Cha Cha Moon London

Cha Cha Moon London

3 8 Reviews


Chinese in London - Soho
15-21 Ganton Street, Soho, London, W1F 9BN
+44 (0) 20 7297 9800

Cha Cha Moon in London, London, is a local Chinese restaurant. They proudly offer Chinese dishes . For more info contact Cha Cha Moon Chinese restaurant on their telephone number - +44 (0) 20 7297 9800.
Tags: Bad for Food, cheap, chinese, Noodles, Quick, soho




Cha Cha Moon London Reviews


An embarrassment to call it Chinese - I really am confused as to why so many people like Cha Cha Moon so much.

The first time I came was for their new breakfast menu. My companion was quite excited as 'salmon porridge' was on the menu - we took this to mean congee, a Chinese rice porridge which is usually savoury. But no - it was actually oat porridge with salmon and a bit of salmon skin on top. Eurgh.

My own breakfast, the Marco Polo noodle soup, was actually instant noodles in a white-flecked puddle of non-descript 'soup' with a slice of flaccid pork belly, a string of choi sum, and a poached duck egg on top. It was so bland that the only thing I could do was add loads of chilli oil and soy sauce. For breakfast. Meanwhile, my companion struggled to get the waitress' attention to get a spoon to eat her porridge with. It was all so farcical that we had a good ol' laugh.

For some unfathomable reason, I returned for dinner. I was astounded to see a queue here. We ordered seafood ho fun, duck lao mein and some taro paste croquettes, all to share. The ho fun was fine, if a little stingy on the seafood. However, we weren't given the duck dish until after we'd finished the ho fun so had we not been sharing, one of us would have gone hungry. We sent it back anyway, as it was mainly skin and gristle. It didn't make much difference, as the replacement was dry, stringy and really poor in quality. This was the general theme - catering to the masses for as cheap an overhead as possible.

I'd much rather go to Chinatown, as my favourite, Hung's, is much cheaper, better in quality, and even the service is better.

One thing I will begrudgingly give them is that their Hong Kong milk tea is nice. Still - shame on Alan Yau, for allowing such utter rubbish to be served.  
Tags: Bad for Food

Rating  2

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Fab, fast, frugal - We must have gone on a good day. Alan Yau has disappointed me of late, but this time we were impressed. Saturday lunchtime we (3) were seated straight away. We order 3 mains and 3 sides and the food all arrived so fast we hardly had time to sip our drinks. It was all delicious, my bbq duck noodle soup was outstanding, the duck meat was grilled perfectly (still a little pink in the centre). Not a huge amount of meat in the dish but for £5 I was not complaining. The side dishes we lovely, especially the cha cha mooli (a turnip like root veg) and spicy wontons.

We were still hungry (we are training for half marathons so we're eating a lot these days) so we ordered another 2 vege sides but this was a bit ambitious as we couldn't finish them. Despite the extra orders, for 3 mains and 5 side dishes (embarassing) our bill was £14 pp including tips and drinks. Great value!  

Rating  4

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Cha Cha Cheap - I find I'm very limited in choice here as a vegetarian yet I come back time and time again. i've heard people complain about the bad service but its always been good for me, well fits the london standard. The food is tasty, different from your average chinese, quick and best of all cheap. All dishes at £3.50 makes this place the perfect stop off for lunch and dinner.  
Tags: , cheap, chinese, quick

Rating  5

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So So Food - Dropped by here last Friday lunch time with a couple of friends. We were a party of four, but they made us wait in the queue until ALL of us had arrived which was a little annoying (despite us telling them the last person was literally around the corner). Sure, design wise this place looks very slick and the atmosphere was buzzing. It was also reassuring to see the noodles being freshly made in the open kitchen. Less impressive was the service. As soon as we had sat down a waitress loomed over us ready to take our order, and probably less than 5 minutes after she had taken our order the food started to arrive! Great if you are in a major hurry and like to inhale your food, but a bit unsettling if you were looking forward to a nice chatty lunch with friends. Now on to the food: Highlights included jasmine tea smoked chicken and crispy duck. Disappointingly the prawn dumplings were deep fried and most of the noodle dishes were extremely greasy and overloaded with very similar looking brown sauce. Overall the food felt very heavy and not at all healthy. Plates and glasses disappeared the second we had finished them, and whilst the last plate was being cleared away, we got handed the bill. You just got the feeling they wanted you in and out as quickly as possible. Yes all the dishes are £3.50 so you can eat here on a budget, but I'm not a fan of such greasy heavy food: I would rather pay a bit extra for something made with a bit more love in the kitchen. I'm afraid it's style over substance here.  
Tags: chinese, Noodles

Rating  2

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Cha cha along.... - So after hearing many good things about this place, I took three of my friends to test it out. Being the only veggie of the pack I was already aware that I could have problems..and I was right - the dish I ordered was the only one without mushrooms (not a fan) and was average and I wont be visiting again. On the other hand, my friends who had the duck lao mian and they loved it.

As for the experience, the queues were ridiculous - we waited for over half an hour for a table on a wednesday evening. Unlike waggas the canteen experience isnt amazing - its so loud in there you cant have a conversation with the person next to you let alone across the table...

I wouldn't be quick to name this place to a veggie considering the other places to go in soho.. so if you want to wait, and be served reasonable food for the price and not really talk to the people you are with - the this is the place!  
Tags: cheap, chinese, soho

Rating  1

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Don't bother - Sure it may be cheap at £3.50 but the food is medicore, you have to queue for ages to get in and the waiter will probably stuff up your order. See full details of my bad experience here: http://www.gourmet-chick.blogspot.com/. In its favour I can say that the dumplings are good. Maybe it is best to stick to them.  
Tags: chinese

Rating  1

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Cheap and Chinesey - I just went for lunch here but before hand I had several concerns....
1. that the prices would have gone up and that the £3.50 deal was a limited time offer
2. that the queues would make getting in and out within an hour impossible
3. that I hate canteen style eating.
Well I'm pleased to say I was wrong on all counts, we queued while we chose what to eat, and by the time we had decided we were seated. I had a seafood noodle thing - which was delicious, my companion had the crispy duck - which I also tried and was also delicious. We also ordered two sides, crispy dumplings and pak choi in oyster sauce. Both were lovely, but we would have been satisfied just with our mains.
And while I hate going to Wagamamas the canteen style eating at Cha Cha Moons doesn't detract from the experience. The acoustics are good so you can hear what your lunch buddy is saying, the bench seating is comfy. Even if you are sat with couples either side of you there is enough space that you're not constantly poking each other with chopsticks.
I'm definitely going back, probably a lot. There was so much choice on the menu, and everything sounded so good that I'm going to want to try everything!
Alan Yau has done us proud.  
Tags: cheap, chinese, choice, quick

Rating  5

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£3.50 for anything! - Just off carnaby street it is a big, quite dark funky spot that recently reopened, so its looking pretty cool. It was packed with people as well, buzzing for lack of a better word. The kitchen is all open plan so you can see all the organised chaos happening right there.

Opened up the menu for lunch and well everything had a £3.50 next to it ... !! what?!? im in soho ffs?

So what if im a cheap skate, for that price they could have served anything and i would have said it was amazing.

But honestly I had the crispy duck lao mian, and it was pretty good. More than enough to keep me satisfied too. Definitely a regular spot to try out the huge variety of items on the menu.  
Tags: cheap, chinese, soho

Rating  4

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