sweet & Sour King Prawns which were absolutely delicious and served in a wonderfully tangy sauce, I counted no less than 12 large prawns in this dish which made it excellent value for money and oh-so tasty.
The spare ribs too are worth a mention. Forget the fatty ribs found in many Chinese takeaways, these were pure meat with very little visible fat on them (well, just enough to make it a proper spare rib!) and served in a sauce that was a cross between BBQ sauce and gravy which coated and complimented the ribs beautifully. I thought we had been rather excessive ordering three portions of these but after the last one was eaten I almost wished we'd ordered more!
Thanks to this fabulous takeaway we went to bed that night with full bellies, and certainly ate better than most of the other campsite residents who were struggling to get sausages and burgers barbecued in rather strong winds!