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“3 takeaways and eaten in 3 times” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of China Chef

China Chef
Ranked #69 of 465 Restaurants in Colchester
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $19 - $40
Cuisines: Chinese, Asian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Families with children, Special occasions, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Delivery, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Colchester, United Kingdom
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45 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“3 takeaways and eaten in 3 times”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 8, 2014

We have eaten in the restaurant 3 times and had 3 takeaways from the China Chef. Eating in the restaurant has always been better then the takeaway, but never has the takeaway been bad. Sometimes the crispy shredded beef is a little chewy but nothing major. Everything always tastes fresh and cooked to order. If your eating in, then you will be amazed at the excellent service and food. The decor is nice and welcoming and looks professional, you can view the kitchen and see the chefs cooking the food which is always nice. One major plus for the China Chef is how quick they can cook the food and get it to your table, super fast and always excellent. Takeaway is the same as well, super fast.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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English first
Colchester, United Kingdom
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46 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Good food but..............”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 31, 2014

We visited last night for dinner. The restaurant was just about half full but no more. It was early in the evening too . Throughout our meal I felt that we were a bit of an inconvenience. The service was efficient - almost to the point of being too efficient. The moment that a bowl was empty then it was whisked away. This really annoys me particularly when other people at the same table are still eating. It really felt as if we were being hurried through the meal and moved on. We asked to take a break before coffee or dessert and whilst we were left alone within 3 mins another member of staff was asking what we would like to order !! Staff were lacking warmth and did not try to appear interested in us until we had our coats on to leave and then they could not say goodbye enough !! It was also the first time we were on the receiving end of a smile all evening. Have to now say we were out with our son for the evening - we were not 3 undesirables !!

Good food and well cooked and presented but evening spoilt by sterile service.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank barton181
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Little Bentley
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24 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Fantastic ”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2014 via mobile

Popped in for a meal with my lovely wife after an unexpected minor bonus. The quality of food, service and presentation was outstanding. This is simply the best Chinese I know. Reasonably busy for a Tuesday night and clearly lots of regular repeat customers. Great meal

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Essex UK
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543 reviews
221 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 374 helpful votes
“Family Favourite”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2014

As a family we always used to visit China Blue either just before or just after Christmas and was sorely disappointed when it closed to make way for a betting office!!

However, China Chef has been a magnificent substitute.

We usually go for the express lunch with the addition of a starter. The food is always fantastic, freshly cooked and such good value.

The interior is calm and very stylish. The staff are always pleasant and efficient.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank Angel57
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London
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19 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Not just your average Chinese restaurant..”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2014 via mobile

I regularly visit the China Chef as I feel it's the best Chinese food I have eaten. I recently took a group of 8 business associates here for an evening meal. We were 30 mins late and they were happy to hold our table, it's was a Wednesday evening and were pleasantly surprised with how busy it was.
Food was spot on, cooked to perfection, so tasty and full of flavour. The people we were entertaining are what I considered to be foodies and they all said it was the best Chinese food they had eaten by far.
Service is attentive, decor is understated and lighting is just perfect for an intimate setting. The restaurant has a particularly inviting atmosphere, warm and attentive.
Not just the best Chinese in Colchester, I would say best restaurant in Colchester town centre.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank hermajesty83
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