I had been going to this place for years. It is open all hours so no matter what time you leave a bar or pub locally, your hunger pains can be sorted quite quickly here. Now living in the city/east, I seldom get the opportunity to venture into this side of town unless it is a review, invited event, theatre etc. We were at a reunion drinks nearby in Soho, another area which is a rarity for me and as it was a week night, after a couple of drinks, we decided to have some food. Everyone was on board for Chinese food, so New Mayflower ticked two boxes, one, I recalled it being very good and two, it’s on tastecard with 241. Deal!
There it was still shinining bright on Shaftesbury Avenue. It really does command its space and stands out from all of the other similar cuisine restaurants in the area. We dropped them a bell, as you have to book to take advantage of the tastecard offer, then we made our way there.
It was mostly how I remembered it. Quick staff and good food. As well as the normal noodles, aromatic duck and sweet/sour dishes, I discovered they have dim sum which i was really craving. Having recently developed a taste for it, I thought why not? It would have been easy to order my usual dish, but I thought I would mix it up. My dining companies ordered a variety of dishes from beef to chicken, to share.
When my dim sum basket arrived, I was delighted with the different coloured and filled parcels. I also went for pork and prawn dumplings, which unfortunately was not good. They tasted tough and pretty much like they had been hanging around for a while. The fatty gristle bits made me want to heave. Such a shame really as everything else was as good as i remembered it being. I Will still go again, I will just be really careful when ordering new things.
68 – 7- Shaftesbury Avenue