NOW I’m into Chinese food but I have to admit that Chinese philosophers have, by and large, passed me by.
That said, I’m pretty sure Confucius did once say “Not all Crystals are precious.”
And so then to the Crystal, a smart looking takeaway in West Street Beighton.
Would it prove to be a gem – or just an imitation?
First impressions are good. The place is clean, Crystal clean, the service fast and friendly.
But hey, this takeaway business is all about the quality of the food.
Having eaten there on a previous occasion I had high expectations.
But many a time have I found the quality of food at Chinese takeaways to be inconsistent – at best.
Great on one visit not so good the next.
That wasn’t the case at the Crystal.
Last time out I ordered a melt-in-the-mouth beef fillet dish. I was disappointed on this occasion that the fillet had all gone, so instead opted for crispy beef in chilli sauce.
This was preceded by a mixed platter appetiser. Seaweed, prawn toast, crispy won ton, mini spring rolls, spare ribs, samosas and sweet and sour sauce. Hmmm. There was easily enough to feed three and it was finger lickingly good.
The crispy beef was beautifully cooked. Not too dry with a fantastic crunch. And that chilli sauce offered a keen nip on the old tastebuds.
Served with a not too claggy fried rice and a curry sauce to add moisture and a bit of added flavour it went down a treat.
Again the portions were well big enough to serve the three of us.
And because we spent over a tenner there was a bag of prawn crackers chucked in for free.
As we’d already had sufficient the dog had most of them. And she certainly wolfed ‘em down.
Venue: The Crystal, 22 West Street, Beighton, S20 1EP
Tel: 2489099 or 0789 4499334
Opening Hours: Open every day except Tuesday from 5pm to 11pm.
Parking: On street.
Delivery: Yes. £1 charge within three miles on orders costing a minimum of £6.
What we ate: Mixed platter £6.50. Crispy shredded beef in chilli sauce £4. Large fried rice £2.40. Curry sauce £1.
Verdict: A diamond.