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“It's all true”

Restaurante Chino Lun
Ranked #20 of 82 Restaurants in Arguineguin
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Chinese
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
Reviewed July 14, 2013

Taking into account individual preference for food, style and surrounding, it's sometimes easy to be disappointed in a restaurant, which has attracted rave reviews from others. We approached Chino Lun with this in mind, and having tried a number of Chinese restaurants in both Arguineguin & Patalavaca, over a period of 15+ years, it had something to live up to.
The mantra on the place mats runs "probably the best Chinese restaurant in town" and they are quite correct - we were ace sceptics for no good reason at all.
Chino Lun is towards the non-tourist end of the town, situated in the main street, which used to be the main road to Mogan. There are a few tables outside, but little to attract anyone to sit there. Inside, the surroundings are somewhat "standard" within, although there's a few interesting paintings and ornaments around the walls - we noticed a few unusual Budhas & a Wuwei Horse amongst them.
This is a busy place, and if you arrive at the wrong time, be prepared to wait outside to be seated. We found the staff friendly & helpful, and quickly had a multi language menu, which is quite extensive. Tsingtao beer is plentiful, served ice cold on demand.
We ate several of the chef's specials & cooked-to-order items, but the food kept rolling out. In true Chinese tradition, the dishes arrive to the table as soon as they're ready in the kitchen, so eating becomes an adventure, but as long as no one becomes annoyed about the lack of their food, it's very authentic.
For starters we had seaweed, steamed dim sum (which they helpfully served without any shrimp in the selection), & guo te (pan finished jaozi with pork & ginger). All really delicious & served with a variety of dips and sauces.
Main courses were a spicy beef sirloin & a lamb casserole dish, both very reminiscent of NW China, with a nod to Mongolian hotpot. The meat in both cases was "melt in the mouth". Our third main course was a glutinous rice/chicken wrapped in lotus leaf, proudly brought to the table by the chef & opened in front of us. Again this was absolutely superb, rounding off a memorable meal.
The menu is reasonably priced, and depending on the choice of dishes, a family could have quite a low priced meal here. Sadly we seemed drawn towards the higher end, but this still was super value for money.
There is no doubt - this is the best Chinese restaurant in the area & we would recommend it to anyone.

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Reviewed July 1, 2013

The restaurant has street side tables but we ate inside from the set menu and they allowed a couple of changes. My companions enjoyed the chicken and sweetcorn soup which I changed for hot and sour. Physically hot but could do with more spices. Shreded duck was nice and plenty of it as there was with the main dishes. House wine was fine as was the beer. Nice meal but unfriendly staff would not entice you to hurry back

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Reviewed June 21, 2013

Went here for a family meal and was not disappointed. The restaurant was recommended as the best Chinese in the area and it was really good value for money and really tasty. You will not be disappointed.

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2  Thank Neil D
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Reviewed January 6, 2013

The Chino Lun is very reasonably priced, has an extensive menu and excellent food! They deliver to Anfi at no charge so we will be ordering from here again without a doubt.

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Reviewed January 5, 2013

Made a visit to this restaurant after reading the reviews on here, and was pleasantly surprised it was even better than we could imagine. The only minor problem was that the place was packed and it got pretty loud in that small room, though that was out of the staff's hands. Having eaten at a lot of places before looking up reviews, it was like we were treated like Kings coming there. Three servers for our table, with instant seating and barely no time before the food was on the table.

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