The owner of the Kam Tong restaurant in London’s Queensway has been criticised for “an appalling catalogue of offences” after health inspectors saw a mouse jump from a bowl of sauce in the kitchen.
Ronald Lim, of Barnet in North London, also owns Hung Tao and Kiasu in Queensway, Bayswater, in west London. He was charged with 17 counts of breaching food hygiene regulations at Southwark Crown Court this week.
Health inspectors visting Kam Tong and the other two restaurants found mouse droppings over the kitchens and cok roach eggs in the dim sum and baskets of prawn crackers.
Lim was ordered to pay £30,000 plus costs of £18,131 and will face 18 months in prison if he doesn’t comply.
Westminster councillor Brian Connell said: “This is an appalling catalogue of offences and gives an otherwise good industry a bad name. This person was not running restaurants to the levels of hygiene that customers rightly expect.”
The three restaurants were shut down between May and August 2008 but have since reopened.
Following the ruling, Lim has four months to prove he can run the business properly and comply with hygiene laws or faces being banned from running a catering business.