Tai Won Mein, Greenwich, London
We had spent a good chunk of our weekend in Greenwich and to complement that, we were on the hunt for a good chunk of food to feel spent on. Tai Won Mein on Greenwich Church Street was an appealing spot with many a crowd around. All the food in Greenwich seems to be around this area. This was one of the busy stores though most of that clientele seemed to be tourists, like us!
The vibe is cheap and cheerful and upon being seated the staff have a refreshing, authentic directness. We remarked our favourite Chinese restaurants usually had a nice brashness to their service. The food order sizes at Tai Won Mein are massive, making for the usual value for money and the three of us shared two dishes. Everything is extremely shareable, though the end result we’d rather had hoped it had been a bit more flavourful.
One item was my choice of the Fried Hor Fun with beef (£6.20). The other was the restaurant namesake, Tai Won Mein (£7.20). So cheap, la? As a non-seafoodie, it was never my dish, but I did find the broth here a bit bland regardless as did the other guys. Also majorly lacking in the flavour department was the fried hor fun. It’s tastes so boring. When mum makes this she throws in some greenery. Or if we’re all out, she’ll make do with some salty Chinese sausage. And if she was out of that she’d at least be liberal with the soy sauce and spices. But here the dish falls flat (excuse the pun) and it’s feels like a chore to eat.
There’s no denials on the sheer mass of food for the price point. But we wanted more of was say, soy, salt, garlic, greenery or something. Or everything. The blandness made for an rather disappointing experience. I even would have been willing for some MSG-ness, even. The sweet and sour dishes around us looked great, so maybe worth another go and ordering different. I haven’t written of Tai Won Mein yet though. The prices are fair enough to make me want to come back in the order and try my luck with another plate. Watch this space.