Coco Chino is located on Wardour Street, less than five minutes’ walk from Piccadilly Circus Station and right off Leicester Square. They are unique in that they’re a fully halal Chinese restaurant which is the main selling point. The restaurant itself is small, with seating available for a few parties of people, and decorated well however it’s in a basement setting so it’s a bit dark – perhaps a good date night venue!
We were seated straight away and started off with some complimentary prawn crackers which were thick and crispy. We ordered some starters which came really quickly! We tried the Sesame Prawn Toast (4) (£8) which was really nice, instead of the usual prawn paste there were big fresh king prawns in the toast. It wasn’t too greasy and tasted great. We also had the Stir-Fried Minced Seafood Wrapped in Lettuce (£10) which we really enjoyed. With fresh crispy lettuce and delicious minced seafood in a light sauce which went really well together.
For our mains we had the Kung Po King Prawns with Cashew nut (£14.50) which was really great, big fresh prawns cooked perfectly with a delicious cashew nut sauce and loads of cashews. It looked great too! Presented on a lovely little vermicelli noodle basket (although this part isn’t for eating). We also had the Shredded Duck Fried Rice (£9.80) which sadly wasn’t as good – the duck was nice but the rice itself was a bit overcooked and greasy. We finished off our meal with some complimentary fresh fruit which was a nice touch.
The staff were really friendly, happy to make recommendations and also very attentive. Our food came out really quickly and we were in and out of the restaurant in less than an hour. I think if you follow a halal diet and need a bite to eat this is the place for you in a great location. Some of the main meals are quite a bit pricier than Cocochino’s competitors so bear that in mind.
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