Review: The Fishergate Chinese that’s alreet cha

Posted on - 18th May, 2024 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - City Centre, Food & Drink, Opinion, Preston City Centre, Preston News, Restaurants in Preston, Reviews, Takeaways, What's On in Preston
Chun Cha on the corner of Fishergate and Corporation Street

Newly opened Chun Cha is a small Chinese restaurant and takeaway on Fishergate, opposite the old Debenhams. Working in the city centre, I’ve walked past and checked out the menu a few times, so I decided it was time to give it a try and went along with my friend, Neeta.

On arrival, we were given menus and took a seat in the small but cute, bright and colourful setting. However, RIP wasp on the windowsill.

Inside Chun Cha in Preston City Centre

I really wanted Chun Cha to be a Chinese Prestonian greeting, but it translates as Spring Tea so we felt it only right to order some iced fruit teas to accompany our food.

Whilst browsing the menu, we were asked if we needed any help or recommendations, which was great as I was being my usual indecisive self. I went with the recommendation of the Char Sui Soup Noodle and Neeta picked the Prawn Wonton Soup Noodle. To add to our lunchtime feast we ordered some Japanese Wing Karaage from the Specials and a New Orleans Chicken Bao Bun.

Our drinks arrived with plastic peel off tops which we both tried and failed to get off. The server came to the rescue as we weren’t the only ones struggling to quench our thirst. I ordered the peach flavour, which tasted like the juice in a tin of peaches. I’m not sure if that’s a good or bad thing but it was very refreshing in the sunny weather. Neeta chose passionfruit but thought it lacked a little flavour.

A Chun Cha at Chun Cha, cha.

The food arrived and looked amazing. I picked up a chicken wing whilst Neeta had a play with the chopsticks. I noticed (as per Chinese tradition I’m told) there were no knives on the tables but felt like I couldn’t ask for one to make up for my disappointing lack of chopsticks skills so I’ve no idea if they have any or not.

We really enjoyed the food, it was all really tasty. The wings were tender and perfectly coated, the bao bun was big and fluffy with a delicious sweet pulled chicken filling and the noodle soups were bursting with flavour. We did struggle eating the pak choi with our lack of chopsticks skills (and no knives), but we soon became full and neither of us could finish the soups, though I made sure to eat the roast pork. The £34.90 worth of food and drink we ordered was probably more suitable for a post work visit rather than lunch. Eyes bigger than belly and all that. The prices are very reasonable.

The service was fast and friendly and almost every table is by the window so you can people watch if that’s your thing. Unfortunately, there were a few flies around that we had to keep wafting at so one of those colourful ribbon blinds I saw loads of in my childhood (but never see anymore) might be a useful addition.

You know when you eat something and then you want to eat it again the next day? That.

I’m looking forward to trying more of the menu so will definitely be returning for a sit-in or takeaway lunch or tea in the near future.

Was Chun Cha Alreet for you cha? Could you get the lid off the fruit tea? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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