Maximini, Lancaster Gate: great neighbourhood Chinese

We go here a fair bit as it is right near my mum's and it has to be said it is a great neighbourhood restaurant. This bit of the West End has been crying out for a good chinese restaurant for years, your only choice is to go up to Bayswater or play russian roulette at the tourist traps up in Chinatown. Maxi mini is very well run with charming service and tasty food. When it first opened they didn't have a drinks license so we had the extra fun of popping into the Victoria pub next door for drinks to bring back to the restaurant.

We had a lovely family feast here on Christmas Eve and the manageress and staff really understood how to make it feel special.. The food is very nice, good portions and pretty reasonable. This particular site has been a bit of a white elephant in the past with an Iranian and French restaurant opening and closing. I'm pleased to see that Maximini is thriving and so it deserves to, the Victoria next door is lively so this little enclave is becoming a good spot to spend a pleasant evening.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Overall rating
Food 8 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 8

Still go here regularly, lovely spot though it is a bit more pricey than it used to be

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