Another Tampopo! My favourite Asian eatery. This one is in a different style to the Albert Square original. Food just as good though!
I have been eating in Tampopos for many years now and Ive always had a great express lunch. Its just that this time my experience was slightly tainted by the sloppiness and speed of the chefs. The staff were great and attentive and the floor manager couldnt do enough for me. The reason being that the Nazi Goring was unlike any Nazi Goring ive ever tasted before. Awful is my only explanation. There must of been 8 khaffir lime leaves in my dish which completely killed every other flavour in the dish and the chef has lazily quartered a whole tomato and placed that in there. Ive never seen that before. Its a shame, but I've such an affection of the place that hopefully this is just a one off. A mystery customer needs to go check this place out for the quality and authenticity of the food. There was an eastern European waitress working in there that could of slowed her pace down ever so slightly. Every time she was racing past, psychologically i felt rushed also. Although i couldn't fault anything else she did.
Enjoyed a meal there before going to concert, express lunch available until 7pm which is good though we ate off main menu, shared a mixed starter which was delicious and waitress took the time to explain what the things were and which dip went with each one, main courses yummy, dish of mixed greens delicious but definitely al dente. Disappointed that one of the deserts not available as no bananas, wouldn't have thought too difficult to get some in a city centre. Overall though great meal and service and we are looking forward to another visit.
myself,my partner,friend and my 3 year old boy dined here on a busy Saturday afternoon.
the service was quick,very polite waiters as soon as we seated my boy was entertained by the colouring crayons already on the table (to which i thought this was excellent).
We all ate of the lunch express menu which was6.95 for two items.
I had the vietnamese? dishes and they were fantastic ,my boys meal was OK but he isn't really used to eating fried veg.
Very little to say about this place at least in a positive sense anyway other than the interior of the restaurant is very appealing to the eye and is clean and tidy.
The food however is a disaster. The only half decent part were our side dishes. They were tasty enough but were far from inspiring. My main course was extremely poor and judging by appearances and the lack of any comment so were the dishes of my companions.