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Published January 29th 2015
Chinatown can be compared to an intriguing selection box of eateries, which at some points can overwhelm those who wander down its narrow streets in search of sustenance. "Where to go, what to choose?" the wanderer mutters to themselves. And then a decision is made.
New Fook Lam Moon is one of the smaller Chinese restaurants in Chinatown and looks unassuming. We chose this restaurant out of many along the street, as it looked cosy but honestly we could've gone inside any of the choices. But we're glad we chose this particular one. The interior wouldn't look out of place on a 1970s film set, which didn't exactly set our world on fire. The walls were adorned with stereotypical Chinese Restaurant decor. We weren't really sure what to expect. However, the menu enticed us into staying. It had plenty of choice and could even cater to vegetarians.
According to reviews that I have read after visiting, New Fook Lam Moon has a fantastic reputation and a loyal fan base, which includes the Chines themselves. We didn't know this when we visited. Apparently the restaurant was originally called Fook Lam Moon and has been open since 1982. However, last year it changed management, which risked alienating its devoted clientele. They really needn't have worried.
The quality of the food is exceptional, with good sized portions. Dishes served include stewed eel with black bean sauce, shredded crispy duck and of course, egg fried rice. Online reviews have stated that the restaurant can be a bit hit or miss but our experience didn't tally up with this. Seeing as we hadn't really expected much, the food exceeded expectations. The bill for two people came to around £35.
The service was good and we weren't rushed, despite the place being busy. We didn't book a table, but managed to get seated right away. It was a good atmosphere to sit and chat and also relax over your meal.
All in all, our experience was a pleasant one. It looks as if I have a new favourite amongst the variety of choices to eat. New Food Lam Moon is definitely a shiny star amiongst the myriad of choices in Chinatown and is recommended.