My Old Place – Review (London City/East End)

I’m a frequent diner here and I kid you not, it will undoubtedly give you maximum flavour and maximum bang for your buck. Sister restaurant to Gourmet San, it’s a very cheap specialist Szechuan cuisine located in close proximity to Liverpool St.  The food authentic, fresh and full of bold flavours and you’ll even walk away with change from 20 quid! Don’t expect silver service though, or great decor, some might argue the floors are a bit sticky, staff may appear to be abrupt, it may be down to language barriers but don’t take offence – just ask nicely and you will get – they have always taken care of me. But know this if you care about your food it comes out quickly, flawlessly, piping hot and there is a lot of it!

I’ll let you know what ‘must haves’ you need to order:

Stewed beef with potatoes – perfectly slow cooked brisket of beef, melt in the mouth tender with potatoes that have soaked up the rich umami flavour spiced with star anise.

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Green beans with spicy mince pork. To all the thorough-bred carnivores out there, I assure 1000% that it’s all about the vegetable in this dish, fried to perfection, crunchy, fresh and wok tossed with dried chilli’s, with tiny cubes of salty pork belly and sichuan bean paste. If you don’t oder this, you will lose out.

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Stew fried aubergine – this comes out like molten larvae, deep fried so it’s bound to taste good, you’ll get a umami, oyster sauce richness and it’s all freshened up with freshly chopped coriander. Amazing.

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Yu-Shiang pork – it’s sweet, sticky, spicy and savoury (from the sichuan bean paste) all at once. But it works, you’ll get a mouthful of shredded pork, bean shoots, spring onions and dried chilli if you’re not careful!

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Pork and pak choi dumplings. These are awesome, hand made on the premises and boiled for a short while and they arrive steaming hot. The filling has a great meaty flavour and the dumpling pasta has a nice texture. Ask for vinegar (not soy) to cut through the richness. They are mouth watering great.

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The verdict;

The damage: Expect to pay 15-20 pounds per head with a beer or two!
The good: Really strong robust, authentic flavours, maximum bang for your buck, large portions, fast service and can accommodate large parties.
The bad: A bit rough and ready, sometimes dishes can come out greasy.
Rating: 4/5
88-90 Middlesex St, London E1 7EZ

 

 

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