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Chinese Cricket Club (Restaurant, Hotel)

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Crowne Plaza London - The City Hotel, 19 New Bridge Street, City of London, London, EC4V 6DB
Cuisine: Chinese Average Price: £25.00-39.00
Tel: 020 7438 8051 | Email to Chinese Cricket Club | Transport: Blackfriars | Write review

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Best for: sophisticated Chinese food of a quality you’d expect from a high-grade City hotel.

Great: warm and personable service.

“You’re going to the Chinese Cricket Club,” I’m told.

“OK,” I respond in that long, drawn out nodding head way which denotes bewilderment, discreet though discernible scepticism, and, of course, the necessary obedience required in this situation.

The Chinese Cricket Club; I didn’t know there was one. That’s a new one on me. I’m the first to say, however, that I’m not a huge sport fan so if anyone is likely to be unaware of a Chinese Cricket Club, it’s me.

And then I find out the location, Blackfriars. More wide eyes and bewildered nodding. Isn’t that in The City of London? Is there room down there for a cricket club? Not last time I looked.

But no, the Chinese Cricket Club has an address and it’s in the Crowne Plaza Hotel on New Bridge Road, the road leading from the City towards the Thames. It’s not a cricket club at all but a Chinese restaurant. This is good news. As much as I don’t mind the odd Pimm’s and cucumber sandwich, I generally need more sustenance than that.

The Chinese Cricket Club restaurant veers to one side of the entrance hall, the other side hosting Refettorio, the hotel’s highly rated Italian restaurant. No cricket to watch, only Chinese food. Perfect. No view over unblemished grass from a veranda but, nevertheless, an interesting view through the window onto the City action.

The umpire, nay restaurant manager, Tony Chan, is charming and welcomes us with a glass of Prosecco (that’ll be pinched from next door no doubt) and offers to choose some food for us. It turns out that the Chinese Cricket Club is so named to celebrate the recently formed Chinese National Cricket Team who played their first match in 2009 as well as the more recent translation of the Laws of Cricket into Mandarin. Naturally, I’m happy to help celebrate both.

Tony sends over dim sum in the guise of Black Cod Gow Gee and Lobster Dumplings, generously sized parcels of plump, succulent, tender fish. No village cricket club offering here, this is national club out-to-impress food definitely.

Our table is quickly replenished with soft shell crab and chilli mayonnaise dressing and some sautéed green beans. I like your call so far Tony; soft chunks of sumptuous crab and, as a fan of veg, I like the tender green beans too.

Course 3: jumbo prawns with ginger served on a banana leaf; dry fried lamb with cumin; twice-cooked pork; and yang fried rice with an accoutrement of meat and veg stirred throughout.

Now here’s an interesting Chinese non-cricket fact: the Chinese don’t eat their rice with the main course, the rice is eaten afterwards. And here’s where this British guest cuts in with her own call.

“Really sorry [note customary British apology] but I do need that rice with the main courses.”

I’m really not good at eating meat on its own, however great it is. I did it in France once and it was a strangely sad eating experience, one I don’t wish to replicate in France, China or anywhere else. Still, the rice does come forth and serves the huge tender prawns and gently spiced lamb well.

End of play and this cricket novice has had as much as she can take for an evening’s entertainment. The menu - which includes puddings such as hot chocolate pudding, exotic ice-cream and banana toffee cake - is vast and there’s clearly much much more to absorb and experience. Clearly this cricket club works hard to keeps its fans interested.

I do think, however, that something extra is needed to bring a little more sporting action to this very gentle, serene hotel restaurant club house. A small cricket match perhaps in the entrance hall and beyond: Italy (from the other side of the hall) v China? That’s the thing with distinctive names, stereotypes aside, there’s a level of expectation that comes with a name, they define you. For example; Haggis McLeod suggests a certain stridency, and the Chinese Cricket Club suggests, well, cricket really. Now, I’m not proposing that the chef bats dim-sum out into the restaurant with his meat cleaver but I am suggesting that a little more visibility in the cricketing area might be a good thing.

That aside, at least the Chinese cricket team can rest assured that when they do find a match venue in London, the refreshment side of things is more than sorted. Genuine, imaginative Sichuan food, a vast array of cooking styles to suit all palates in comfortable spacious surroundings, and all skilfully umpired by the charming Tony Chan. more

Claire Roberts

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“I've just discovered this really nice Chinese restaurant a 5 minute walk from Farringdon Station. Good choice of dim sum and quick service; nice change to see brown rice on the menu too. Good food without having to spend loads of money.”
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Julie, Clapham (4 years 10 months 6 days ago)

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Chinese Cricket Club Opening Hours

Monday: 12:00pm - 2:30pm
6:00pm - 10:00pm
Friday: 12:00pm - 2:30pm
6:00pm - 10:00pm
Tuesday: 12:00pm - 2:30pm
6:00pm - 10:00pm
Saturday: 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Wednesday: 12:00pm - 2:30pm
6:00pm - 10:00pm
Sunday: Closed
Thursday: 12:00pm - 2:30pm
6:00pm - 10:00pm

Additional Information

  • Cuisine Type: Chinese
  • Average Price: £25.00-39.00
  • Dress Code: casual smart
  • Group: Crowne Plaza Hotels

Chinese Cricket Club Food & Drinks

  • Cuisine Type: Chinese
  • Average Price: £25.00-39.00

Chinese Cricket Club Food Menu

A mouth-watering range of Sichuan specialties. Menu that features signature fare such as Crispy Orange Beef and Fried Perch with Garlic Chives alongside traditional Chinese favourites like Corn-Fed Chicken and Corn Soup and Twice Cooked Pork. Chinese Cricket Club also offers an excellent choice of delicious dim sum, including Black Cod Gow Gee, Club Lobster Dumpling and Honey Glazed Pork Puff.

Updated 18/05/2011

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