As many of you know, I’m a massive fan of food. If I’m not eating, I’m usually thinking about cooking tea, what to have for tea or scouring the internet for new recipes to put in my face. When Cha Cha Moon got in touch to ask if I wanted to join them for a blogger dinner, it took me less time than it takes to chew a perfectly cooked steak to say yes.
Despite feeling like they’d got the wrong person and really they were expecting some kind of professional foodie blogger with massive traffic and a super strong social media presence and influence, I popped along to Carnaby Street one Tuesday evening and settled in for an evening of authentic Chinese cuisine with a modern twist.
Based in the heart of Soho, Cha Cha Moon was originally developed with renowned restauranteur Alan Yau and offers lively and urban setting for a delicious dinner. Recently, the restaurant has added 14 new dishes to their menu and I got to try nine when I went along for my visit. Armed with a suitably juicy and exotic cocktail, I tucked right in.
Up first, we were brought the Thai Crunch Salad (photo 1 above), made up of crisp rice sticks, peanuts, cabbage, crunchy vegetables and edamame beans drizzled with a sensationally tasty peanut sauce. Not normally one to go for a salad in a restaurant, I was surprised just how much I enjoyed this.
Up next, we were treated to a classic Malaysian chicken satay. A satay is a satay is a satay in my book, and this certainly didn’t disappoint. Malaysian Laksa – a spicy noodle soup with chicken, prawns, fish balls and a whole host of vegetables – followed next, and despite the GEC (graphic egg content) this was an aromatic and tasty dish that I whole heartedly enjoyed.
My favourite dish of the night followed: stir fried Kung Pao Chicken. Made with a complex sauce of salty, sweet, sour and spicy flavours, I couldn’t stop eating this, despite the dishes ahead of me and the ones I’d already indulged in. I’m a sucker for soy sauce and this dish was a bit of a taste sensation.
As an avid seafood fan, I really wanted to LOVE the Singapore Chill Crab. As it was, I just really liked it. That’s not to say it wasn’t satisfying and perfectly pleasant because it was, I guess I’d just got my expectations too high because I always want crab to make me feel like I have died and gone to heaven.
We finished up with a mango pudding, a classic sweet treat from Thailand and Dadar Gulung which originates from Indonesia. I’m often wary of Asian desserts but these were really excellent without being too heavy or overpowering after 7 other dishes.
I’d been to Cha Cha Moon before and already had strongly positive opinions of it, but this really reignited my love for this haunt in Carnaby. I’d recommend it to anyone looking to eat around that area, and I’ll definitely be going back soon.
*I was invited along to Cha Cha Moon for their Blogger Event but this hasn’t affected my views in any way. I’d have recommended this place before the event, and now the new menu has been introduced, I’d only recommend it more emphatically.