Having been a huge fan of Asia Style for years, we were a bit wary when we saw that the name has changed to AsiaMa and that a new management was in place - never a good sign generally. Unfortunately, our concerns were proved to be well-placed as this evening's meal was terribly disappointing.
For a start, prices have been hiked. They now charge double as standard for soft shell crab, so a small box of it counts as two portions at £9, which is extortionate for what you get.
When it comes to mains, the overall impression is that corners have been cut, the quality of ingredients have been compromised. The lemon chicken sauce was synthetic and saccharine-sweet, where previously it had been a subtle honey-lemon flavour. Likewise, for the Three Delights, or Three Kinds of Stuff as it has been re-christened, the soy-onion sauce was thin, bland and lacking the depth of flavour we were used to.
Certainly, what we had was not inedible, but we were left feeling severely short-changed. The service under the old management may have been a bit haphazard, but the food was never anything other than delicious. I doubt we'll go back, which is a bit sad as it's been a much-loved place for us.
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