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Budget Chinese food venture in [[Locale Soho|Soho]] by Alan Yau, the restaurateur behind [[Category Wagamama|Wagamama]] and [[Busaba Eathai, WC1E 7DF|Busaba Eathai]], amongst others.
Budget Chinese food venture in [[Locale Soho|Soho]] by Alan Yau, the restaurateur behind [[Category Wagamama|Wagamama]] and [[Busaba Eathai, WC1E 7DF|Busaba Eathai]], amongst others. There's also another branch in the [[Locale Westfield|Westfield Centre]] in [[Locale Shepherd's Bush|Shepherd's Bush]] — see [http://www.londonchow.com/2009/11/cha-cha-moon-bayswater-whiteleys.html London Chow review].
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However, the sides were all uniformly excellent. The spring onion pancake was extremely tasty, not oily on the outside, though it did drip a bit. Garlic Chinese chives were lovely as well, very easy to eat, and the prawn guotie dumplings were given an enthusiastic thumbs up.
However, the sides were all uniformly excellent. The spring onion pancake was extremely tasty, not oily on the outside, though it did drip a bit. Garlic Chinese chives were lovely as well, very easy to eat, and the prawn quotie dumplings were given an enthusiastic thumbs up.
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* [http://www.london-eating.co.uk/34198.htm London Eating comments]
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* [http://www.worldfoodieguide.com/index.php/cha-cha-moon-chinese-london-england World Foodie Guide review]
* [http://worldfoodieguide.wordpress.com/2008/05/13/cha-cha-moon-chinese-london-england/ World Foodie Guide review]
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* [http://www.qype.co.uk/place/158093#PlaceReviews Qype comments]
* [http://www.qype.co.uk/place/158093 Qype comments]
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* [http://tomeatsjencooks.blogspot.com/2010/01/restaurant-review-cha-cha-moon-in-soho.html Tom Eats review]
* [http://www.londonchow.com/2010/01/cha-cha-moon-review-ganton.html London Chow review]
* [http://londonrobstuff.blogspot.com/2010/01/cha-cha-moon-w1.html London Stuff review]
* [http://eatlovenoodles.blogspot.com/2010/03/wonton-mian-cha-cha-moon-chinese-london.html Eat Noodles Love Noodles review]
* [http://theskinnybib.com/2010/10/09/fashionably-chinese/ The Skinny Bib review]
* [http://www.grumblinggourmet.com/2012/09/the-limp-disappointment-of-cha-cha-moon.html Grumbling Gourmet review]
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<div class="last_verified">Last visited by [[Ewan]], [[Bec]] and Alice, 15 May 2008. Opening hours taken from the Cha Cha Moon website, December 2009.</div>
<div class="last_verified">Last visited by [[Ewan]], [[Bec]] and Alice, 15 May 2008.</div>
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summary='Stylish Chinese food on a budget in Soho.' summary='Stylish Chinese food on a budget in Soho.'
website='http://chachamoon.com/'
summary='Stylish Chinese food on a budget in Soho.' website='http://chachamoon.com/'

Budget Chinese food venture in Soho by Alan Yau, the restaurateur behind Wagamama and Busaba Eathai, amongst others. There's also another branch in the Westfield Centre in Shepherd's Bush — see London Chow review.

In the Soho branch, the arrangement of the dining area follows the usual pattern of long benches with diners fitted on to these. The open kitchen is at the front of the restaurant, and the back opens out on to Kingly Court with large windows letting in light. There is a rack for coats at the side of the room.

Ewan and Bec visited for lunch during the first week it was open (May 2008); the place was largely empty upon arrival but gradually filled until fairly full by around 1pm.

Ewan had the enoki lamian, a very tasty dish with thin noodles and tiny enoki mushrooms, full of flavour. Bec's tofu & aubergine lao mein was less successful: the noodles weren't quite so good and there were reservations about whether fish/oyster-based sauce had been used (the waiter assured us it was completely vegetarian). However, they were happy to remove the mushrooms from it, though this meant it took a fair bit longer than the other dishes to arrive. Alice was also a little disappointed by the chicken in her jasmine tea smoked chicken noodle main course, as being slightly pink.

However, the sides were all uniformly excellent. The spring onion pancake was extremely tasty, not oily on the outside, though it did drip a bit. Garlic Chinese chives were lovely as well, very easy to eat, and the prawn quotie dumplings were given an enthusiastic thumbs up.

Their drinks menu includes cocktails (alcoholic and non-alcoholic), as well as an esoteric range of drinks, many from the San Pellegrino range, such as Chinotto (an acidic bitter drink like Campari without alcohol, £1.70) and San bitter (likewise with a tart taste and in a smaller bottle, £1.50), but both very good. Our waiter had trouble explaining what they were to us, and brought two bottles of Chinotto out of error (though they were happy to let us keep the second without charge when we explained the mistake).

In all, good but not exceptional food. It will be interesting to see how it develops and worth returning to try again after they've settled in, perhaps.

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Last visited by Ewan, Bec and Alice, 15 May 2008.

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