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Alan Yau's Cha Cha Moon serves fast affordable pan Asian cuisine. Take a seat at one of the communal tables and enjoy a wide range of noodle dishes in an environment where the speed and quality of service is second-to-none.

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Opening Hours
Opening Hours
MON

11:30 - 23:00

TUE

11:30 - 23:00

WED

11:30 - 23:00

THU

11:30 - 23:00

FRI

11:30 - 23:30

SAT

11:30 - 23:30

SUN

12:00 - 22:30

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Cha Cha Moon reviews



By Gillian F.

We stumbled across this restaurant whilst traipsing around Soho. We found it to be extremely friendly, excellent value and delicious. Would recommend this for a tasty lunch, which will not break the bank. Will definately return for more.


By Diana T.

We had lunch there for 2 people and payed £22 which I think is good velue for the money. (2 starters, 2 mains and soft drinks)

The service was very slow when we wanted to order or pay, however after ordering we received the food quite quickly.

I had a bowl of noodles which was ok, nothing special, but my boyfriend's curry was really nice, he really enjoyed it.

Over all it was a good lunch, but nothing amazing. We probably will go back but only if we happen to be hungry in that area.


By Ralph P.

I am not able to understand the appraisal for the food quality. We were four and apart from the main dishes we had 3 sides, all ok quality if you consider the price. I believe that is the main point with 5.50GBP being almost the most expensive item on the menu, you order as much and what you like. Of course Cha Cha Moon is designed for high frequency otherwise they wouldn't have a business case, so expect to eat and go. At least one dessert on the menu would have been nice, but obviously it unnecesseraly prolongs your stay. If the queue wouldn't prevent this it would be a good place for "fast food" in the Carnaby Street area.


By T Lyong L.

It is a shame the restaurant could not do a doggy bag especially it is Chinese restaurant. I certainly have not encountered such policy in a Chinese restaurant in Chinatown or Queensway. This is perhaps typical of Alan Yau's type of restaurants. I would like to know if you could do that with Wagamama (I know he no longer owns that), BusabongEthai or indeed the much more expensive Yauetcha and Hakasan.


By Mark B.

A friend and I decided to give Cha Cha Moon a try, even with the mixed reviews. It was hot last night and we managed to secure a table outside in the courtyard thankfully. To my surprise they had jasine iced tea so I thought that was a good sign. We both thought the menu was a bit limited but had no problem in finding a few things we wanted to try. I was of the impression from comments made that this was sort of a Chinese tapas bar, small plates to sample and share. That said, we ordered 4 noodle dishes and two sides. The sides came and were small as expected. The first noodle dish arrived and it too was smallish and to share. We thought we were on the right track until the next two noddle dishes arrived, and were truly mains - at this point more than enough food. From that came the last dish and it too was large. All that said, the flavours were great and we were happy with choices, albeit it was too much food for the two of us. When our waiter came back I asked to take the remaining food home with me only to be told there was no way to do so. I said I found it hard to believe that a sheet of kitchen foil could not be used to wrap it up so as not to waste it. We were told there was no way to accommodate us and the manager was brought to our table. He again stated nothing could be done so I replied that I expected him to deduct the £7 from the bill if I could not take what I paid for. He replied he couldn't do either and I replied that I couldn't pay the bill as it was. With much attitude he left the table and brought back the reworked bill saying nothing else. I would have expected better from customer service and will not be returning, even though the food was worth it.


By J C.

Weekday Lunch 25pounds 2 persons

Not impressed by the food, especially as the chefs are meant to be from various parts of the orient!

The spring onion pancakes were soaked in oil, and tasteless.
The prawn gyoza had an unwelcome addtion of sweetcorn and the pastry was still uncooked on the crimping.

All the main portions were on the small side, compared Tai Won Mein (Greenwich, Elephant & Castle).
The seafood hofun came with a good amount of seafood, but the sauce was excessively overpowering and salty.
The beef fried hofun was extremely greasy.
The Salmon lo mien, was uninteresting, and the grilled honey salmon was dry and the raw ginger slithers didnt seem to work.

The atmosphere is modern take on the Wagamama style of dining. The elevated dining areas along the side of the main area exposes the sometime unpleasant view of diners legs on the barstools.

Service is quick
The introductory price of around 3.50 per dish makes the whole experience bearable.

Overall a grave disappointment.


By Caroline M.

Went here for a pre-theatre dinner on Saturday (the day after it opened) with my boyfriend and loved it! loved the quick service, the open kitchen and the fab non-greasey food. The spring rolls are definitely worth a go, far from the boring ones most of us are accustomed to! Make the most of this introductory price, because no doubt, once the word is out, the price will be rising. Excellent value.


By Bill B.

If you thought all noodle bars were the same, think again. In both food and ambience, Cha Cha Moon is several notches above the rest, yet prices are on a par. The bench seats are even padded, for heaven’s sake.

The Venue
Ganton Street is an attractive thoroughfare off Carnaby Street, an area awash with eating opportunities. You enter alongside the kitchen and see the chefs beavering away behind a see-through wall. The dining room is in usual noodle bar style with long, communal tables and bench seats for about 140, though here the benches are shorter and upholstered. A further 30 or so can dine outside in attractive Kingley Court, an open-air precinct which is home to numerous cooler-than-cool independent fashion retailers and a selection of restaurants and bars. Back inside, there’s flattering, dim lighting from suspended orange fabric boxes, brick walls and a row of high bar stools at a counter. It’s a little reminiscent of Wagamama, except warmer and more upmarket.

The Atmosphere
Even on a weekday lunchtime, the joint is jumping with groups of friends and office workers, as well as the odd family of tourists. Service is utterly sweet and efficient, and agreeably leisurely for a restaurant of this type.

The Food
Again typically for this sort of venue, there are dishes large and small that arrive as they're ready, rather than starters then mains.

Chinese basil calamari (which would be a starter elsewhere - £5.20) arrives piping hot with light, greaseless, crisp batter around just-chewy-enough squid. The basil doesn’t make much of an impact and some kind of dipping sauce or mayo wouldn’t go amiss instead of just a lemon wedge, but it’s still delicious.

Dolly mee goring (£6) is a big and mildly spicy tangle of noodles with comforting scrambled egg, crunchy choi sum (a green, cabbage-like vegetable), red pepper strips, bean sprouts and deliciously squidgy fried cherry tomatoes. Sitting on top are fishcakes quite unlike those we’re used to from western cuisine. These are small, thin, spongy, white discs with great fish flavour.

A warm, crispy duck salad (£7.90) couldn’t be simpler, or more successful. The shredded meat is reminiscent of what we’ve all rolled in pancakes down at the local Chinese, but with a crunchy, sweet-edged glaze. Apart from that, it’s just spinach leaves and chunks of cucumber in a piquant chilli dressing which balances the sweetness surrounding the meat.

A broad bean salad (£3.95) is an invigorating mix of correctly skinned beans, peppers, spring onions, cucumber and those delightfully odd and spongy cloud ear mushrooms in a sweet but fiery Szechuan sesame dressing.

Dessert proves a slight disappointment. Only two are listed (though an ice cream option is promised soon), so it’s a poor show that one of them has run out. At least the sole survivor, banana and melon fritters (£5), is a winner. Again, the batter is gossamer-light, and the banana filling hot and full of flavour. Melon is, of course, a far less usual filling for fritters than either banana or apple, and now we know why; it’s too watery and has insufficient flavour for the job. The warm golden syrup and sesame seed sauce is irresistible, whilst a little bowl of cold, vanilla-flavoured cream offers lovely contrast of temperature.

The Drink
You wouldn’t expect a restaurant of this type to excel on wine and, sure enough, there’s a tiny list of three whites, three reds and one rose (endearingly called ‘pink wine’), all between £14.90 and £16.90, plus a solitary prosecco at £22. From a trio of alcoholic cocktails, guava bellini (£5.60) turns out to be every bit as refreshing, fruity and celebratory as the peach original. From a larger selection of non-alcoholic cocktails, wha lulul (£3.60) is a wholly successful mix of carrot and orange juices, ginger and rosewater.

The Last Word
You could eat and drink yourself to a standstill here for about £30, and you wouldn’t even feel guilty with so many healthy, crunchy vegetables and juiced fruits involved. Cha Cha Moon is a lovely experience from start to finish (even the coffee is good). Disentangle yourself from the noodle chains and try something a little different, and quite a lot better.

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