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Nu Aysia chinese/oriental, Westcliff, Essex restaurant review

I had been wanting to go to this restaurant in Hamlet Court Road, Westcliff, for a long time, as it looks modern and promising.  Once inside, we felt the interior was pleasant and comfortable with nice lighting and we were welcomed with a smile. 

We had the dim sum basket to start which was lovely.  But it became disappointing.  Plain rice, well there’s nothing to say about that, it is what it is.   The seabass dish steamed with ginger was lovely.  Kung po king prawns I thought were bland and the prawns did not have a nice texture.  And then the so called stir fried vegetables turned out to be virtually all cabbage with a bit of brocolli and were soggy and tasteless yet we asked for them in garlic and ginger.  We were not asked mid meal if our meal was OK, but we called them to change the vegetables and they did, so that was good.  But, they came back just as soggy but at least had garlic and ginger on them.  I couldn’t eat them though and I love my vegetables. I cannot eat soggy vegetables.  I expected bok choi or something more chinese and crunchy.  The waitress/possible manageress? came over and asked us if they were OK second time and I said they were soggy and not stir fried as they had obviously been par steamed or par boiled before going into the wok.  She disagreed and said they were stir fried and that they may be different to other restaurants.  Yes they certainly are and they were horrible but I didn’t appreciate the rudeness or curtness in her attitude.  And they definitely were NOT stir fried, and wouldnt be soggy in the two minutes they took to redo them.

So, I cannot say all the food was bad because half of it was OK, but not worth the prices they charge overall.  There are far better Chinese/asian restaurants in the Southend area (as you will see from my over 100 restaurant reviews in Essex on this site) and I regret trying this one as the rudeness of service did not stop there but I will not go into it.

There are so many good restaurants in the area, of all types, so will stick to those.

Date of visit: 2nd February 2012

Ambience out of 5: 3

Service out of 5: 0

Food out of 5: 2

Value for money out of 5: 1

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