Following on from the Tate Modern post, Miss Pinky and I went to find food. We passed a few restaurants, Miss Pinky said her favourite food is Chinese food. I eat it all the time, so it's second nature to me. I actually enjoy other Asian foods, Indian, Japanese, Korean... and even the odd Vietnamese or Thai food... So what to eat? We passed Feng Sushi, which I have never been into before, and then it was decision time... It was Ping Pong in the end, which wasn't very busy... ¬,¬... Should've persuaded Miss Pinky to eat Japanese...
|Outside Ping Pong in Southbank|
So firstly, we had to wait for a seat. It was a little empty except for the outside dining area as it was very hot that day! Usually they would ask us if we have dined there before, but that didn't happen on this occasion, and I had forgotten what to do. There was a big bamboo basket in front of us, and I took out the ordering paper and pencil. Then Miss Pinky and I had a long look for dumplings with no prawns. It's hard. As most of the dumplings on the set menu have prawns in it! Anyway, it took quite a bit of time for someone to actually come and serve us. I had to eye one of the waiters to get their attention. It's hard getting attention these days... only joking... get too much sometimes!!
I had ordered a set menu, the Super 8, which is served only on weekdays 12 - 5 pm. But unfortunately I was told they couldn't serve it on that day (which was not stated on their menu)... Bank Holiday Monday is a weekday right, or would you consider it as part of the weekend? A bank holiday is actually a public holiday and not part of the weekend... Strange. I had a look at their website as well just to make sure... Not stated there either that I couldn't order the Super 8 on a bank holiday!! Not happy at all...!! I had to order another set menu... The Healthy Selection... ¬,¬ But thankfully we ordered a few more items...
First was my drink (Miss Pinky had a Heineken beer). I had a lychee and ginger iced tea. It was a bit weak for my standards. Needed a bit more sugar. Jasmine tea was a bit too weak for me too. It was like tasting one of those new Ribena flavours. A very weak iced tea. :( I actually recommend their flower tea...
|Miss Pinky ate one of the spring rolls before I could take a picture!!|
|Small selection of dim sum - I ate 3 of these!!|
|Chicken and Mushroom rice pot|
|My healthy selection of dim sum|
|It's supposed to be wonton soup... really?!|
Cha siu baau (BBQ pork bun). This was good.
|Cha siu baau|
|Nice looking beef dumplings|
|New Seabass Dumpling|
My geeky rating: 3.5/5 (from all my experiences put together at this restaurant)
- Food is filling
- Nice introduction to dim sum for those who haven't got a clue about them
- Expensive compared to China Town (my main complaint really!)
- Service could be better