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Category Archives: Cheap and Cheerful

KISS KISS

Photographs: David Straight Sometimes, you want something a bit better than fluorescent lights and Chinese gameshows. So let us rejoice in the third restaurant opening of Jasper and Ludo Maignot and Celeste Thornley (L’Oeuf & Chinoiserie), northern-Thai all-dayer Kiss Kiss. There are communal wooden tables, pastel mosaics, indoor palms and kitschy parasols; the cocktail menu is […]

MUMBAI CHAAT

Photographs: David Straight Mumbai Chaat is spotlessly clean and brightly lit: it is bright orange on the outside and yellow on the inside with one big long line of tables down one side. There is a lot of Formica and a television on the wall streaming – what else – Bollywood movies. You are here […]

TASTY NOODLES

Photographs: David Straight We went to Tasty Noodles, oh, about a year or so ago and we didn’t really like it. We had a plate of noodles in a bland sesame sauce and an insipid bowl of spicy beef noodles and the place felt forlorn. A year on, everything at this northern-Chinese diner is different. […]

CHINESE DUMPLING KING

Photographs: David Straight The hilarious name, a badly translated menu (some of it’s in German?), the picture of Helen Clark circa 1996, and a chance to meet the owner – Grumpy Dumpling Lady – are reasons enough to visit Chinese Dumpling King. Situated next door to the fish market in the Lim Supermarket complex on […]

WANG WANG

Photographs: David Straight Its very brilliant moniker aside, Wang Wang Spring Pancake – to use its full name – is a small, spotlessly clean little shopfront on Dominion Road – the service is friendly, and they will happily tell you what to eat and how much. They serve many things here, but they’re side shows […]