The Good Earth, Mill Hill

On the way back from a customer last week and rather than race back for the usual pret sandwich we decided to stop here for a quick bite. I've often passed this branch of the Good Earth and was keen to compare it to it's Knightsbridge stable mate. It was absolutly tipping it down so once we had negotiated the very strange one way system around the outside of the mill hill roundabout we parked up and ran into the restaurant. The staff were very friendly on entering and I readily took up their offer to hang up and dry out my jacket. I wasn'y massively busy inside but several tables were occupied by regulars. We sat down and ordered a dish each and a couple of portions of rice. The menu is the same as Knightsbridge with the same toppy prices. I stopped going there a few years ago as I found it expensive especially if you had a drink. As I we were working we just had soft drinks but the bill was still fairly expensive especially for Mill Hill.

Having said that the food was very nice indeed. The lamb cooked with chilli was very tasty as was my chicken dish. Nice flavours not too greasy and it didn't leave me thirsty all afternoon. The service was very good and I could tell the staff here make a real effort to cultivate return business. The regular who forgot his wallet was told not a problem and to pay when he came in next week. Similarly the couple with a young baby were shown to a nice table and well looked after. The interior is pretty standard chinese restaurant 101 but then who wants to stare out at the A41? Not sure I would make a detour to dine here but it's worth negotiating the one way system for and it was a good refuge from the driving rain.

Monday, July 04, 2011
Overall rating
Food 8 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 5

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