Where: Camden

Cuisine: Pan-Asian

Swank Levels: 1/5

What a strange little place. And I don’t mean that in a wholly complimentary way either. My evening meal at Bingtang was fundamentally a rather odd experience, including the food and d├ęcor.
This very small restaurant can be found sandwiched between run-down shops on an inconspicuous looking street, which isn’t ever a problem for me as some of my favourite restaurants can be found where no-one would care to look. From the outside Bingtang looks comfy, welcoming and rather enticing, filled with a bamboo lined wall, fairy lights and the odd lantern here and there.

Yet as you enter, the sheer small-ness of the space strikes you because there is hardly any room to wait for a seat at one of the few tables. The tables themselves are small and the chairs slightly rickety, which again can add to the charm of a place if the rest of the factors are up to scratch. But it comes to swank, Bintang attempts to look edgy and cool, but instead it comes across as shoddy and a bit too rough around the edges.

Would I want seconds?

I was hoping the food would raise the standard but unfortunately, after having to wait too long to place an order when there was only one other table to cater for, this wasn’t the case.

There is considerable choice on the menu with different options including noodles, regional dishes and specialities; as well as a few odd combinations such as a side of Ginger and Honey deep fried Brussels sprouts.

I opted for a starter of Summer Rolls and the Chicken Katsu Curry as a main course. Although both dishes were edible there was nothing outstanding or exceptional about the taste. In fact I would rate the Katsu Curries at Wagamama better than the one I had here, and that’s saying something. In addition it felt like the food took too long a time to prepare and reach our tables, but this may have been because I couldn’t wait to get out of the place.

With this in mind, despite the range of dishes available on the menu, I wouldn’t stay for seconds at Bintang.

Could I afford Seconds?

One of appealing aspects of Bintang is the price. Main courses are between £8 for the cheapest vegetarian dishes to £13 for the speciality meat options. In addition they also have an immensely enticing ‘Happy Hour Menu’ where 2 courses are £10. The main course includes dishes such as Chicken Bintang and Tofu and Aubergine Laksa and the portions on this menu are large and definitely worth the price.

If there was one factor about the restaurant that wasn’t strange it was be this affordable pricing.

Overall 1/5

I had high expectations for Bingtang and had been waiting a while for the chance to visit a cosy and small restaurant for some expertly made Pan-Asian food.

However the restaurant, the meal, the service, and even the other diners in the restaurant, all contributed to a rather disappointing night for me.

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