Upon arrival at the Chinese Cricket Club located in the grand crown plaza, directly opposite the Black Friars train station, we were immediately stunned at the modern and contemporary décor creating such a calming atmosphere. We were very quickly greeted by a friendly and welcoming waitress who showed us to our table which was incredibly spacious.
The Chinese Cricket Club menu offered of a wide variety of traditional Chinese style dishes accompanied by a range of the chef’s Sichuan specialities. From won ton soup to Kung pao chicken to stir fried lobster – There really is something for everyone.
For staters my salt and peppered squid and duck spring rolls came beautifully presented both in very generous portion sizes and I can honestly say these were the best spring rolls I’ve ever tasted! they were packed full of duck which was complimented by a sweet and sticky sauce.
With over 30 delicious main meals to choose from, I was spoilt for choice!
I ordered the Emperors’ crispy duck with prawn and nuts, the sauté venison with honey and pepper sauce and the wok fried scallops with asparagus and cashew nuts, which were all sensational. Our waitress also kindly recommended the chef’s special sea bass with Singapore noodles which were full of flavour and very tasty.
To accompany our meals we were introduced to a bottle of the House Red Wine which complimented our dinner nicely.
The only criticism I would make is that, unfortunately the Chinese Cricket Club is closed on a Saturday which would be my personal evening preference and it is only open from 6pm onwards, which if your like me and like to eat earlier this is not ideal.
Overall there is not a single fault I could make about any of the dishes I ordered. The presentation was great, the portion sizes were great, the atmosphere was great and the service was great. I would fully recommend the Chinese Cricket Club and am looking forward to my return.
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