RESTAURANT REVIEW: CHINESE NEW YEAR AT CHA CHA MOON

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I have just added another restaurant to my ‘can’t go wrong’ list. Which one? I hear you ask, well it goes by the name of Cha Cha Moon.

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An authentic Chinese at heart noodle bar that ventures into other Asian regions with great service and a buzzy atmosphere to match. The pan asian eatery offers a range of affordable Soup Noodle, Wok Noodle, Lao Mian, rice, Dim Sum platter, seafood, salad mains, accompanied by everything under the sun sides and extras, a delicious dessert menu and a fantastic drinks list.

Located on Ganton Street, just off Carnaby Street, this chic yet laidback noodle bar is reminiscent of a New York or LA hotspot with its moody (but bright enough to see) lighting, bamboo, dark brick and wood decor with red accents, long high and low level tables with cushioned wood seating, an open kitchen, a vibrant bar, and buzzy chit chat in the background. It’s also in a prime location for pre-theatre dining, after work meetups, lunches on shopping days out, alfresco dining, and everything in between.

I had the pleasure of previewing Cha Cha Moon’s exclusive set menu for Chinese New Year, and their quirky cocktail list too. When I was served a glass of Prosecco upon arrival, I knew it was going to be a wonderful evening, and I wasn’t wrong.

To start, I opted for a Guava Bellini and nibbled on Prawn Crackers with sweet chilli sauce followed by a really generous portion of Singapore Char Kway Teow with Prawn (seafood-free, and vegetarian options available) – a Malaysian noodle dish bursting with aromatic and spicy flavours. This rich Thai red chilli, garlic and lemon juice sauce stir fried with ho-fun noodles and beansprouts made for a hearty main that left me feeling satisfied. Let’s face it, no-one likes to feel hungry after their main course!

I had the XO Green Beans as a side – another generous portion of fresh long green beans in a traditional spicy seafood ‘XO’ sauce most commonly used in southern Chinese regions such as the Guandong province.

Seeing as the Guava Bellini impressed me, I decided to try the Mango version too – now this was a winner! The rich mango puree consistency worked harmoniously with the sparkling pizzazz that those well-loved Prosecco bubbles provide.

For dessert, I had the Baked Banana – warm and soft banana wrapped in crispy rolls with a gorgeous Creme de Leche ice cream (one of my favourite flavours) and red bean paste. The hot and cold dessert combination worked wonders for the palette. As for the banana rolls, I believe that go-to Banana Fritters will now become a thing of the past.

To finish, I experienced (yes experienced) the limited edition and truly decadent Banana Daiquiri made with fresh banana, light rum, triple sec, and a cheeky dash of lime. The best way to describe it would be ‘zingy yet sweet with a thick almost dessert-like consistency, and the right amount of kick’.

The whole menu was bursting with flavours from start to finish.

Cha Cha Moon will mark ‘the year of the monkey’ from Friday 5th February 2016 until Friday 12th February 2016 with a specially designed set menu including a main, side dish, dessert and a cocktail for just £19.99 per person.

During Chinese New Year, Cha Cha Moon will not only offer a special set menu, but after-dinner coffees with a cheeky monkey twist in the form of primate shaped chocolate stencils too. Some diners may even receive Chinese symbolic red envelopes with surprise gifts from Cha Cha Moon.

Whether you make your way to Ganton Street to try Cha Cha Moon’s Chinese New Year menu, or decide to opt for a Taiwan Soup Noodle, with Guotie Dumplings from the main menu you’re bound to have a fantastic dining experience. To add a cherry on top, there’s a takeaway service too. Perfection.

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Address:
15-21 Ganton Street
London W1F 9BN

Average price per head:
£25 and under

Opening hours:
Mon-Thurs: 11.30am-11pm
Fri-Sat: 11.30am-11.30pm
Sun: 12pm-10.30pm

Love Ms.Raé xo

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