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The Old Cathay

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London Road, Harlow, England
17:00 - 22:00
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Sun 12:00 - 22:00
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Fri - Sat 17:00 - 23:00
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Hertford, United Kingdom
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100 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2016 via mobile

We visited this evening and despite it only being the two of us in the restaurant (takeaway was very busy!) the kitchen team were very attentive in ensuring there was a wide variety of food for buffet. This was our first visit and we were very impressed! Some of the dishes were cooked just perfectly, like noodles and bean sprouts... More 

Thank maynardc
London, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016

I have never eaten here in the restaurant but always get my take away from here. Never disappointed !

Thank Andrew L
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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016 via mobile

Went on a Saturday evening and was surprised how empty it was, only 1 other person. Seated q hi ckly,buffet explained, Guy was attentive ad made sure we were catered for. Good selection

Thank damo175
Harlow, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2016

The food is great! The "as much as you want" buffet is great value and delicious. The staff are very friendly and welcoming and the atmosphere is relaxed and informal. My wife and I eat here regularly.

Thank John_Lickman
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 April 2016 via mobile

On approach it looked reasonably nice apart from the two blokes that were drunk and deliberately jumping in front of the car and being abusive. It was quiet with only one other family inside, we were seen to quickly and taken to a table but no high chair available for a young child. Food was extremely poor quality and bland... More 

Thank Carl M
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34 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2016

The food is of amazing quality and it taste great. Nice wide selection of dishes and they're always replenishing them up so there's never a dish empty. Only reason it's not 5/5 is because it is a little expensive but if u eat enough then it definitely worth it.

Thank Nathan H
Norfolk, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2016

Took my wife there on what was a quiet Tuesday night. To start with, we were the only people there, eventually followed by another couple, and a man on his own. As they were so quiet, there was only a small amount of each dish, rather than when we have been there on a Saturday night or Sunday lunch, when... More 

Thank THFC618191
Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
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84 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2015

We visited early on Saturday evening , we were seated quickly and the buffet explained to us. The food was of an average quality. .but very plentiful. Not outstanding, but not awful.

Thank purpletoes2015
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303 reviews
147 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 212 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2015 via mobile

My friend and I have used this take away many, many times as the food is good. However, after our experience tonight we will never use them again. We made our order via an app. It was delivered to the door and as we unpacked it we realised one of the dishes was missing. We called them up. The person... More 

Thank Nursej9c
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25 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2015 via mobile

We order takeaway from here everytime we have Chinese. I find most Chinese in harlow greasy but The old Cathay is always delicious. It arrived hot and in good time. Their duck is particularly good. Will order again.

Thank FrancesscaFrost3

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    2 of 5 bubbles
Chinese, Asian
Restaurant features
Seating, Serves Alcohol, Delivery, Takeout, Reservations
Open Hours
12:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: London Road, Harlow, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Essex  >  Harlow

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?