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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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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I don't understand the negative reviews. This is one of the cheapest Chinese buffets I have ever seen. The food is tasty and the options are plentiful. As far as buffets go it's good quality and the price is cheaper than most fast food restaurants.

Thank Martyn19777
Christchurch, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
5 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We popped in today for a quick lunch; admittedly the meal was cheap - but so was the food! ; unappetising, cold, bland and of poor quality. The dessert was even worse. Please do yourselves a favour and just pop into M and S for a sandwich! Also I always wonder why a restaurant will not accept credit cards and... More 

Thank sallyanddavidtho2016
Bournemouth, United Kingdom
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lunch menu was very extensive,food was well cooked and tasty, and selection was varied. Where else can you get a four/five course meal for £6.95? My wife and I started with soup then followed with shredded meat pancakes, then the main course and then pudding. My wife and I had green tea (ask for two teabags in the pot) but... More 

Thank mike d
Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Didn't expect too much from it because of the low price for evening meal, but didn't expect it being so bad. The smallest choice of the meat disheses ever, choice of vegetables is a bit bigger but completely tasteless, very small choice of wine, or out of stock. Would never come back. Better to pay £7 pound extra and have... More 

1 Thank Dia25
Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017 via mobile

Food was average but not very hot, the selection of food was good. Plates and cutlery not clean, had to search through for a clean plate. The staff were ok but not very friendly. The toilets were bad dirty. Don't think we're be going back.

Thank theresadsmith17
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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2016

The low review ratings here are not reflective of the place now. We visited for a family lunch, and it seemed to fit the bill in the time between Boxing Day and New Years Eve. It's an all you can eat setup self-service, and there was a fair range on offer. It's not fine dining, but for the price that's... More 

Thank Rich G
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2016 via mobile

Food was stone cold, when we asked why it was so cold we were told "I don't know" then he walked away. They went around stiring the food, before taking the temperature. Service was very poor, an staff was very disrespectful, speaking to each other in there own language, when we complained, which wasn't Chinese may I add. Used to... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2016 via mobile

Very bland food. Nothing seemed to taste like it should. The seaweed wasnt even salty and im not sure if the duck was actually duck. Not a good experience. Desserts and drinks ok. Pay the extra £1 and go to Days!

1 Thank A TripAdvisor Member
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2016

7pm on friday, and there are 5 people (not 5 tables.. people) in the "restaurant". Me, being half drunk from the exceptional Brewhouse pub 'round the corner, decided to give REAL CHINA a try, why not. Lovely restaurant, gorgeous tables, minimalistic decor. Wow, what a mistake. The all you can eat food trays are mostly empty, just a bit of... More 

Thank Sky V
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2016

I had a late lunch here. All day buffet , very good selection of dishes meat and vegetable balanced. The food was fresh and tasty. Not much table service required as it is help yourself but they were friendly and smiley. Good enough to come back soon. Reasonable price!

Thank Gabor P

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    2 of 5 bubbles
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
    2 of 5 bubbles
Chinese, Asian
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Buffet
Good for
Cheap Eats
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?