Well, SE1 6SF
- 97 Newington Butts
Now closed; was a Chinese restaurant and takeaway at Elephant & Castle. As of mid-2012, the premises were occupied by a pan-Asian restaurant called Nom Noms Cafe, in 2014 it is occupied by After Taste, SE1 6SF.
The information below is retained for people who want to know what it was like.
secretlondon placed an order with them one Thursday in February 2009. I had house special Japanese fried noodles (£4.10) photo which was mixed meats in gravy with fat Japanese noodles. I also had five vegetarian spring rolls (£2.70), six pork dumplings (£3.70) photo, a 1.5 litre bottle of diet coke (£1.80) and a 1.5 litre carton of orange juice (£2.80).
Kake and bob gave them another go on a Saturday evening in July 2009, ordering via Urbanbite. Among the starters, deep-fried salt and chilli squid (£4.20) was not good; there was too much of the batter coating, which was bland and very greasy and had failed to stick to the squid. Deep-fried corn-smoked chicken (£3.60) was better, though still nothing special, and no smokiness was detectable. Pork dumplings (£3.70) — see secretlondon's photo linked above — were fine.
Moving on to mains, Szechuan tofu (£3.40) was very bland; the sauce hadn't penetrated the tofu at all. Kake initially mistook the fried aubergine in yellow bean sauce (£3.40) for sea-spiced aubergine, and indeed they may have just sent us the wrong thing. In any case, it had a reasonable flavour but was spoiled by excessive greasiness. Boiled rice (£1.70) was below average.
Kake's verdict: Nothing special.