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“Over rated for sure”

M&L Chinese Restaurant
Ranked #618 of 2,784 Restaurants in Dublin
Cuisines: Asian, Chinese
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed 8 December 2017 via mobile

A friend raves about this place. After visiting I don’t see what. She is correct that service is dreadful but the food as well is not amazing. The food is certainly tasty, if they have it (there’s a lot crossed off the dirty menu and a lot unavailable even on the specials board not updated.). Whilst tasty it is also so full of salt we drank gallons of water after.

We had the crispy duck starter, stir fry scallops main (suspect there might be msg in the sauce) and the black pepper beef with rice. All were tasty and the mains are a big serve, but again not full of flavour other than salt and fat.

Deserts are from a card listing cakes and things purchased frozen. Even then most of them were crossed out. Not a single thing was an Asian sweet at all.

The service was awful. Appears to be students without any training whatsoever and nervous because they don’t have a clue and don’t handle the people or communication skills to interact with guests.

They say they take cards, but the card machine was broken. Another guest said it was broken when he was there a month earlier too.

With the awful dingy decor, glass top tables smeared with grease (or not cleaned with clean cloth), dirty menus, incompetent staff, and mediocre food we won’t be back. There’s much better Chinese and other Asian restaurants in Dublin where you’ll be welcomed, treated with respect and can eat a tasty meal for two for less than €60.

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Reviewed 2 November 2017 via mobile

This place has a good location but it is completely disappointing when it comes to service. Not only the time to process the order but also the fact that it has been misplaced and charged twice. Perhaps a shortage of staff or the language barrier could be improved. Food is reasonable if compared to other in the same are.

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Reviewed 1 November 2017 via mobile

Right - how to start this one? The food is simply splendid as well as very tasty, with the prices being very moderate for downtown Dublin. That has as a consequence that you will find yourself having your meal in a somewhat "fastfoody" setting with plastic table covers and thin paper napkins. This restaurant is nevertheless worth of your attention as the food and the service are simply excellent - so never mind the plastic covers and paperthin napkins.

Thank Manuel D
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Reviewed 31 October 2017

I ate the best ever Salted Spicy Squid, one of my favourite Chinese starters, here last week. The accompanying vegetable pieces were perfectly cooked. The Prawns in Szechuan sauce were big and juicy (by Irish standards) and there were plenty of them in this well balanced dish. The Roast Duck Cantonese style was properly cooked. The only negative throughout the whole meal was that there seemed to be a bit of confusion between the waiting staff and we ended up with the main courses without the accompanying rice which didn't arrive for quite a few minutes. Otherwise the service was fast and friendly. The prices were at the upper end of the range for Dublin but the quality of the food meant the dishes were value for money.

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Reviewed 2 October 2017 via mobile

My wife and I were looking forward to a Chinese meal while we were in Dublin...

We arrived early...around 5.30; pm after a long day sightseeing...

The service was excellent, water bought to us as soon as we sat down..menu was easy to order from..

We chose a Chicken Schezwan, and Black Bean Pork ...both as mains with some steamed rice...

This arrived promptly and was really good..

No one tried to upsell us or push drinks so overall a good experience..

Recommended to all Asian food lovers

Thank Alan B
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