Londonist asks that most pressing of daily concerns: where to go on your lunch break.
48 Caledonian Road N1 9DP
Expect to Pay: £4.20 for a starter and main
Rating: 6.9 out of 10
Upon hearing that Yum Yum, a Chinese, Malaysian, and Thai “fusion” take away near King’s Cross offered a starter and main lunch combo for a mere £4.20, Londonist got the yen for some fried rice. Duly heading over to investigate, we found this humble take away to have a slightly more upscale interior than expected (table service, nice new tables and chairs, a fish tank with lots of pretty goldfish). Our craving for fried rice was soon satiated with a piled-high plateful of Nasi Goreng (Malaysian fried rice) preceded by a starter course of mini spring rolls, all of which indeed only cost £4.20.
On the way to Yum Yum, we fully expected to be underwhelmed and were wondering if this lunch would result in our first truly negative review. But, the friendly and quick service and the savoury food kind of won us over. Even with the above standard dining area and service, a better name for this take away might be a less enthusiast (and less redundant) “Yum” as the food, although good and savoury, isn’t anything to write home about.
We give Yum Yum a rating of 6.9. However, if you live or work in close proximity to this take away, go ahead and bump it up slightly above 7, and if comparing it solely to other Chinese take away joints, give Yum Yum a generous rating of 8 out of 10.
Thanks to Londonist editor M@ for suggesting Yum Yum!
Photography by Tiki Chris © 2007.