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Chinese, Asian
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All reviews prawn toast chicken seafood chinese restaurant visited china set menu saturday night food was fantastic takeaway courses
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Reviewed 25 February 2024 via mobile

Food here is fabulous, so so tasty, every dish we had (we had various dishes between 5 of us). Best chinese I have had in a long while. Lovely staff. The restaurant is a little small and tightly packed but this is quite common for...good Chinese restaurants in my experience. Booked to go again in March (make sure you book quite far in advance as can get booked up as very popular)More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 11 December 2023

We have a great evening here ( a work's party) food was exceptional, reasonably priced, great friendly efficient service. We all loved our food, great selection of both food and drinks, thoroughly enjoyed by all of us, will definitely return.

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 11 November 2023

Ordered a take away and 1 of the dishes was not ncluded. They refused to accept that it was not included, and it CERTAINLY WAS NOT. They did give me the dish when when I went back to the restaurant, but reluctantly, still insisting it...was originally packed. The customer management was dreadful. I have no complaints about the food.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 30 October 2023 via mobile

Went for my brothers 18th birthday and the food was great, however the staff one lady in particular was very rude when I was ordering rolling her eyes and giving attitude because she believed we didn’t order enough food. This really ruined the mood for...the evening and set a negative tone. This really is a shame as the food is great.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 29 October 2023

Ordered 2 mains, a rice and 2 glasses of wine to be told we had not ordered enough food?? I have NEVER in all my years eating in restaurants be told to order more food, for one it is rude, maybe we had a budget...or wasn't hungry enough to order another dish and waste food! I didn't want to make a scene and ordered some more food, but left feeling quite annoyed. I looked on their website and could not find a minimum spend, I even called Citizens Advice as this is not something I have come across before and they labelled it as very poor customer service. I urge anyone going to this restaurant to read the reviews before goingMore

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 27 October 2023 via mobile

So the atmosphere and decor were wonderful very high end for the very reasonable price of the menu. I had taken my friend out because she wasn't feeling well and we really enjoyed our meal, since the food was good quality and we did have...a nice table and quick service. However, she didn't end up ordering much, as, as I said, she wasn't feeling her best. The staff were a bit hostile towards this, not taking her plates, being rude about the bill even though we spent around £40. Overall an odd experience, probably wouldn't go back but would order takeaway.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 26 October 2023

We have been to this restaurant a few times for family occasions and chose it again for an 18th. I had made the restaurant aware it was for an 18th previously. Whilst the food is amazing, the service was quite poor. We chose enough food...for our party but there appeared to be eye rolling and making one of our party very uncomfortable that we had not ordered an equal number of set meals for each party in our member (we ordered a mixture and added several dishes due to allergies and appetite). No one asked if everything was okay with the meal etc, I know it was busy on a week night but there appeared to be plenty of staff. The only time we got a smile was when we paid and left a cash tip.. in hindsight, it should have been a lot less.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 26 October 2023

Who do these people think they are? Demanding a deposit of £10.00 per person to make a reservation for dinner. Ridiculous system. Their excuse is that they get a lot of cancellations. Do other restaurants get a lot of cancellations? I am sure they do...but they do not ask for a deposit. Will not be asking to make a reservation again. You have lost a customer and I am sure others will follow. In my opinion, this is a very short sighted policy.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 7 October 2023

Collected a takeaway meal, prompt delicious food as always. Always my 1st choice to use this resturant

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 30 September 2023 via mobile

Friends. Food was nice. Nothing extra ordinary. You sit there. Feels like a huge money making machine. Staff work to a system ; not asked if we wanted more drinks - attention only at end when we asked for the bill. This is undoubtedly a...good restaurant but to be honest it’s overrated.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 24 August 2023

I have always used this restaurant but today experienced poor customer service skills. Very unhelpful when querying about a dish

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 11 August 2023 via mobile

My husband and I visited China Chef on Sunday with our friends. We had a wonderful evening. The staff were friendly, attentive and accommodating. The food was delicious... we didn't want to stop eating! It is an evening we will all remember for the atmosphere,...friendliness and extremely tasty food, thank you China Chef xMore

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 31 March 2023

Outstanding. Food is far better than any other Chinese I have been to in the area. We were particularly impressed with the service. Very attentive and professional staff. Lovely atmosphere and feels more up market than other places. Loves the food. It’s our new favourite...Chinese restaurant.More

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed 12 March 2023 via mobile

Arrived last night *Genuinely* believing I have booked China Chef ... for 730pm for 3 people. Owner asked me Two Question's : My name / did you pay deposit? I replied O no i wasn't asked !! The reply i got - No we only...take deposit dismissed me straight away & said you've booked Chef Canton & walked away from the Welcome / Greeting unit !! I was A- Totally shocked by the Lack of Customer Service B- How dismissive she was of us C- Not even offered a table or a return visit & walked straight away from us 😳 After reading the latest review...I will Not return there was absolutely NO Customer Service & the restaurant wasn't even full on our arrival. Totally get its my error ... But there is absolutely no need for Rudeness !More

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed 20 January 2023 via mobile

used to recommend this place to all my friends, but I will never recommend it again I was asked to go with some friends for an evening meal. The food is nowhere near as good as it used to be, but the Lady running the...restaurant is so rude it’s unbelievable I looked across other people what had little kids with them she slammed the food on the table and walked away in a raged request they ask for some napkins when one of my friends asked for a drink, she said we all want to have one and stop messing her around I cannot believe these people are getting away with such rudeness. I also felt sorry for the other staff the way she was treating them. I will be not going backMore

Date of visit: January 2023
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Yes, China Chef offers takeaway services.

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