Monday, August 06, 2007

Yang Sing, Camelon, Falkirk.

What is it with us Scots? Why do we always think more is better? Is this the logic that we are adopting by the creeping growth in buffet nights at Chinese restaurants? What’s makes me pose these questions? Well, a while back I had the unfortunate experience to eat at the Yang Sing at Camelon, Falkirk. In short, it was one of the worst dining experiences that I have had the displeasure of experiencing in recent years.

When we walked in through the doors of the Yang Sing and I was astounded by the amount of people who were either seated or waiting to be so. To say this restaurant was full doesn't cut it. It was bursting at the seams. I've always reckoned you could tell a good restaurant by the amount of people that dine, but unfortunately this cannot be said for the Yang Sing. After a 15 minute wait we were taken to a bench style table that was designed to seat about 12 people. The waiter explained that the menu only consisted of "eat as much as you want" for £10.00. Mmmm, okay I thought.

So after placing our drinks order, up we strode along with the rest of the Falkirk population to queue in front of what all intents and purposes were feeding trough’s. We were confronted by what could only be described as an unappealing stodgy Chinese food mountain. The starters were three types of soup, pancake rolls and filling, spring rolls, and won tons. The spring rolls were veggie and were ever so slightly greasy. There were main dishes such as mushrooms in batter, chicken in its many forms, together with beef dishes, ribs, mixed vegetables and mushroom satay. There were also noodles, fried rice and the obligatory chips. The sauces include curry, sweet and sour and lemon sauce. If you were not satisfied by the this the you could gorge yourself on the sweets such as chocolate gateau, banana fritter, ice creams, fruits and cheesecake.

It sounds okay on paper, but all the dishes appeared to be mixed together, droplets of curry sauce was mixed in with the sweet and sour sauce. What would pass a vegetarian dish was partly mixed with meat dish. I will spare you further detail, but needless to say it was minging. It was like eating in an airport cafe. Terrible! It was just horrible.

We were in and out the restaurant in less than 30 minutes, never to return again. I suppose the buffet meal at the Yang Sing is ideal for people who can eat ‘til they drop! But for those of us who expect a tiny wee bit of finesse, better value and real choice I would advise you to dine elsewhere.

Food-3/10
Drink-4/10
Service-4/10
Environment-4/10

Contact Details:

Yang Sing
43 Union Road
Camelon
Falkirk
FK1 4PG
Tel: 01324 611288

28 comments:

Toffeeapple said...

The next time you are down south, you should check out www.trefratelliristorante.co.uk, the food service and ambiance are superb.

Anonymous said...

The yang sing has not bad service but i must admit that i waited longer than i would have hoped for drinks but the food was brilliant and i would recommend that you go the yang sing for the buffet at dinner time. :)

Anonymous said...

personally i go to the yang sing all the time and have never experienced waiting for anything its service and food has always been good to me

The Buddha Belly said...

Many thanks for taking the time to comment on the Yang Sing. The Buddha finds it rather strange that there a comments are about the service at the Yang Sing as it’s a self service buffet with limited service and interaction with the staff. Mmmmm. The "service" the Buddha received got was the slowest for sometime. The Buddha has had the good fortune to read a recent environmental health report on an inspection undertaken by Falkirk Council on the Yang Sing and it does not make pleasant reading. And he certainly won't be returning. But, everyone to their own and respect.

Anonymous said...

The Yang Sing was actually closed down temporarily by the Environmental Health Dept due to several violations. Unfortunately I ate a few times before that happened. But I soon got tired of always finding the food overcooked and dry or mushy and gross, depending on the dish. The "feeding trough" comment is a valid statement as well, the customers behind me at the serving line were practically pressing against me like I was holding them up from getting to the next nasty dish. I won't be going back!

Anonymous said...

DONT GO TO THE YANG SING THEY APPARENTLY USE SQUIRREL AS CHIKEN AND AS A SUBSTITUTE FOR CHICKEN IN CURRIES. THEY WERE APPARENTLY CLOSED DOWN BY ENVIROMENTAL HEALTH FOR HAVING A FROZEN DEAD SQUIREL IN A FREZER AND A FRIEND OF MINE SAYS IT WAS IN THE NEWSPAPER. YUCK!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

D: SQUIRREL.

Anonymous said...

i think you will actually find the yang sing was closed down temporarily due to innadequate training and supervision as well as a few other minor contraventions. im sure if you contact the environmental health they can confirm this for you. it was as someone pointed out in the newspaper but never at any point did it mention squirrel! why would they even consider using squirrel when im sure it would be a far more expensive alternative....seriously folks get real. everyone is entitled to their own opinion. im sure the yang sing have many fans but also many people who are not. buffets do not suit everyones taste or circumstances it is up to individuals to make their own choice. i personnally have had a mixture of experiences at the yang sing, some good and some not so good but what i will say whenever i have had any problems the staff have been fantastic in trying to resolve them. each person for their own but please folks enough with the rumours.

Anonymous said...

What a lolad of codswallop the Yang is fine and does what it says on the tin. I cannot believe the rumours about squirrels from brain dead morons are still doing the rounds. I know the owners and staff quite well there is no issue with hygene there nor is there anything other than proper food served. i have seen the kitchen and its better than most of the so-called luxury hotels in the area believe me on that one.

Anonymous said...

What a load of rubbish, the Yang Sing is a brilliant chinese restaurant with a great variety of food. You must be an extremely fussy person 2 fault this place!!

Anonymous said...

INSPECTION REPORT
Name & Address of Premises:Yang Sing 43 Union Road Camelon Falkirk FK1 4PP
Date of Inspection:01/02/2008
Any action required listed below in bold script constitutes measures which must be
taken to comply with legal requirements. Identified actions may be replaced by
alternative measures if they are equally effective. Before undertaking any alternative
measures, please contact me to discuss your proposals. Please also contact me
should you wish a full transcript of any legal Provision referred to below.
Schedule 1
The Food Hygiene (Scotland) Regulations 2006 - Food Safety Management
System Based on Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP)
Article 5 (1) of Regulation (EC) No. 852/2004 requires a proprietor of a food business to
implement a food safety management system.
My assessment of your practices and procedures indicates that your business complied
with Article 5(1) of 'Regulation (EC) 852/2004' at the time of inspection. In order to
maintain the standards observed, I would remind you that the analysis of food hazards,
the critical control points and the control and monitoring procedures should be reviewed
periodically, and whenever the food business' operations change.
Schedule 2
The Food Hygiene (Scotland) Regulations 2006 – Regulation 4(2) of EC 852/2004
(Annex II)
Legal Requirements
1. No contraventions were noted
Schedule 3
Food Standards Inspection
Food Safety Act 1990 (as amended)
Legal Requirements
1. No contraventions were noted
105354FHy0208

Anonymous said...

In response to the constant badgering by a waiter in the Yang Sing in Falkirk, who kept asking, "whadyouwannadrink?"
I asked for tap water just to annoy him. He said there was no tap water, only bottled (at about £2.60 a pop) I then asked why there was no tap water, he said the taps don't work, and that environmental health had said that the water was not safe to drink anyway. I then asked how they make soup, tea, coffe, etc. and how do they wash their dishes. He suddenly could speak no English.

Anonymous said...

Have eaten at Yang Sing on numerous occaisons and still alive. Just about to go there again, its a buffet, eat as much as you like, a wide selection of dishes and a salad bar for those who want the healthy option. Fresh fruit for afters although I prefer gateaux topped off with ice cream.

If you want service with a smile go elsewhere and pay for it. You get a better selection of dishes over weekend. Its not a la carte but neither is the price.

Anonymous said...

The yang sing is one of the best chinese buffets EVER. I strongly recommend it.

Anonymous said...

i have been to the yang sing so many times that i have lost count. i go with a group of girls from work. we have never had any problems. in my opinion you get good quality food for what you pay. we always have a good night and the karaoke on a saturday night is always a good laugh :) i have never had any problems with getting served or getting a table. would recomend to anyone

Anonymous said...

ive been to the yang sing a good few times ive never had a problrm i would recommend it

Anonymous said...

I was there today, we went in at 12.30pm and i must say the food was already dryed out. They must have started to cook the food about 10am, as the place only oped at 12pm. The staff where plesent enough but on another sad note, they dont seel drink now. I asked for a pint of lager, and was told they dont have a drinks license anymore. It's been a while since i was last in it ,so i dont know how long ago they lost there drinks license.

20/08/2110

Anonymous said...

They lost their alcohol liceence due to immigration breaches. The licence was revoked on August 18 after the UK Borders Agency allegedly found illegal immigrants working there. The case is due in court soon and the restaurant could be forced to close or change owners.

Anonymous said...

I have eat in the yang sing falkirk for years,the service has always been great along with the food,i thought
but noticed quite a change over the past couple of months,staff wise,and a chef who hangs about the kitchen door looking out to the eaters,off putting and they are not filling up the food trays quick enough.
but just had a bad experiance on 14th May 2011,got food poisoning sat on the toilete pan for going on 3 daays now,usual stomach cramps pains etc
I must say i will not be back there again as this could have killed someone who was weak

Anonymous said...

It annoys me when people go to these places and complain at the food quality! Its an all u can eat restaurant! What the hell u expect 4 ten quid! I love it there, u know what your getting with that place and im going there tnyt to

Anonymous said...

Visited Yang Sing tonight, hadn't been there for over a year. Arrived at 8:30 on a Saturday evening and was surprised to find it quite empty, (but it is Halloween weekend). Empty trays didn't get filled so no King Prawn or Shredded Duck, and we couldn't get a steak meal from the menu. Coffee machine broken. Has got it's drinks licence back. Food was tasty, but arrive earlier for a wider choice.

Anonymous said...

been to the yang sing a lot but today very very disappointed food very dry also cold only eight people in so bad news travels faster than good news going down hill fast help new chef required

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