Friday, January 30, 2009

12. China: Dragon Inn

Dragon Inn
204-206 High St
Uckfield, TN22 1RD
01825 764009

After visiting the the Uckfield Picture House, (www.­picturehouseuckf­ield.­com) one of the few family owned cinemas in the south-east, we wandered over to the Dragon Inn for our dinner. We were met with true Asian, brisk hospitality and seated imediately. We had booked as this was a Saturday night near the Lunar New Year.

From the good selection of starters, priced from £1.40 for Prawn Crackers to £6.00 for Thai Squid, I chose Hot and Sour Soup- £3.00, (pictured left), Badgerman and Little Will had Tom Yum Prawn Soup and Blim, his favourite Sesame Prawn Toast- £4.00. Despite it being a busy time, these arrive quickly and piping hot. The soups lived up to the menu’s ‘spicy’ warning, but were wonderfully tasty and stuffed full of veggies and meat. I really, really enjoyed mine!

From the traditionally huge range of choices of mains priced from £4.00 to £11.00, we chose to share: Chicken with Green Peppers and Black Bean Sauce (pictured above), Kung Po Bean Curd, Crispy Chilli Beef, (both pictured below), Chicken in Yellow Bean Sauce, Sizzling Mixed Seafood, Seasonal Greens and rice. All arrived in good time and again, piping hot. We are great fans of Chinese food and found all these dishes to be excellent: well-cooked, cleanly seasoned and just plain yummy! The Sizzling Seafood that arrived dramatically on a cast-iron plate was particularly noteworthy. Conversation flagged as we tucked in. The portions were sufficient and reasonable for the money.

Unusually for me, I had wisely left enough room for dessert and had the Toffee Banana (pictured right). I really enjoyed it. The caramel coating was thin but
solid and the batter was fluffy and not too sweet, I can’t remember having a better one ever. Blim chose the ice-cream bombe ‘Croquant’ a pleasing, brought-in dessert and thoroughly enjoyed it. We swapped ‘bites’ and the two went together very well. Little Will enjoyed his Lycees, while Badgerman just had coffee.

We had quite a few beers, and of course pots of Jasmin Tea. The bill, excluding alcoholic drinks and tip, came to £66.00- good value for how full we hearty eaters were!

Ambiance: 3
Food Presentation: 2
Food Quality: 4
Service: 2
Value for money: 2.5

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