Local Friends is a value for money Chinese restaurant on North End Road in Golders Green which I found on Zomato. First things first, the menu on Zomato is outdated and doesn’t include, for example, the shredded pork crispy noodles I originally called to order. I had to settle for a chicken chowmein instead. They didn’t have any of the beef or pork items from the previous menu either, so I accepted the beef with green pepper the lady on the phone suggested. Do you at least have a wonton soup? I asked. Yes, of course we have wonton soup, she shot back. And with that, I ordered my first home delivery from Local Friends (free in the general vicinity for orders of £20 and above).
My order arrived within 40 minutes, not bad, but they forgot to include the sauces, chopsticks and menu I requested – basically they forgot everything except the food. I couldn’t decide if the noodles were dry, bland, both or simply disgusting. They weren’t good, that’s for sure. Not until I mixed the beef in. In all honesty, the beef was pretty good on its own but mixed in, it saved the noodles from the bin – desperate times, desperate measures. And lastly, the wonton soup was let down by the wontons themselves, which tasted…off. So, a thumbs down from me for Local Friends. Next time I want to order Chinese in, I’ll call Little Sichuan on Finchley Road.
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