“ 28 Wardour St, W1V 3HH. Tel: +44 (0)20 7287 3885. „
I appreciate that its cheap (ish) but at the end of the day you should still expect the food to have taste and be hot. Air con on full blast on a cold and windy november night dont help. Sorry, i found the place dirty and £3.50 a bottle of beer is just not good enough. They even had chips as part of the buffet! Having said that the person i went there with went up for seconds so what do i know!
Well, after a short (ish) absence from writing I've finally braved the pop-ups and offers of joining e-bay to write about a place I know very well by now. Mr Wu's is the base end of the Chinese restaurant world, you will get a cheap feed in a cramped atmosphere and poor service from evidently bored staff, and yet I still go back whenever I have to face the ordeal of central London! Why? Well - the price of course. So let's crack on shall we? Where is it? An easy one this - the address, for those who know London: 6-7 Irving St Leicester Square, London WC2H 7AT And for those that don't here's the way. The easiest way to get to Leicester Square from anywhere in London is by the Northern or Piccadilly lines on the Tube or (if you want to be a bit different) go to Charing Cross via the Northern or Bakerloo lines. Either way it's about the same distance to walk (well, maybe a bit further if you go to Charing Cross). Irving Street is off Charing Cross Road, it's simple to find from either of these stations - you're on Charing Cross road when you come out of Leicester Square tube and it's just a walk across Trafalgar Square from Charing Cross. Come to the road with the Big Pizza Hut on the corner and you've found it. OK, so you've got there, what next? Well this is the good bit. There's a buffet set up as you walk through the door, it's on the left as you go in and usually has a throng of people around it barring your way in. Fight your way through and grab hold of a waiter, he'll (I've never seen a female member of staff there) direct you towards a table (usually very abruptly and with little or no effort to appear friendly) and there you sit and order your drinks. Once you're all settled in you simply go on up to the buffet and help yourself to the grub, easy as you like. Food: <br >The food is always good. This is the reason I have been back time and time again, once you're installed and have fought off the mob you will get a decent meal. What the buffet consists of is really the most popular meals from most Chinese menus; there's a soup dish (chicken and Chinese mushroom generally, sometimes crabmeat), chicken wings and veggie spring rolls as starters, the main courses begin with the rice and noodles (VERY thin soft noodles and egg-fried rice) then go on to a choice of sweet and sour chicken or pork (the one that's all mixed up as a dish rather than the balls of meat in batter), beef with green peppers in black bean sauce or chicken curry and there is no choice of dessert on the buffet although you can pay a bit more for this if you like - I never do. The price is always good - £4.95 for as much as you can eat. The food is generally of a high quality, there's sauces for you to add and there's always plenty to go round, they do tend to scrimp on the meat a bit and add LOADS of vegetables to their dishes but it's OK if you get in just as a new tureen has been put out. My experience with this restaurant has always been great, waiter service is poor for the drinks and they are expensive if you want anything other than water but overall I've never been disappointed with the food or prices here. I most certainly will be going back to this place as it really does fill you up for less than a fiver! Next time you're in London give it a bash, you'll most probably come to the same conclusion. Much better than paying £25 for a pretty plate of "Nouvelle Cuisine" elsewhere in this part of town. I'll be back. Boon ;¬)
Cheap is about the only compliment you can give this place. If you want cheap, you can spend about 2-3 pounds more elsewhere and get a much better meal. I think that most diners would trade off the fact that you can eat as much as you want for a nominal fee with the need for quality. Moreover, the fact that you will never find any orientals in this place, besides the owners, reflects the quality and says it all. I suppose Wu's is one of those places you have to try once, or you take your student amigos, but in my opinion it isn't worth taking the family there for a quality meal. Lower your expections when you go in and you might only then be pleasantly suprised, other than when you receive the bill to beat all bills. My tip: is to go to Wagamama in nearby Lexington Street (go up wardour street, turn left into Brewer Street, past the NCP car Park turn right into Lexington Street - you will find it half way down before the light shop)
If cheap is what you are looking for look no further. Mr Wu is a chinese buffet offering about 12 items, priced at just £4.99 per person it represents the best value for a sit down I have come across. You can return & refill your plate as many times as you choose so is perfect for people with large apitites like my husband. Don't expect posh surroundings or service it is help yourself, on saying that if you ask for help the staff are very attentive.