Cha Cha Moon: Chinese Noodle Bar

Cha Cha Moon entranceCha Cha Moon
Cha Cha Moon(チャチャムーン)は、カーナビー・ストリートに隣接したGanton Stに、昨年5月にオープンしたチャイニーズ・ヌードルバー。以前ブログで取り上げた、Princiをプロデュースしたアラン・ヤウの、カジュアル版チャイニーズレストランだ。レストラン批評家(The Times/The Guardian/The Independent)の評価は、あまり芳しくないけれど、場所柄、若者を中心に大にぎわいだ。お値段はリーズナブル、味もなかなか。暖かい日には、中庭のテーブルで食事も出来る。玄関はナイトクラブを連想させるが、他のアラン・ヤウのレストランと同じく、席をシェアする形式の長い木のテーブルに暖色のライトが特徴のインテリアは、モダンだがアットホームな感じだ。ただ予約を受け付けず、また夕食時に行くと長時間並んで待たなければいけない。席に着いても何となく急かされる感じでゆっくり食事できないので、週末・混んでいる時間帯は避けたほうがいい。私たちは映画の後など、遅目の時間に手早く食事した時に行く。近年、新しいモダンなスタイルのチャイニーズ・レストランが増えてきて、従来のステレオタイプの中華料理店のイメージを覆しつつあるのは、嬉しい傾向だ。

Cha Cha Moon is a Chinese noodle bar, opened last May on Ganton street adjucent to Carnaby Street. This casual Chinese is another creation by Alan Yau (a co-producer of Princi). Although the scores by the restaurant critiques (The Times/The Guardian/The Independent) are not very good, but it is always busy with mainly young crowds. The price is reasonable, and the food is not bad. As other restaurans of Alan Yau, the interior is modern but easy, with long wooden communal tables and bamboo ceilings, although from the outside it looks like a night club. On warmer days, you can eat at the outside tables on the courtyard. I like its see-through kitchen because it gives us a sense of what is going on behind the door. The bad thing is that they don’t accept reservation, and you will be on the line for quite a long time during the busy time. Even you get the seats, you always feel rushed and feel claustrophobic by sitting close with each other. Therefore we go there at later time (after 9pm) for quick fix. If you want to enjoy the eating experience, avoid weekend+busy time. In the last few years, new modern style Chinese restaurants are opening, and the trend gives a fresh perspective from the old ugly stereotypical Chinese restaurants.

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