To begin with we were given a basket of prawn crackers. Proper prawn crackers. Not those white artificial tasting things, but well seasoned and morish delights accompanied by a sweet chilli sauce (table cloths beware).
The family got to the food before I got to the camera
We then ordered an hors d'oeuvres tray (with three different dipping sauces to enhance the flavour) that came with skewered chicken, prawn tempura, sesame toast, spring rolls, sweetcorn baskets, and dumplings. With such a selection, there was something to please everyone.
For the main course, rather than everyone picking an individual meal, the dishes are put in the centre of the table so that you can pick and choose from an assortment of different things. Among our selection was a red curry, tamarind duck, seabass, and scallops. We also had a side dish of noodles, coconut and sticky rice.
When it came to pud, I was a little disappointed, as the creme brulee I ordered did not live up to its namesake (no burn caramel, and no cream). Dad and Gramps, on the other hand, both had a scrumptious ice cream coated in a chocolate shell (I can testify due to pinching).
Mai Ping has the best customer service I have come across. Throughout the evening they were very attentive, constantly filling our empty glasses, making room on the table by taking away empty plates, and making sure that we were happy with our meal. Then when our taxi was running late, on his own initiative, the boss phone up the taxi service to find out what was going on, and kept a look out for us.
Mae Ping has a chain of restaurants, with ones in Beckenham, Croydon, East Grindstead, Epsom and Wimbledon. We went to the one in Wimbledon, and if they are all as good as that, then I give them five stars.