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The real China

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83 Dolphin Centre, Poole BH15 1SZ, England
+44 1202 666888
11:30 - 15:30
17:30 - 10:30
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Sun 12:00 - 22:00
Mon - Thu 11:30 - 15:30
17:30 - 10:30
Fri - Sat 12:00 - 16:00
18:00 - 22:00
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The atmosphere when we visited was not the best and it was not helped by the awful music. The buffet selection was good and the quality of the food was also good if not a little cold. I guess as it was so quiet the food has been out for a while. Staff were attentive and it was reasonably priced.... More 

Thank Richard B
Poole, United Kingdom
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73 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I always try to find something positive when I write a review. In this case the most positive thing is our Grandaughter payed for the meal! 8 o/c Saturday night, boat show on in town and the place is largely empty. Maybe 10 people in a place that could easily seat 50+. Vast cavernous room with absolutely no atmosphere. Buffet... More 

Thank Brian083
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped in on a whim , most dishes appear to be various over cooked vegetables , in an array of over salted tasteless sauces. Most trays empty. Would avoid at all costs .Just a shame there's no option for a 0 star rating.

Thank Elinor A
1 review
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Been right off my food lately due to ill health and this is the most I have actually managed to eat in one go for ages. The Thai fish curry was particularly lush. Clean plate each time I went up too. Obviously wasn't expecting a cordon bleu experience at these prices, which 'the world of stupid' clearly expects, reading previous... More 

Thank Jacqui W
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

this place is awful, saw mixed reviews here but they claim they are under new management and much improved, If that is true I cant imagine how bad is was before. I could microwave better food from

Thank BatesNigel
Poole, United Kingdom
1 review
Reviewed 19 April 2017

This has to be the worst oriental buffet I have ever been too, The food was cold, mostly dried up and lacked any authentic oriental flavor, Most of the trays were empty and I suspect the food is pre-packaged and heated up as required, I was truly appalled by this establishment and would advise all to avoid at all costs.... More 

Thank Nobby_Nailer
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163 reviews
138 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 April 2017 via mobile

The buffet trays were shallow and were replenished frequently, rather than deep troughs that had been rotting for hours, so the food was nice and fresh. Choice was good but not huge, but again was fresh for it. Desserts were pretty rubbish, just an afterthought, but not really why you go there. Good value for money, I wouldn't rush back... More 

Thank lordjimbob
1 review
Reviewed 17 April 2017

been there today for dinner and what a bad idea, food is cold and taste horrible, the service was horrible, they dont spend time with costumers explaining nothing, some of the food in the buffet doesnt have any tag so you dont know what is on it, the blonde girl in the bar doesn´t know at all how to treat... More 

Thank sara s
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 April 2017 via mobile

Ate here for lunch , food is of the worst standard ever , very little to choose from and what is there not enough of , food cold also , grudged every penny spent there , trays all empty and never even got 1 prawn cracker as just crumbs in tray, actually felt awful after eating it it's sooooo vile... More 

1 Thank Hottub5
Poole, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 9 April 2017 via mobile

Been here a few times with friends and it may not be my favourite all you can eat place but, for the price, it's pretty good. Last visit was a couple of days ago and it was rather quiet when we got there so some of the food could have done with being replaced but it was alright. It soon... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Chinese, Asian
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Buffet
Open Hours
12:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 15:30
17:30 - 10:30
11:30 - 15:30
17:30 - 10:30
11:30 - 15:30
17:30 - 10:30
11:30 - 15:30
17:30 - 10:30
12:00 - 16:00
18:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 16:00
18:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 83 Dolphin Centre, Poole BH15 1SZ, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Dorset  >  Poole
  • Phone Number: +44 1202 666888

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