West Malling in Kent has such good restaurants and I often eat out in them. My friend and I decided to go to one of our favourite haunts, ID (or Imperial Dynasty, as it’s formally known) for a bite to eat the other night. We’ve been there a few times and return again and again as we really enjoy the food and the setting. Plus also the service has always been good.
On arrival, we were shown to our table. Funnily enough the same table we were given last time. It’s a good table. In the centre of the restaurant, but towards the side, so that you can see what’s going on but you don’t feel like you are in the heart of everything.
ID offers Chinese cuisine – one of our favourites. We decided we were hungry enough to order starters as well as a main each, so we perused the menu. Unable to decide between a number of Chinese classic starters, we settled on the mixed hors d’oeuvres which gave us a little sampling of most of our favourites. A chicken satay stick, some prawn toast, a couple of mini spring rolls, a rib each and some seaweed. Yummy! After polishing off our Imperial Dynasty starters with ease, we were brought out our mains.
I’d ordered kung po chicken and my friend, crispy shredded beef. We’d ordered egg fried rice to accompany our mains. The mains were full of flavour and we shared them both between us. I love kung po chicken – I’m such a big fan of water chestnuts, so this is often something I would order in a Chinese restaurant. Both portions were a good size as was the rice, so we had a good couple of bowls before we were too full up.
The food was really tasty and service was excellent as normal. After we paid our bill, and we were chatting at the table for a little while, our waiter came to our table and offered us a complimentary drink each. They obviously weren’t fussed that we had finished our meal and were just catching up. What a lovely way to be treated. Often you can feel rushed out of a restaurant. We’ll definitely be visiting Imperial Dynasty again and I’m sure it won’t be that long in the future.
Our meal for mixed starters, a main each, a rice to share and two soft drinks each cost £26 each, including a tip. Great value for such delicious food.
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