Our Panda Valley takeaway forged a rift in dinner-table opinion.
My nicely-spiced Thai chilli beef (£7.30 including fried rice) really hit the spot, with tender moreish meat, crunchy mixed vegetables accompanied by fried rice which was light and ideally seasoned.
But my happy chomping was not shared, with my partner’s chicken chow mein (£7.30) going down like a lead balloon.
Despite the chicken vegetables and noodles being well cooked individually, she said the dish was overpoweringly greasy, leaving the chow mein tasting quite bland and stodgy.
The fat started to solidify as it rapidly cooled and much of the meal was left in its container, disappointingly.
On a redeeming note, the barbecue spare ribs (£5.80) ordered alongside our mains were meaty, tender and delicious.
And we couldn’t fault the prawn crackers (£2.30), which were perfect in their simplicity.