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“Awful from start to finish”

Hakka Seafood Chinese Restaurant
Ranked #45 of 683 Restaurants in Cambridge
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $19 - $61
Cuisines: Chinese, Seafood, Asian
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Good for: Large groups, Special occasions, Business meetings, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: Fresh daily ocean catch fish,Lobster,oysters,etc,etc
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Awful from start to finish”
Reviewed January 30, 2013

Went there with my partner on a Friday night and was looking forward to dinner after seeing great reviews. With only one table of 5 and one table of two occupied, we thought the service would be fast. After being sat down, the waiter knocked over the glass of flowers so had to move tables. After waiting for 15 minute (in a cold restaurant where we had to keep our coats on) the waiter came to take our drinks and food order. The drinks then took another 10 minutes to arrive.

After 15 minutes of waiting, we were informed that one of the starters we ordered wasn't available. This was not a problem and we ordered something different. Then a further 25 minutes of waiting, we were then told that they didn't have one of the main's we ordered.... At this point we had been restaurant for over an hour and still hadn't had any food.

After deciding to give up on the prospect of food, we decided to leave asked for the drink bill (£12). At this point we were informed that we had to spend over £30 before we could pay with a card. This was the final straw. Will definately not be going back ever!!!!!!

  • Visited January 2013
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  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
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English first
Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“What a little gem!!!!”
Reviewed January 21, 2013

Amazing!!!! The food was incredible, freshly prepared and top quality. The staff were very attentive, wine glass and water filled up....... Considering we drove from Norwich, it was worth every mile to get there. Shame its so far away as it certainly would be a regular visit. Had the set menu and what a result!!! Awesome. The best chinese I have had. Hakka is the place to go so don't forget to book.

  • Visited January 2013
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Thank rednipl
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Fantastic evening”
Reviewed January 20, 2013

We went on a Saturday night and decided to go for the set menu. What a result.... All the food was cooked fresh, and tasted fantastic. There was so much of it and would have definitely taken home the leftovers had we not been staying in a hotel. The staff constantly kept our glasses topped up with wine and water and were so attentive. This was probably the best Chinese I've eaten. Shame we are not closer as this could easily turn into a regular Saturday night visit. You have to give it a try, but make sure you book.

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1 Thank Apeake72
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Bath, United Kingdom
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106 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
“Simply sublime”
Reviewed January 18, 2013

I was attending a conference in Cambridge with some colleagues. We didn't know the city well, so searched online for good restaurants. The consensus was for Chinese or Thai food. The reviews left little doubt that Hakka was the place to go. The restaurant is a little out of the city centre, and looks fairly unremarkable from the outside.

However, from the moment we arrived we were made to feel very special. The owner, who is also the chef, came to the table to discuss the food, all of which is cooked from scratch. He advised us that he was happy to change each dish to suit our individual tastes, but we all agreed that he would be by far the best judge of that!

The food was simply sublime. I have rarely eaten so well in any restaurant, Chinese or otherwise. What an experience!

At the end of the meal, the chef brought a bottle of Japanese whisky over to our table and offered us a complimentary dram. We invited him to join us, which he politely declined, but later he came over to the table and seemed delighted to be quizzed extensively about the food. Amazingly, despite not getting home until the early hours, he is up at dawn to drive to the coast to buy fish straight from the boats. Now that's commitment to quality!

This place is worth a long detour or a special journey. I've not said this in a review before, but Hakka deserves a visit from the Michelin Guide.

  • Visited September 2012
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Unexpected & brilliant Chinese tucked away on Cambridge highstreet”
Reviewed January 18, 2013

Gorgeous food. It may look like a takeaway from outside- but don't be fooled. This is brilliant Chinese food. Hakka specialises in seafood and it really delivered. The salt and pepper squid for appetizer was brilliant- fresh and tender. My partner said the Hot and Sour soup was on of the best he's ever tasted (he's had it all over the world). Hakka noodles for main were incredible- light, with so many different and delicate flavours. Handmade on the premises, the noodles had a wonderful texture. We chose Shanghai chicken for the other main and this too was wonderful- flavours well-balanced, rather than just oil and chilli like so many others. We're going back with visiting family in a week's time. By far the best meal we've had in Cambridge.
*Do allow a bit of time to find parking- it's onstreet and limited to 30 mins outside the resturant.

  • Visited January 2013
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Thank specialjenny
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