So last night we decided to go out for a house meal and went to Wuli Wuli, which is a Sichuan style Chinese restaurant. We had originally planned to go to a Greek restaurant that we’d never been too, and never thought of booking ahead since every time we pass, it is virtually empty. Little did we know, Saturday night in Camberwell turns into a thriving community and everyone ventures out from hiding and into the surrounding restaurants and pubs! When we arrived and said that we hadn’t booked, we were given a disapproving tut and said that we’d either have to eat fast or come back in over an hour since they were full. Not wanting to rush or wait a stone age, we decided to venture on and seek out another restaurant. We headed out the restaurant in a state of disbelief and couldn’t quite comprehend where all those diners had come from!
After we’d gathered ourselves a little bit, we racked our brains to think of where we could visit. We walked along the main road with most of the restaurants and found that they were all pretty much full to the brim! We then neared the end of the road and saw that Wuli Wuli only had a few diners inside! Was this because they were really rubbish and everyone else in Camberwell knew this? Or was it that it was simply too early for the regulars to start streaming in? After a bit of hesitation, we decided to take our chances and headed in. We were greeted on arrival and asked whether we had booked. “Not again…” we all thought, but thankfully they were able to accommodate us.
The menu was reasonable and I decided to go for the fried aubergine in minced pork for £7.20, since it is a dish that I always love when I’m in Hong Kong, so I wanted to see what the Sichuan style would be like. I also shared a special fried rice for £5. The lady who came to take our order was pretty friendly and was keen to give us recommendations and asked if we wanted dumplings to start.
The food didn’t take that long to arrive and my friends had ordered chicken in black bean sauce, twice cooked pork, and Kung Pao chicken. We were all pleased with the portion sizes and the food was pretty tasty too. I felt mine was a little bit salty, and could have done with some more pork, but overall I was happy with it as there was a good amount of large aubergine. The others seemed pretty content with their meals and the Sichuan style Kung Pao chicken was spicy enough to give my friend’s “top lip a tingle”, although he seemed less happy with the abundance of peanuts in his meal!
During the course of our meal, the restaurant got steadily busier, with many takeaways going out for delivery too. Our total bill came to about £45 which was reasonable for four mains, two egg fried rice, a special fried rice, and three beers. I would return again to Wuli Wuli as it was a pretty standard Chinese, with decent service and reasonable prices. However, there is another Chinese restaurant down the road, Silk Road, which I endeavor to try one day (along with the other hundred restaurants that I still haven’t made it round to yet!). That too seems rather popular as it was full when we walked past, and two diners came into Wuli Wuli asking whether they were in Silk Road and were met with a face of thunder and a stern “no, down the road!” All in all, a lovely house night out, but we definitely learnt our lesson to book ahead, or to just visit on a weekday, if we want to avoid the problem of being turned away!