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      11.09.2001 23:43
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      Tangs was the best Chinese Restaurant in Cardiff. My friend and I stumbled in there a year and a half ago after a midweek afternoon skiving in the pub and after having been told that the restaurant we'd initially intended to eat at was full. Tangs was also nearly full but they found a place for us, explaining that it was a set menu that night. We both vegetarians but they said that was OK. We didn't know what to expect but Tangs was a high quality restaurant so we trusted them. It finally dawned on us that the date was actually Chinese New Year, so we sat back to see what they would give us. We had to sober up pretty quickly to appreciate the meal that was put in front of us. It remains to this day, not merely the finest Chinese meal I have ever tasted but actually the finest meal of any kind. My friend, her partner and I went back for Chinese New Year this year and had a meal that was almost as good (but much more expensive)and shortly afterwards, the restaurant changed hands. I was a bit dubious about the idea of it being taken over by an ex rugby player - it's just opposite the entrance to the Millennium Stadium so it's ideally placed to take advantage of the rugby crowd - I assumed I'd never set foot in there again. When my boyfriend said he was booking a table at a good restaurant for my birthday it didn't occur to me that the Tangs menu was hanging up in the kitchen and of course, not knowing that it had changed hands but knowing how much I'd raved about the place, he would try to book there. As we reached the door on the night, he said 'Did you know it had changed? I thought you'd want to try it. Apparently they have the same chef.' I tried to look pleased. The thing is, the food on Chinese New Year was always extra special, so I mustn't compare my birthday meal to that. It was quite good, though. It would have been more interesting if the waiter hadn't mis-heard 'bean curd' as 'be an sprouts' thereby giving us two dishes almost the same (I never send things back, even if it's obviously a mistake - unless I'm given meat or fish, of course). The staff were friendly and attentive though, I don't want to suggest that there was any problem with them. The rugby memorabilia on the walls is a bit odd, as is the blurb in the front of the menu explaining that Barry John's nickname used to be 'The King' so welcome to his new kingdom, oh yes, and a plug for his autobiography, if I remember rightly. I probably won't go back, but if you're a fan of all things Welsh Rugby then I should think you'll appreciate it.

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        24.07.2001 00:01
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        Tangs was a really nice chinese. I never went there during the evening but I did visit it two or three times for their sunday lunch. £10 for an all you can eat Sunday buffet. Excellent value. Tangs was not the only place in Cardiff to offer this deal but it was among the best. Tangs is now called "Barry Johns Oriental Experiance" and as you can guess, is trying to cash in on the name of Barry John (One of the greatest rugby players of all time for those who don't know) as it's located directly outside the Millennium Stadium. I'm a bit dubious about he change and I don't know if it's the same owners looking to generate a bit more trade or new people. Anyway, that's the situation. Tangs no longer exists.

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