Monday, January 5, 2009

Cha Cha Moon, Soho

I had heard mixed reviews of Alan Yau's latest offering but the place intrigued me and, at least while the £3 per course offer remained, I thought it was worth a try.  

The design is stunning, reminiscent in some ways of a ski lodge with big heavy wooden doors and a back to nature kind of feel (or maybe that's just me).

The three of us had to queue on a Thursday evening, for perhaps fifteen minutes, before we were seated at our communal table with benches.  Atmosphere wise it is buzzier than Wagamama, and more grown up, with the sleeker design of Busaba Eathai.  We each selected a main course and shared two sides.  They arrive as and when they are ready, meaning you have to get on with it, possibly leaving, as we did, one diner waiting.  However, my Singapore noodles were just the right amount of spiciness and full of meat and seafood.  Others' curries were similarly good.  Sides arrived in a staggered fashion towards the middle to end of the meal and the pork dumplings were a particular favourite.  The red wine was very good and we were never rushed to finish and free up the table space.

Whilst the offer continues the food is very good value, especially for the location, but one glass of wine cost more than the main dish.  Once the prices go up, I may revise my opinion!

One course, a side and a glass of wine: £12.50 per head

Value: 8/10

Service: 6/10

Atmosphere: 7/10

Food: 7/10

SCORE: 28/40

Cha Cha Moon, 15-21 Ganton Street, London, W1F 9BN.  Tel: 020 72979800.

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