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messageMr Liu Chinese Restaurant
Posted by Abe_froeman January 14, 12:25PM

Does anyone know if this place has closed down?

messageRe: Mr Liu Chinese Restaurant
Posted by Siduhe January 14, 12:40PM

Apparently a refurbishment (but no direct knowledge).

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messageRe: Mr Liu Chinese Restaurant
Posted by Abe_froeman January 14, 01:15PM

Ah, thank you! I did search for "Mr Liu" but nothing came up oddly.

messageRe: Mr Liu Chinese Restaurant
Posted by Siduhe January 14, 02:32PM

You need to use the Google custom search for any word of three letters or less - forum quirk!

messageRe: Mr Liu Chinese Restaurant
Posted by jimbo1964 January 14, 04:38PM

It's changed ownership and closed for a month for a refurb. The new owner was in on New Years Eve. I think she said it was going to be called 148. Same chef and staff.

messageRe: Mr Liu Chinese Restaurant
Posted by Sazzle30 January 14, 04:43PM

Same chef, phew!

messageRe: Mr Liu Chinese Restaurant
Posted by rahrahrah January 14, 05:31PM

Haven't been to Liu's for ages. Really fancy it now.

messageRe: Mr Liu Chinese Restaurant
Posted by Nigello January 14, 07:55PM

It's good that it is getting a refit but with the same chef. It was looking tired and unappealing - that green moss on the canopy over the door was uninviting to say the least. I wish it well in its new incarnation.

messageRe: Mr Liu Chinese Restaurant
Posted by ED Light January 14, 10:24PM

Sweet, sticky, stodgy westernised chinese food - hope the menu gets a revamp with something more modern than the 1980s appeal they have today

messageRe: Mr Liu Chinese Restaurant
Posted by fishbiscuits January 15, 11:32AM

ED Light Wrote:
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> Sweet, sticky, stodgy westernised chinese food -
> hope the menu gets a revamp with something more
> modern than the 1980s appeal they have today

Don't get your hopes up! Unfortunately I think a lot of Chinese restaurants and takeaways are a bit stuck in their ways. They know what their existing customers like, and they're not prepared to take a risk by doing something a bit different.

messageRe: Mr Liu Chinese Restaurant
Posted by jimbo1964 January 15, 12:38PM

On NYE everything was delicious. I think the game was slightly upped by new owner.

messageRe: Mr Liu Chinese Restaurant
Posted by Sue January 15, 01:11PM

ED Light Wrote:
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> Sweet, sticky, stodgy westernised chinese food -
> hope the menu gets a revamp with something more
> modern than the 1980s appeal they have today


Yes, sadly it wasn't very appealing the last time we ate there (some years back admittedly).

It didn't really encourage us to return.

Hopefully, as jimbo says, they have upped their game.

messageRe: Mr Liu Chinese Restaurant
Posted by TheCurryKingBrown January 15, 01:21PM

I've had Liu once and I shan't be going back. If you have anything about you you'll try Mamalan take-away from Brixton. It's superb. Or I get my noodle kicks from Thai Corner Cafe.

TCKB

messageRe: Mr Liu Chinese Restaurant
Posted by JoeLeg January 15, 03:52PM

Mamalan is superb.

messageRe: Mr Liu Chinese Restaurant
Posted by fishbiscuits January 15, 03:58PM

Thai Corner isn't though!!

messageRe: Mr Liu Chinese Restaurant
Posted by jimbo1964 January 15, 07:01PM

Nothing wrong with Thai Corner.

messageRe: Mr Liu Chinese Restaurant
Posted by sela January 15, 09:52PM

My Vietnamese wife cooks deliciously but so far no plan to open a restaurant.

messageRe: Mr Liu Chinese Restaurant
Posted by fishbiscuits January 16, 09:40AM

jimbo1964 Wrote:
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> Nothing wrong with Thai Corner.

Yeah I don't think there's anything "wrong" with it as such, it's just very run-of-the-mill.

messageRe: Mr Liu Chinese Restaurant
Posted by Sue January 16, 03:48PM

jimbo1964 Wrote:
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> Nothing wrong with Thai Corner.


It has had its ups and (very very) downs over the years since it opened.

Unless I was sure that it was now consistently "average", I wouldn't risk eating there again sad smiley

messageRe: Mr Liu Chinese Restaurant
Posted by DovertheRoad January 16, 04:27PM

fishbiscuits Wrote:
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> Thai Corner isn't though!!

Hmm. It's straight up Thai food without a hipster flourish but I disagree. It got very average for a number of years but I was pleasantly surprised to find they have raised their game and have had several recently as a result. Flavours are good and they deliver super fast via deliveroo.

messageRe: Mr Liu Chinese Restaurant
Posted by Mick Mac January 16, 04:28PM

Haven't been to Thai Corner Café for years and don't really know why - must pay it another visit soon.

messageRe: Mr Liu Chinese Restaurant
Posted by DovertheRoad January 16, 04:31PM

Yep - sometimes it's worth revisiting a long standing staple - chefs come and go.

One Thai I never went back to was Sema Thai (now Lux Thai?) - it was like British Airways Thai food. Again it may have improved...

Mr Liu was at one point one of the best for well made bog standard Chinese. But its been really poor last few years.

messageRe: Mr Liu Chinese Restaurant
Posted by Mick Mac January 16, 04:36PM

DovertheRoad Wrote:
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>
> One Thai I never went back to was Sema Thai (now
> Lux Thai?) - it was like British Airways Thai
> food. Again it may have improved...
>
Went once on arrival in ED in 2001. Havent been back, as they made me keep my starter cutlery for my main course. i don't like that in a restaurant :0

messageRe: Mr Liu Chinese Restaurant
Posted by KidKruger January 16, 04:40PM

Dover - Lux Thai (formerly Sema) is a wasted opportunity. I don't think it's moved on a restaurant in the 28yrs I've been in ED. Real shame. We went during the summer and I chose an obvious easy dish (Pla Rad Prik) which unfortunately was disappointing because it's sooo easy to make.
They are not even trying and the menu is plain. Thai food is such a great cuisine and we see little evidence of it there I'm afraid.

messageRe: Mr Liu Chinese Restaurant
Posted by Pierre January 16, 05:16PM

DovertheRoad Wrote:
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> fishbiscuits Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > Thai Corner isn't though!!
>
> Hmm. It's straight up Thai food without a hipster
> flourish but I disagree. It got very average for
> a number of years but I was pleasantly surprised
> to find they have raised their game and have had
> several recently as a result. Flavours are good
> and they deliver super fast via deliveroo.

I have to disagree with the delivery part - we waited over two hours from ordering to delivery the other day. Hangry doesn't even begin to cover it. They even hung up on us when we phone to ask how long our order was going to be. They kept the poor deliveroo rider waiting for over an hour. Poor show.

I'm looking forward to the revamped Mr. Liu - when I first experienced it (in about 2004) I remember it as "really good, but expensive." Worth it as a treat. My experiences in the last couple of years have been more "soggy, OK, but expensive." I hope it gets good again. I wish them good luck in the refurbishment.

messageRe: Mr Liu Chinese Restaurant
Posted by uncleglen January 16, 07:43PM

Had some spare ribs from there about a year ago- they tasted like they'd been dipped in bleach....I now cook my own using the Ł6 meal deal from M and S

messageRe: Mr Liu Chinese Restaurant
Posted by Sue January 16, 09:09PM

KidKruger Wrote:
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> Dover - Lux Thai (formerly Sema) is a wasted
> opportunity. I don't think it's moved on a
> restaurant in the 28yrs I've been in ED. Real
> shame. We went during the summer and I chose an
> obvious easy dish (Pla Rad Prik) which
> unfortunately was disappointing because it's sooo
> easy to make.
> They are not even trying and the menu is plain.
> Thai food is such a great cuisine and we see
> little evidence of it there I'm afraid.



I had one of the worst meals of my life there. I can't even begin to describe how terrible it was. I love Thai food, and this was an absolute abomination.

To be fair, it was on New Year's Day, it was quite a few years back, virtually nowhere else on Lordship Lane was open, many people had therefore ended up at Sema Thai, and the staff seemed rather overwhelmed.

However, that doesn't excuse the pitiful plates of crap we received after a very, very, very long wait.

We have never been back since sad smiley

messageRe: Mr Liu Chinese Restaurant
Posted by Reg Smeeton January 16, 09:28PM

Is this thread now about Mr Liu or about slagging off Lux Thai? It's hard to tell. Please stick to Mr Liu as the topic.

messageRe: Mr Liu Chinese Restaurant
Posted by TheArtfulDogger February 05, 02:46PM

Any idea when they are reopening after their refurb

Really got the urge for Chinese as it is new year today

messageRe: Mr Liu Chinese Restaurant
Posted by uncleglen February 05, 03:40PM

TheArtfulDogger Wrote:
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> Any idea when they are reopening after their
> refurb
>
> Really got the urge for Chinese as it is new year
> today

If I were you I'd get on a 176 and go up to Chinatown- the food there is 'clean' and the atmos is great at New Year....

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