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“Phoenix rising.”
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Joy King
Ranked #22 of 38 Restaurants in Voorschoten
Cuisines: Chinese
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Reviewed 3 December 2014

I first visited this restaurant in 1987 when it was a family run business much the same as any other Chinese restaurant in the area. The food was good, the portions ample and the staff was friendly and efficient. They had a large customer base and the restaurant was always busy. The owner retired and the son tried to take it upmarket with table settings more akin to a Michelin starred restaurant and the food changed from what we were used to and clearly not to the liking of the regulars. The customers dwindled and the restaurant went in decline with almost all the trade being takeaway orders. It then tried the old well tried menu, but the customer base had disappeared and the restaurant was empty most evenings. We stayed loyal and although we did not go there very often the food was good and the service remained friendly and efficient, but there is little atmosphere when there is hardly any other customers in the room. Last night we were there again and we got a pleasant surprise. The cooking had changed so much that I asked if they had got a new chef, but no, it was the same one. He or she must have got inspiration from somewhere. Now the Singapore noodles were greatly improved with more shrimp and chicken than ever before. The roast pork was crisply cooked and the sauce served apart to avoid it going soggy and the crispy duck was the same, crisp and delicious with the sauce served apart. This is a great improvement and the food can be highly recommended. My hope is that the eating-in customers will return to make this a lively restaurant again. I wish them much success for the future.

Date of visit: December 2014
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Thank inger088
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Reviewed 13 April 2014

Very good service, excellent local Chinese food. It was a good mix of food with one of the set menu selections. Fairly priced as well. The menus were only in Dutch but by sounding out the words and communicating with the server we did just fine.

Date of visit: April 2014
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Reviewed 16 October 2012

We get take away food from here at least once per month. The staff are always friendly, and if there is any waiting time, a complimentary beer and some small snack is offered to while the time away. They speak Dutch, Cantonese, Mandarin, a little Hakka, and reasonable English.
Favourite dishes are the staples - crispy duck with pancakes (Wor Show Ap met pannekoeken), and Kung Po, either prawn (Ha) or chicken (Kai).
Servings are more than generous, and prices very reasonable.

Date of visit: October 2012
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Reviewed 16 January 2012

Friendly service from mainly Cantonese staff (but Mandarin, Cantonese, Dutch and English are all spoken). Ambience is a little shabby, but the food is great, the kitchen will prepare however you like your food, and the price is low. Our favourite source for takeaways. Especially recommend the crispy duck (Wor Show Ap), and the Joy King prawns.

Date of visit: January 2012
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Reviewed 26 April 2011

I'm not against Joy King, but i'd rather go to Chinese restaurants in Wassenaar which is geographically only about 4-5kms away. I don't recommend the food here. The taste is just so-so. But of course there are only two Chinese restaurants in Voorschoten, so people wouldn't mind to get whatever they get in the package.

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Thank imasruben
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