Giant Panda

Giant Panda, on Princes Avenue, is an all-you-can-eat chinese restaurant. A party of 12 of us went last night.

With such a large party, ordering can be quite difficult, so we started with a mixed platter of starters – spring rolls, spare ribs, etc. The stand out here for me were the spare ribs with a kind of fruity glaze on them. It was a little like sucking a boiled sweet at the same time as eating the rib. After the platters, everyone’s favourite crispy duck pancakes – no complaints there.

For the mains, we had a variety of things – I won’t list them all, but the crispy chilli beef wasn’t particularly chilli – a little disappointing even – while on the other hand the beef in black bean sauce was one of the best I’ve ever had – for some reason it seemed to have more chilli peppers in than the crispy beef! The chicken & cashew nut was also better than average.

As it was all-you-can-eat, commenting on portion size is irrelevant, but requests for more food or extra dishes were met very promptly – the service was very good indeed. At £12.88 (on fridays and saturdays; cheaper sun-thurs) per head and drinks which aren’t super expensive (£2.50 a pint), it’s quite affordable (we had a competition to guess how much the bill would be – I guessed the lowest and got it right).

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