Cha Cha Moon – A Hidden Gem Among Restaurants in Soho

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It’s described as a noodle bar, and to be honest I’d conjured up images of fast food eaten from bowls conveyor-belt style. And then we’d be outside again. How wrong I was. Cha Cha Moon’s cuisine is a successful fusion of traditional fare from all over Asia – Thai, Malaysian and Japanese and that’s for starters. This restaurant has garnered the heart of many regional and local dishes – to be enjoyed at your own pace.

What makes this Cha Cha Moon stand out is that it is not a chain. That way you’re guaranteed to get a personal, dedicated and unique service. Cha Cha is plush in reds on the exterior. The interior is decked with bench seating at long tables laid in rows, so you will be sharing your ‘desk’ with other patrons. Which all adds to the atmosphere. Perfect for a Friday after work – the restaurant was bustling before 8pm. We found the staff engaging and attentive and felt included in the process as the chefs’ quarters line three out of the four sides of the floor plan.

Expect to find the usual soup noodles, Lao main meals, traditional deserts, and standard meats. Unusually we thought, Cha Cha Moon features a cocktail menu, which we didn’t need prompting to sample! They also feature a separate salad menu which we were told double up as alternative main dishes. Vegetarians are catered for too. Noodles may be hot or cold.

For daytime eating see the special set menu for £10 per head (eat between 2pm and 6pm).

Our menu
The tipples – Chan Chan Tei which is a delicious drink of beetroot, spinach, pear, apple.
White wine – Floria Blanc Gascony France abv 11.5% – a gorgeous highly fragrant and drinkable white from France. Cocktail – Asian Mojito (Lemongrass, lime, mint, sugar, apple juice, white rum).

Side dishes of Chinese basil calamari with sweet basil, and steamed broccoli in oyster sauce

From the Wok Noodle menu – Fujian style udon (prawn, squid, fishcake, belly pork, choi sum). Delicious thick sauce which flavoured the noodles well.
From the Bai Fan menu – Yellow curry lamb (Lamb, curry leaf, mushroom, shallot, lemongrass, steamed rice).

Desert – Black sesame ice cream (a delicious blend of vanilla ice cream with black sesame seeds and blackened honey drizzle). Banana and melon fritters (banana and melon, crispy batter, golden syrup, sesame seeds)

We were left satisfied from well cooked and flavoursome food. Eight out of ten for a wonderful evening. We’d love to go again.
This nugget of a restaurant is tucked away in Soho, Central London, and just off Carnaby Street.
We recommend booking a place beforehand as we did, to reduce wait times in a busy area like Soho.

Visit Cha Cha Moon at 15- 21 Ganton Street, London W1F 9BN. Telephone 0207 297 9800.
Opening hours: Monday to Thursday 11:30 – 23:00. Friday – Saturday 11.30 – 23.30 Sunday: 13:00 – 22:30.

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