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“Chinatown Express: Forget Manchester, forget London, your favourite Chinese meal may well be here!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Chinatown Express

Chinatown Express
63-65 Stowell Street, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 5SE, England
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Price range: $10 - $20
Cuisines: Chinese
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Delivery, Late Night
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Delivery, Late Night
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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“Chinatown Express: Forget Manchester, forget London, your favourite Chinese meal may well be here!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2012

Always wondered what it would be like – its prominent position on street corner with huge windows (and view of the kitchen) makes this one a pretty obvious place. There are always a good number of Asian people eating here, so it’s probably quite authentic, too. Finally, last year, we tried it, and since then, I eat here at least once a month. I try to alternate with the very good Little Asia, but I think this one is my favourite. It’s not a looker, rather like a cheap café, but the service is friendly, and very fast, and the food is, well, delicious. Really fresh, and very, very tasty. Can’t taste a bit of MSG here. Prawn crackers come unceremoniously in plastic bags, soups are really nice, but to me the highlights are the crispy noodles and tofu dishes. As I don’t eat meat, the choice of those here is plentiful, and there are some vegetable only dishes as well.

In many visits, I never had bad service or bad food. It’s consistently excellent, sometimes slightly more stodgy or slightly smaller/larger portion, but other than that, really consistent. Once, while I was waiting for a group of (very delayed) friends, the staff let me keep large table, although the place was pretty busy, and if that isn’t welcoming, then not much else is. I’ve eaten in many other Chinese restaurants in the country and in China, but this one is one of the best I’ve ever experienced.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“The Best Chinese In The North”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2012

This is the best Chinese restaurant in the north of England. Fantastic food; service and value for money. I am never disappointed when I visit.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Newcastle, United Kingdom
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“A little gem”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2012

Basic, spartan surroundings more like a greasy spoon than a Chinese restaurant but the food is good and the place is always full of Chinese people so that's a good sign. The service is efficient and although many of the staff don't speak good English there's always 1 or 2 who do if you need to ask them anything (which you will if you order off the full menu as the translated descriptions of these excellent dishes tend to be something like 'Pork in gravy' LOL). I advise you to give it a try and be adventurous with the menu...I'd murder for some won ton soup right now...

  • Visited May 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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South Shields, United Kingdom
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“Nice Lunch Spot”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2012

Chinatown express speaks for itself in the name.

Great food, served quickly in a cafe environment .

Highly recommend a lunchtime visit, would not recommend a night time visit with such good group of restaurants close by

  • Visited May 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“And a new favourite was born!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2012

Actual 'proper' Chinese food in Newcastle. Totally amazing. Pearl tea has made my entire week. How on Earth have I not eaten here before? Don't expect silver service but do expect the best Chinese food around.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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