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China Chef

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73 Crouch Street | CO3 3EZ, Colchester CO3 3EZ, England
+44 1206 546953
17:30 - 23:00
Closed now
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Sun - Thu 17:30 - 23:00
Fri - Sat 17:30 - 23:30
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Colchester, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lovely meal, delicious and plentiful on a busy early Saturday evening. Starters delivered very promptly but had to wait over 30 minutes for mains to be served. Reminded that table was required for 8.30pm. Disappointed with customer service, communication to customers needs to be improved.

Thank Debbie W
Level Contributor
30 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We have been to this restaurant a couple of times and every time it has been busy, giving a great atmosphere. We usually go for the £26 per person set menu which are the chef's choice dishes. Always a varied choice and everything is always cooked perfectly, so tasty. We really enjoy the food and woudl recommend a visit here.... More 

Thank soulmate2108
Feering, United Kingdom
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45 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a great place and we have never had a bad meal hear. They also do a budget, one dish lunch which is both affordable (£7.50) and fast - especially good for a quick lunch-hour meal. Well worth a visit

Thank Maureen B
Level Contributor
166 reviews
130 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I have known this place for very many years but stopped going a few years ago as I found it too expensive especially the wines and the food not enjoyable. However I have to say I was very pleasantly surprised and impressed. We ordered Japanese chicken Gyoza and aromatic crispy duck to start which were very good, followed by sizzling... More 

Thank michaelclay2n
Camberley, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

I've been here a couple of times before and this visit confirmed my impression that this is the best Chinese eatery in area. Although slightly expensive, especially for starters, once you add in all of the little extras, the banquet meal for £22 per person including duck was good value and the food was lovely. The decoration is classy and... More 

Thank Pegasus_bridge
Braintree, United Kingdom
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69 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

Does this come up to China Town or Sink to just the village, Put them to the test with there Banquet Offering, the price is £26 per person and the chef will pick the dishes, not knowing what we would get was quite nice in a strange way. Based on 3 course with a nice range of starters including chicken... More 

Thank StephenMann
Malaga, Spain
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

China Chef offer a competitively priced one course 'business lunch' that represents good value for money. However, an add-on charge of £1.50, i.e. 10% of the total cost for two just for condiments is a rip off. A little extra soy sauce and chilli oil at this price, which was not mentioned until the final bill was presented, is more... More 

Thank Richard C
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21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016 via mobile

Enjoyed another visit to this great Chinese restaurant The decor is modern and very well done The staff are exceptional And the food is wonderful For a Friday or Saturday evening you have to book Well worth it though Without a doubt my favourite Chinese restaurant

Thank Jenny M
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016 via mobile

We ordered takeaway from China Chef on a Saturday night. We had to wait over two hours for it to be ready. Once it was home we found the quality of the food average at best ! This restaurant does not seem to be be able to cope with the demand on a weekend as a result the food suffers.... More 

Thank Dan2422
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016

Ive been in the China Chef for New Years Eve (twice), Stag do's, Anniversaries and Birthdays, the place we take people when they visit us to impress them, the place we go as a special treat, how this is not in the top 10 in Colchester I never know, Ive put it down to the fact it being so good... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$19 - US$40
Chinese, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Delivery, Reservations, Highchairs Available
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
17:30 - 23:00
17:30 - 23:00
17:30 - 23:00
17:30 - 23:00
17:30 - 23:00
17:30 - 23:30
17:30 - 23:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 73 Crouch Street | CO3 3EZ, Colchester CO3 3EZ, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Essex  >  Colchester
  • Phone Number: +44 1206 546953

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?