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Mei Lai

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50 Exeter Road, Dawlish EX7 0AQ, England
+44 1626 862226
17:30 - 22:30
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London, United Kingdom
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69 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When you're on holiday there are a number of things which are necessary, inevitable or both, take-away meals, for example. Staying at Dawlish Warren, choices were limited, with only one restaurant prepared to deliver - and even then there was a pretty steep £2.50 charge. That restaurant is Mei Lei, one of two Chinese restaurants in the local area. We... More 

Thank JackinKent
South Wales
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32 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had just arrived at the holiday park in Dawlish and went for a drive to find something to eat. We found Mei Lai and decided to give it a go. Their customer service was great and the food was cooked in front of us. We were presented with our food after 15 mins of waiting. We got back to... More 

Thank Smiles1168
Exeter, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Use this one every time our regular Chinese is closed and have to say every time its inferior to our regular and we are glad when they come back from holiday or reopen. Slightly salty and bland food and more expensive than other Chinese restaurants. Must be doing something right as its always busy when we go

Thank Jon R
Stockport, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Can't fault the quality of this great takeaway establishment. Eat here every week.(wish it was more often) Can't get enough of the curry's. Being Northern have found it hard to find somewhere down south that could deliver the same exquisite taste i remember when Chinese food was "Chinese food'. Definitely the best in dawlish that i have tried. Shame they... More 

1 Thank Ill-Tempered-Badger
1 review
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

On a drive we my family from Dawlish to Torquay we saw this place, so on return we thought we would give it a try, the meal was served only Luke warm and didn't have much taste, also not that cheap! For the price I would expect a hot meal at least. Also there was only one Chinese person out... More 

Thank michael c
Level Contributor
9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 April 2017

I have never had such a tasteless Chinese takeaway ever, the look of the takeaway is great but the staff you presume to be Chinese are English and not very knowledgeable to questions about the food. I agree with the last 2 reviews about portion size and the very poor quality of the food (mostly gristle and the prawns were... More 

Thank MiaK96
Coventry, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
Reviewed 11 April 2017

Bad food cooked by English kids, prices are extortionate! As a local I have supported them all through the Autumn & Winter and when the tourists start arriving portions go down and prices up! Crispy beef £6.80 with Hardly any beef AND very very chewy, Hot and sour soup was full of gristle and tasteless, what do you expect when... More 

Thank cathanddave2016
MeiLaiTakeaway, General Manager at Mei Lai, responded to this review

We are very disheartened to see such a review here on TripAdvisor. Our prices have remained the same for the past two years (someone who is a regular customer through the Autumn and Winter would know this). Our prices are very fair and take into account the fact that we are VAT registered, use high quality produce, have a huge... More 

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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 April 2017

On the face if it, the recently refurbed Mei Lai looks like it promises to be the best in town; busy, attentive and spotlessly clean but the quality of dishes is a real disappointment. Where they have spent on refurbishment and branding, they should have invested in the quality of their ingredients. The vegetarian dishes are tasteless - you could... More 

Thank Georgina B
London, United Kingdom
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47 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 April 2017

We have visited this great chinese take away for years, whilst on summer holidays in Dawlish. It's so good to see that it has continued to flourish and continues to deliver great food. On this occasion, the sweet and sour chicken (Cantonese style) was the clear favourite. Great food at reasonable prices.

Thank supertr00per
United Kingdom
Level Contributor
4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 13 March 2017 via mobile

We have used this takeaway before and have been really impressed, however on our last visit, the takeaway was awful, bland, very tasteless, overcooked meat, sauce was very thick and gooey. Nearly all was binned. Something has gone badly wrong at this place. We won't be back...!

Thank paulfV6748WO

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$8 - US$16
Fast food, Asian, Chinese
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Delivery, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
17:30 - 22:30
17:30 - 22:30
17:30 - 22:30
17:30 - 22:30
17:30 - 22:30
17:30 - 22:30
17:30 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 50 Exeter Road, Dawlish EX7 0AQ, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Devon  >  Dawlish
  • Phone Number: +44 1626 862226

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?