Located near Liverpool Street, London, My Old Place is not a typical Chinese restaurant, so you might not recognise some of the dishes on the menu. My friends explained to me that My Old Place serves mainly (but not exclusively) food from north east China. This is quite different from the food you'll find in your average British Chinese restaurant, which is largely influenced by food from south east China.
As someone who'll eat any food that isn't still alive, moving or celery, I'm always up for trying new dishes - which is exactly why I ordered "mix of pig's ear and cucumber". The pig ear was crunchy yet easy to bite and swallow, while the cucumber made it almost like a salad - refreshing!
|Chopped pig ears and sliced cucumber - wouldn't mind eating this again.|
The fried pork was excellent. Crispy and meaty with sauce nicely dripped on top, I suspect most people would enjoy this dish. This one is definitely worth ordering again.
|Sichuan dishes are known to be spicy.|
What did I think overall? Well, the food was a good experience for me - lots of different dishes from the norm and everything tasted pretty good. Judging by the amount of Chinese people in there, there was definitely an authentic feel to the place too, as confirmed by my friend from north east China.
The downside is that the service is not the greatest. For example, our waitress couldn't be bothered to refill our teapot - the kettle had apparently been switched off - and it's the type of place that will give you your bill before you've asked for it.
Finally, the restaurant didn't accept any form of card payment on my visit, so bring some cash with you if you want to try some authentic Chinese food in the City of London.
Nearest Tube: Liverpool Street or Aldgate East