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Chinese, Asian
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Hadn’t been here for years so thought I’d give it a go again. Previously it was absolutely delicious. Wow! How different it is now. Really rude waiting staff, all flapping around making for a really uncomfortable dining experience. The food is bland & cold. The...soft shell crab starter was over cooked & chewy, the asparagus was bland. Prawn crackers tasted stale. Our mains were Szechuan chicken, sweet and sour prawns in batter & chicken chow mein. The chicken dish was inedible, bland, water injected chicken, awful. Didn’t get the prawns in batter, just prawns in an overly sweet sauce & the chicken chow mein tasted as though somebody had pre eaten it & spat it in a bowl, absolutely gross! We left pretty much all of our meal & the waitress asked if we would like to take it home…I replied ‘no’, she asked if we enjoyed it & I explained that it was not good, she just shrugged her shoulders. The team are just keen to throw your food at you & get you gone ready for the next sitting. A very bad experience & will never return!More

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Another really good evening with excellent food and good service. Would recommend the sweet and sour pork dish with pineapple rice and cashews.

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I went to the banquet Saturday night for an early dinner 6-45. And the restaurant was virtually full already. It’s a very busy place but credit to all the food , service, and general running of the business is excellent. Well done all see you...again soon.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 13 April 2024 via mobile

We had an absolutely wonderful meal at Banquet, the food, service and atmosphere were all fantastic. There was nothing I could fault about the meal and I recommend the Hong Kong Set Menu if you should visit. I’ll definitely be back again soon.

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 3 April 2024

Ordered Shanghi set meal - 95% vegetables 5%sea food. No lobster which was on menu but charged us the same. Rip off. Jason sort it out,

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 24 March 2024 via mobile

We had lunch at banquet today. We have been coming to the restaurant 15 years. Very disappointed today very first time. We asked they under staff as might of explaining of poor service. But they were fully staffed. We received 3 out of 4 starters...we had no plate to eat off so had to ask as starter was getting cold waiting for to call waiter. Waited 40 mins for our main course. Asked about missing starter they cooked that we just had with main. Again had to ask for plate to then to start our main. The table cloth was paper and napkin. They always been cloth. We had to ask more tea as the tea pot wasn’t filled. The food wasn’t up to the standard we always had. Wondering it’s changed hands. Just very disappointed after coming here over 15 years. Won’t be returning anytime soon.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 10 February 2024 via mobile

1408 is just superb. We decided to celebrate Chinese New Year by booking a table at 1408 a week in advance. The booking system was easy to follow, the responses were extremely fast, and the communication was seamless. Upon arrival, we announced our booking and...were shown to a table very quickly. We asked to move a short distance to another more convenient table, and it was no trouble at all. Due to the Chinese New Year, the decorations were exquisite and matched the occasion, and the restaurant soon became very full, and eventually, there was a queue at the door. The waiting staff were plentiful, and we were advised to order all our dishes to come together. Otherwise, there would be a long wait between courses (this was unusual compared to other visits,so it must have been because of the influx of people to celebrate New Year) We were given the dim sum and main menu and made our choices. We took a photo of the order sheet to verify the order quantities and price (mistakes do happen, and this can help to eliminate them) The food arrived quite quickly, was freshly prepared, hot, plentiful, tasted sublime, and we enjoyed each dish thoroughly. Even though it was busy, the food quality was superb still, and the staff were excellent. There was a small mix-up with our tea order, but this was rectified smoothly and easily. The bill for us came to just under £100 (including a tip), so it's wasn't cheap, but the food quality, texture, taste, and authenticity are the best we've found (outside top tier quality Chinese restuarants in major cities within Chinese communities, such as London, etc.) A really excellent meal, at a superb restaurant, with brilliant food, and professional staff. Highly recommended.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 7 February 2024

I wasn’t sure what to expect when a friend said she’d chosen this restaurant for her birthday meal. I’d read a number reviews and some of them weren’t good, to say the least, but I couldn’t have been more pleasantly surprised – it was great!...I found absolutely nothing that the bad reviews had warned against, indeed I wondered if the reviewers had been dining in the same restaurant. We chose one of the set dinners, with a number of additional items, it was all delicious, appeared freshly prepared and was served by a number of different staff who were all friendly and attentive. Despite the restaurant being very busy, from the moment we walked in we were made to feel that nothing was too much trouble – when we asked what time they closed we were told “when you leave”. There was a great atmosphere throughout the evening and looking around during our meal the other diners seemed to be enjoying the experience as much as we were – I’d be more than happy to dine in this restaurant again and would have no hesitation in recommending it to others.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 6 February 2024 via mobile

Loved banquet since I was a teenager cooking with my parents, and I’ve been coming back ever since with friends, husband and colleague. As a real lover of authentic Chinese, this is the best in Colchester in my opinion (and spoken from a Chinese background)....Their Dim Sum is always so good!More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 31 January 2024 via mobile

Went there with my wife to celebrate my birthday. Order some dim sum dishes and a noodle and rice dish. The rice was tasteless and had to be sent back for another dish. The dim sum never arrived but the couple next to us who...arrived much later got their dim sum dishes. We compliant and decided to cancel our dim sum order but was charged and had to have the bill readjusted. A very disappointing experience and won’t coming back again any time soon.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 21 January 2024

Went here with my daughters for a family meal out. Sadly I was disappointed. The food it self was very good but I felt that we were rushed to eat our meal with a feeling that they wanted our table for any further bookings. The...second we had finished our starter , staff were clearing our table & mains were bought out. No warmer for the dishes so food did get cold quite quickly. Three times I informed staff of one of us who had a serious nut allergy... twice a bowl of nuts was placed on our table! Once our meal was finished , within seconds everything was scoped up, tablecloth taken away & staff hovering for us to pay our bill & we hadn't even finished our drinks! Staff not particularly attentive or polite. We had left overs which I asked to take home, the waiter came back with a carrier bag & two takeaway containers & plonked them on the table & walked off! Definitely wouldn't rush back, I personally think this restaurant is overpriced, staff abrupt & doesn't live up the hype of which I was expecting.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 7 January 2024

A very poor experience at this usually good chinese, I think they had just overbooked. Totally forgot my vegetarian dish, so I sat with a bowl of rice while everyone else ate their food, mine finally arrived 30 mins later and was not the best!...Such a shame as it's been good in the pastMore

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 5 January 2024

Really disappointing. The seafood starter was disgusting. The mixed starter was inedible, and the main courses we couldn't eat. My wife literally had half a spring roll and a spoonful of seaweed. £110 for 2 starters and 2 mains. Absolute rip-off. Will never go back.

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 20 November 2023

Unfortunately extremely disappointed, starters great but mains not. Service for mains poor and cold food . Ordered 4 dishes for mains, 3 came out a good temperature no hot plates to put food on. 4th dish took ages to come. No apology for big delay....It arrived, pork was too pink & cold, duck warm. It got sent back, rest of food was getting cold. Eventually came back after about 10 mins. No apology still. It was clearly reheated as it wss served as a mess. Other 3 dishes now cold. As a birthday meal, we were so disappointed. We actually left loads as cold. My husband spoke to same waiter and said its all now cold, we got told Chinese people like it cold. He left all plates in front of us for over 10 minutes to speak to someone. No apology again, he said taken a dish off the bill. Then given dessert menu. Totally had enough by then. Lady gave me a small cheesecake & candle for birthday. Its not about the bill. Its Service and quality of food. Also 4 tables & staff coughing because sizzler meals wth chilli smoked room out. Mens toilets were dirty. Didn't go to ladies after my husband was disgusted with mens.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 16 October 2023

Four of us visited the Banquet for dinner, and we all left with a lot less money and food poisoning! Very expensive meal for what it is (especially when you end up ill! :( )

Date of visit: October 2023
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I would ring the restaurant they are extremely helpful.
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Hi it is available only at lunch times. We only serve the dim sum basket in the evenings.
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BANQUET CHINESE, Colchester - Updated 2024 Restaurant Reviews, Menu, Prices & Restaurant Reviews - Food Delivery & Takeaway - Tripadvisor

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Banquet Chinese is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4