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The Mandarin Chef

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Winchester Road, Romsey SO51 9AL, England
+44 1794 512170
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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64 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had the all you can eat buffet. The format is great as you can order what you like and try lots of different things, plus order more if there is something you particularly like. We had two rounds of starters. The smoked chicken was particularly good, but the chef's pork chunks were chewy and tasteless - I would give... More 

Thank ems_erh
Southampton, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

First off with the downsides, yes the building and décor are dated but the food and service are what you pay for and over the past 12 months we have eaten here regularly and travel some distance to do so and we have never been disappointed. I have been here when it is quiet and when it is packed and... More 

1 Thank SeychellsSensation
Romsey, United Kingdom
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40 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I've noticed that the ingredients were quite good, and the food was delicious. Unfortunately I once again realized I don't like it. I love many Asian kitchens but the Chinese just... Hmm. I don't know. Maybe it's the greasiness :/ I would still recommend everyone to go and taste, this is just my stupid opinion and I'm sure many will... More 

Thank mmar1a
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 April 2017

Went on a Sunday with 7 family members and enjoyed the buffet. Rather than traditional buffets, you can pick dishes from a set menu (plenty of choices, including Peking duck as a second course, before your mains) and they bring the food to your table. It is very good value and the dishes are very good, although do not expect... More 

Thank Pdriver4
Southampton, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 March 2017 via mobile

Seeing the great reviews we decided to have a family night out here. The decor is dirty with food splashed up the walls next to the table. A hole in ceiling patched with a sheet of paper and cello tape! The table food warmers have probably never ever been cleaned and were disgusting covered in old food stains etc. Paper... More 

1 Thank Mikea55
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229 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2017

We had a retirement party for 25 people in a separate room which we were able to decorate & it was a great success. The staff were very efficient yet discreet & the food was well presented & hot & everyone enjoyed it. It's not easy dealing with a large party but they managed very efficiently. We had 2 set... More 

Thank Pearl65
Southampton, United Kingdom
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37 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

We were a group of 7 family going to the Mandarin Chef to celebrate our 40th Wedding Anniversary and my wife's Birthday on Sunday 12th March. As always, the staff are fantastic and nothing is too much trouble for them. The food is excellent and the drinks are very fairly priced. We've been many times to this great place and... More 

Thank Roger B
London, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2017 via mobile

Definitely recommend the lunchtime buffet. No complaints whatsoever. Extremely friendly and helpful staff.

Thank Ross A
Salisbury, United Kingdom
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57 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 March 2017

What can I say? every take out we have ever had has been Resturant quality, the only reason I have only I have given 4 stars is that the portions are not that large!

Thank Nicr0n
Poole, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2017

We booked a table for early evening just in case it was busy. It was busy but what a fabulous place. The service and attention were first rate without being pushy. The waiter suggested a set "eat as much as you like" buffet, which at first we were tempted to disregard, but as common sense prevailed we were very pleased... More 

Thank Mike R

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Chinese, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Winchester Road, Romsey SO51 9AL, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Hampshire  >  Romsey
  • Phone Number: +44 1794 512170

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Eastleigh, United Kingdom
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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?