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“Food OK but place is 'well worn'” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Chinatown Express

Chinatown Express
63-65 Stowell Street, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 5SE, England
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $10 - $20
Cuisines: Chinese
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations
Darlington, United Kingdom
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35 restaurant reviews
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“Food OK but place is 'well worn'”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

We eat at this restaurant about once a month mainly because of it's location (one end of 'Chinatown', actually China street) and it is reasonably priced. It lives up to it's Express name but does cook food as ordered. The restaurant is fairly small and cramped at times and it is normally fully occupied.
They have a limited lunchtime and early evening 'happy hour' menu and a much bigger standard menu. Food is OK and there are many authentic dishes available as well as the Chinglish dishes more suited to westerners. As with most restaurants drinks are overpriced.
As the restaurant is always busy and has a high turnover of customers the fixtures and fittings are well worn or tired. This includes the crockery, furniture and building. The place also does take-away food. However, the restaurant only accepts cash so go prepared.
In summary the restaurant is OK for a quick meal but not the sort of place to go for a night out.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Newcastle upon Tyne
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“Satisfied with the food, but not with the service”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

I tried this place with a group of friends, the atmosphere and decor is just average. The menus are really old and wrinkly!
The food (crispy noodles and vegetable vermicelli) was nice, it could have used a little bit of flavour though. But the big let down was the staff. Two girls and one boy who were waiting in the restaurant were more interested in what was going in their phones than doing their jobs.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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“Quick and excellent meal”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

Chinatown Express is not a 'restaurant' but a great place for a fast meal with excellent food.

Probably not the prettiest place to eat but his café/ takeaway has been here for several years and is one of the favourites amongst the Chinese community. They have a cool 'viewing station' where you can watch the chefs prepare the food. They sell awesome Bubble Tea (first place in Chinatown Newcastle to have it!) and the food is quick and delicious.

Would be even better if they took bookings especially on match days when they tend to have a lot of people wanting takeaways after the match!

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“NO FRILLS GOOD FOOD GREAT SERVICE”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

This is a very busy place good for take-outs and also for eating in . it does not pretend to be 4 star so you come in not expecting to find great facilities . it is noisy from the kitchen , active but friendly , welcoming and has a great atmosphere . Food very good . Great for take-outs or low budget /student groups . Definitely not a wine and dine joint . Very good value pleasant staff even though they are hard working .

Visited July 2013
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“dont be fooled by the interior excellent”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2013

from outside and inside you would think this would be a horrible venue but it has the best food i have ever tasted at amazing value just needs a revamp

Visited June 2013
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