The Good Food Guide has recently contacted local Chinese restaurant ‘Taipan’ to inform them they have been included in their prestigious 2012 book, apparently the only restaurant in Milton Keynes to be in the Guide this year.
The Good Food Guide has been written by restaurant / food critics since 1951 and is started from scratch each year. The only way to be included is initially to be nominated and then one of the critics will visit the restaurant as a normal paying customer so they don’t receive any special attention and can review the venue undercover.
If a restaurant is deemed worthy to be included in the Guide they will receive notification in August. You cannot elect to be in the guide or pay for inclusion, your food, service and overall experience have to be outstanding. This is the first time Taipan has been included and they are keeping company with the likes of Heston Blumenthal, Claude Bosi, Raymond Blanc, Marcus Wareing and Gordon Ramsay.
Taipan last year brought in a new Head Chef from a top London restaurant to team up with their already established and well renowned Dim Sum Chef, who came over from Hong Kong several years ago. Those customers who already know of this jewel of a restaurant will regularly travel over 50 miles to visit and experience quality and service of a consistently high standard.
Thomas, the co-owner of Taipan, is regularly asked by customers how they are coping with the current economic situation and Thomas’ answer is always, ‘we must cook better’, inclusion in this Guide obviously recognises that. Thomas also commented, ‘We would like to thank all our wonderful customers who have supported us over the years and are delighted that at last the hard work and dedication of our chefs and staff has been recognised at this level. If you haven’t been to our restaurant before then we would love to welcome you and share our award winning recipes and Dim Sum with you, your family and friends.’
Taipan is situated within the Theatre District, right next to MK Theatre and just over the road from John Lewis. They offer a pre-theatre menu, from £8.50, and serve until 11pm so can cater to your requirements after a show if you haven’t time to visit before. They are open lunch times, and have won awards for best business lunch, plus evenings and weekends and have a tasting menu on Sunday and Monday nights so you can select as many dishes as you would like from a choice of 50 for only £15.50. They are just as happy to welcome couples, families or larger groups though with a larger party it is advisable to book in advance.