“ 5 Savoy Crescent,Central Milton Keynes,MK9 3PU. Tel:01908 331883 „
Milton Keynes is full of restaurants, and there is one that stands out above the rest in the Theatre District. The food is tasty, the service is outstanding and the menu offers plenty of choices for those who want authentic Chinese and Asian Cooking. However, one thing puts me off. The restaurant has been given a 1 star rating from the MK Council. While this isn't a major problem, it isn't something you expect from an expensive restaurant. Outside, the restaurant is very inviting, pulling you in. While you look around, thinking about your options, one of the staff will come and introduce you, giving you a menu to look at. When you walk in, you are greeted by a nice 'Hello', and walked to your table. You get plenty of time to decide what you want to eat, and you don't feel rushed. There are plenty of choices on the menu, but most of it are probably too authentic for most people. You can also choose from various set menus that offer great value for money. However, the other choices are quite expensive compared to other places. When you order, the nice pleasant service continues. The food arrives very promptly after you order. The setting is very soothing and matches the quality of the food, but can seem quite old fashioned at times. When the food arrives, the food smells lovely, and the smell will drift into your nose, encouraging you to eat it. All of the food is top quality, and matches the price you pay. However, there is one big problem. The place was given a 1 star rating by the MK Council. This isn't a big threat to health, but it is certainly something you don't expect from a upmarket restaurant, considering almost everywhere else in the theatre district is rated 4 or 5 stars. A great restaurant in the heart of MK. The food and service provide a great experience, and it might be quite expensive but is certainly value for money all things considered. However, the Health and Safety Rating leaves things to be desired.
The Milton Keynes Theatre area is a pedestrian area with restaurants, bars and pubs as well as a club or two. The Theatre itself is at one end facing the shopping centre, with an art gallery right next to it. At the other end of this area, facing the Xcape building (famous for its indoor snow ski slope), are car parking spaces. The Tai Pan Restaurant is quite close to the theatre, and offers a pre-theatre dinner for £8.50 per person, excluding drinks. On one trip to the theatre I was in a group of four people, and we decided to have dinner at the Tai Pan before going to see the play. We were greeted and led to our table by an extremely polite and welcoming waiter, who gave us our menus, took our drinks orders, and left us to decide on what we wanted to eat. We decided to try the pre-theatre dinner option. Two chose duck crispy pancake rolls, one chose prawn crackers (complete with tails), and I chose the vegetarian pancake rolls. We all enjoyed our selections. My pancake rolls were light and crispy and very tasty. The prawn crackers were an amazing sight, with the tails poking out of the toast, and were reportedly delicious. For main courses, two of us chose beef with onions and black bean sauce, and two chose sweet and sour chicken. I didn't try the sweet and sour chicken, but judging by the reactions of the two who did, it didn't disappoint. My beef dish was excellent. The meat was tender, and the sauce was very tasty with just that fiery hint you expect from a black bean sauce. It came with delicious egg fried rice, and the one person in our party who is allergic to eggs was catered for with eggs-free fried rice. We all shared a good Argentinean white wine, and our final bill was £51 for the four of us, including drinks. The service throughout was excellent, with smiling waiters and very short waiting times, so that we left contented and in good time for the play we were going to see.
Located in the heart of the Milton Keynes theatre district, Taipan is an oriental restaurant specialising in seafood dishes that offers a full variety of Chinese cooking and Asian flavours. Ranging from the small delicacies known as dim sum to the more substantial dishes that we all recognise. The large assortment of dishes available allows all taste buds and appetites to be satisfied.