Cha cha moon

15-21 Ganton Street
London W1F 9BN
020 7297 9800
http://chachamoon.com/

Opening Hours
Monday to Thursday 12-11pm
Friday to Saturday 12-11.30pm
Sunday 12-10.30pm

We’ve heard a lot about this restaurant since its opening. Opened by noted restauranteur Alan Yau, Cha Cha Moon opened in mid-2008 with a massive promotion of dishes costing less than or about a fiver. Now it charges for its food at more market-rate prices, and it is extremely student friendly. The restaurant consists of a few rows of very long tables, and is a nice place to sit around over a couple of drinks and small dishes.

From the few things we ordered (we weren’t very hungry), we surmised that Cha Cha Moon is good for their starters. Our steamed taro cake was one of the best we have ever had, and it came with a generous amount of shallots and spring onions, just the way we like it. One gripe is that restaurants here never give us enough chili oil, which goes very well with such dishes.

Our mains were Shiitake yi mian and a lamb curry noodle dish that I can’t find anymore on the menu put on their website. No wonder, since it wasn’t good at all.

The noodles managed to be crispy and soggy at the same time, and though the curry looked very appetizing, was utterly devoid of taste. It left me quite speechless. The shiitake yi mian was slightly better, though an unusual option for us, since we generally avoid vegetarian dishes. The mushrooms added very little to the dish, and it could have benefitted from a generous dash of soya sauce.

Service: 6.5/10
Food: 6/10 (only because of the taro cake, would have gotten a 4 otherwise)

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