Restaurant - Chinese in Bath
Bath and North East Somerset
Recently, at Bath's Hong Kong Bistro I was fortunate enough to chomp on a plate of Pad Thai. It was so wonderful that much like one would kick-start a gerbil with a brick, so it kick-started a train of thoughts that began with a reminiscence of a hotel in Thailand where I floundered about in the pool awaiting a seemingly-inevitable harpoon. My thoughts danced about a little further (pausing momentarily on a woman in Thailand who did something rather disturbing with a ping-pong ball for money) before finally settling on the idea that the only thing to make Bath's Hong Kong Bistro more authentic was for Bruce Lee to leap out of the kitchen and karate-chop me in the neck. It could, of course, easily be determined that the latter was not the most rational of the thoughts buzzing and pinging about in my head that day, particularly given that Pad Thai is not one of the mainstays of Chinese cuisine and that Bruce Lee is sadly long-dead. It was however, yet another dish from the Hong Kong Bistro that compelled my taste buds to dance a merry jig and swiftly despatch a memo to my tummy to inform it that it would soon be very happy indeed. I have visited the Hong Kong Bistro on more than one occasion, albeit only for lunch, and unlike making a visit to my bank, not once have I ever been so disappointed with the experience that I have pondered hurling through the door a wildly-shaken box of wasps. While Bath's Hong Kong Bistro does not necessarily pride itself on either its decor or its service, it would be fair to suggest that the reason is simply because it does not need to. There is nothing wrong with either thing, and I would describe both as simple and effective. Sure, I would not object to being hand-fed truffles by supermodels while I sat on the back of a small platinum horse, but this is not the place for such necessities. Bath's Hong Kong Bistro is more a canteen for quick, awesome food, service with an absence of French waiters being snotty, rude and stereotyped, and for daydreaming about Bruce Lee or the cartoon character, Hong Kong Phooey. In terms of price, it is roughly half as expensive as something that costs twice as much. My Pad Thai was, for example, half the price of almost six sandwiches from Waitrose, but in terms of value-for-money, unless someone shows me somewhere I can buy a clone of Cheryl Cole for thirty quid, there is little comparison in Bath. On the whole, to conclude and at the end of the day an' that (know what I mean, innit?) Bath's Hong Kong Bistro is an excellent place for lunch. I may actually go there for dinner one day too. You should visit them very soon.
Dan Griffin - 12/10/2012 | report this review
This place had big shoes to fill as it used to be "chopsticks" which was a great little chinese restaurant, it's done well. It's like Wagamama's with the write your order on your table and bring when done service and the food is just as good, if not better. There is plenty of choice for main meals and for side orders too. Great place to go for a quick lunch as it is speedy service and the staff are nice and polite. Prices may be a little high but they are big portions. Good place to go as a group as well.
A User - 03/09/2008 | report this review
Well this place is great for a quick lunch with/without friends but not so good for a romantic meal for two. The food is impressive and a fair price considering you get a whole mountain of it on your plate! Far too much for me but i stuggled through it! The service was friendly and very quick, almost too quick as i was trying to fill a whole hour there but was out within 25 mins. Good selection to choose from on the menu. But, it reminds me of a school canteen/cafe with hard chairs, brightly lit and paper placemats. Its not comfortable to eat there but the food is good. Ok if you are on your lunch hour alone and want something very filling very quickly.
A User - 09/08/2008 | report this review
Big portions, great food. Inexpensive. Well worth it. The only thing I regret is the lack of atmosphere, so not a romantic dinner for two but if your hungry and don't want to pay a fortune but do want quality food then this is your place.
A User - 03/05/2008 | report this review
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