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Friends Chinese Restaurant is a great choice for Chinese dining in the heart of the Essex town of Halstead.

Found right along the main High Street, this popular Chinese eatery is a big hit amongst locals of the town and its long list of regular customers only enhances its popularity even further.

An integral part of the dining scene of Halstead, Friends Chinese Restaurant has built its reputation on its high quality cuisine and excellent service, all of which is now available to tastecard members who, when calling in advance and producing their card upon request of the bill, can enjoy all of their sumptuous dishes at a fantastic discount.

The menu features all of the favourites anyone would expect of a good Chinese restaurant, with an array of tasty noodle, curry and stir fry dishes to choose from along with some great vegetarian choices and a good selection of chicken, pork, duck and seafood plates to sample too. Stand out dishes include the crispy aromatic duck, which is served with hoisin sauce, julienne cucumber and spring onions, and accompanied by the obligatory pancakes; the baked fresh crab with ginger and spring onion (previous notice required) and the Szechuan king prawns with a hot bean sauce. The salt and pepper spare ribs are another highlight with Szechuan pepper, five spice, garlic and chilli giving them a real kick.

Located in a charming period cottage style building along Halstead High Street, Friends Chinese Restaurant has some great period features in the dining room. The low ceilings are covered in old wooden beams and pretty cottage windows look out onto the street. Round tables covered in crisp white linens fill the room with just the right amount of space in between them.

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Angela said "Great food, lovely evening
Great food, lovely evening"
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Nick said "Great Food. Freezing Restaurant
The food is wonderful, the chefs seem to care about presentation, and the food is on par with..."
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Dan said "Quality
Kerry said "Good Food
Good food, friendly staff and great value"
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"Excellent Food
Really yummy food with plenty of choice, although the burners could have been hotter as food..."
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  • Angela said: "Great food, lovely evening
    Great food, lovely evening "
    Posted 9 months, 24 days ago...
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  • Nick said: "Great Food. Freezing Restaurant
    The food is wonderful, the chefs seem to care about presentation, and the food is on par with many expensive Chinese restaurants... Sadly, there is one big problem!...

    The whole experience is marred by the fact that, the past five times we have eaten there, the restaurant has been below acceptable temperatures (below legal for the staff even!)

    Our last visit, we arrived at 8pm to find the restaurant at 8 degrees!!! It seems as if the staff have been instructed to turn the heaters on only if a customer should arrive. By the end of our meal, the temperature (according to their own radiators) had only just passed 16 degrees. This was made even more unfortunate that a party of 16 had also booked in to endure the cold (they joked with us about it).

    The whole situation is ridiculous, and after many trips, it’s clearly an issue with the owners’ business ethics. Not one of us felt we were able to remove our coats, or even our scarves!! The food went cold very quickly (such a shame), and was no longer enjoyable. I felt no desire to enjoy a cold beer with my meal, for obvious reasons.

    If only the manager or owner could realise this huge issue, it would be the best Chinese in the area. A simple thing such as keeping the restaurant warm should be high on the list of priorities. "
    Posted 10 months, 22 days ago...
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  • Kerry said: "Good Food
    Good food, friendly staff and great value "
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  • "Excellent Food
    Really yummy food with plenty of choice, although the burners could have been hotter as food didn't stay warm for long "
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  • Angela said: "Great food, lovely evening
    Great food, lovely evening "
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  • Nick said: "Great Food. Freezing Restaurant
    The food is wonderful, the chefs seem to care about presentation, and the food is on par with many expensive Chinese restaurants... Sadly, there is one big problem!...

    The whole experience is marred by the fact that, the past five times we have eaten there, the restaurant has been below acceptable temperatures (below legal for the staff even!)

    Our last visit, we arrived at 8pm to find the restaurant at 8 degrees!!! It seems as if the staff have been instructed to turn the heaters on only if a customer should arrive. By the end of our meal, the temperature (according to their own radiators) had only just passed 16 degrees. This was made even more unfortunate that a party of 16 had also booked in to endure the cold (they joked with us about it).

    The whole situation is ridiculous, and after many trips, it’s clearly an issue with the owners’ business ethics. Not one of us felt we were able to remove our coats, or even our scarves!! The food went cold very quickly (such a shame), and was no longer enjoyable. I felt no desire to enjoy a cold beer with my meal, for obvious reasons.

    If only the manager or owner could realise this huge issue, it would be the best Chinese in the area. A simple thing such as keeping the restaurant warm should be high on the list of priorities. "
    Posted 10 months, 22 days ago...
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  • Dan said: "Quality
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  • Kerry said: "Good Food
    Good food, friendly staff and great value "
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  • "Excellent Food
    Really yummy food with plenty of choice, although the burners could have been hotter as food didn't stay warm for long "
    Posted 1 year, 8 months, 28 days ago...
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