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Banquet Chinese

342 London Road, Colchester CO3 8LT, England
+44 1206 211588
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Overview
  • Excellent63%
  • Very good24%
  • Average7%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“dim sum” (78 reviews)
“crispy duck” (14 reviews)
“prawn toast” (5 reviews)
Open Now
5:00 p.m. - 10:45 p.m. Hours
CUISINES
Chinese, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
RATINGS
Service
Food
Value
Atmosphere
LOCATION
342 London Road, Colchester CO3 8LT, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My son had asked to go to Banquet 1408 for his 15th birthday treat (having been twice before for treats), so I booked and then saw a number of recent negative reviews. But we wen5 ahead and glad we did as I saw no change...More

1  Thank Sarahmethomson
vincent c, Owner at Banquet Chinese, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Dear Sarahmethomson, thanks for your review, as I've stated below we are improving the restaurant on a weekly basis and are 100% confident in what we do and what we are going to be able to achieve for the benefit of our Guests. If you...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We have been going to Banquet since it first opened and loved their dim sum. We didn’t realise it had changed ownership until we came to review it but we definitely noticed a change in the taste and quality of food and came away disappointed....More

Thank Nellytheelephant65
vincent c, Owner at Banquet Chinese, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Dear Nellytheelephant65, yes we are the new Owners but the Chefs remain the same, so just a little dubious as why you think there is a big shake up at Banquet. Since our arrival we have introduced a new comprehensive wine list with 10 glasses...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Enjoyed a wonderful meal with family, busy restaurant with several large groups dining, the service was excellent and food superb - we’ll definitely be returning!

Thank KLSmith33
vincent c, Owner at Banquet Chinese, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Dear KLSmith33, Great review! and glad you will come back to visit us again!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I have eaten in the restaurant and had take away from here a from times. The most recent takeaway we had was really disappointing and not up to the usual standard. I always order the kung po king prawns from here. The batter is light...More

Thank Lisa R
vincent c, Owner at Banquet Chinese, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Dear Lisa R, many thanks for leaving the review and letting us know, yes we are the new owners, but the menu has not been updated as yet, your comments have been passed onto the Head Chef, we hope you can return and take us...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went for dinner after a long drive down, we had the three roast meats which was gorgeous. The prawn pockets filled with scallops which was alright but did not turn out to be what we imagine. The king prawn fried rice wrapped in lotus leaf...More

Thank Beatrice W
vincent c, Owner at Banquet Chinese, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Dear Beatrice W, Many thanks for your review we hope you come back soon!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We have been visiting Banquet since the first day it opened and always considered it the best lunchtime Dim Sum in the region. Sadly our last visit on Saturday was so disappointing. Some of the dim sum was on the cold side, the Vietnamese spring...More

Thank Darren A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A fabulous restaurant which I often eat at especially for the delicious dim sum, but it’s all good. Very comfortable and pleasant place to dine as well with lovely amenities and pretty garden and good service.

Thank Kay M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have been to this restaurant many times but it has changed ownership and the food is now awful. The presentation and taste of standard dishes such as chilli beef is horrible. Bowls are cold as are most of the dishes. Service is poor. It...More

2  Thank holsareme
vincent c, Owner at Banquet Chinese, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear holsareme, as Ive stated before in other replies many things were carried over from the previous owners including the way things are presented. We will however has a new menu very soon and new plates and crockery to go with it. Hopefully you will...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Enjoyed a meal here on Friday evening as part of family celebration. Must admit to being a little apprehensive after reading some of the recent reviews, however we felt the service and food were up to the usual good standard. I think we would eat...More

Thank TommyTynan
vincent c, Owner at Banquet Chinese, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear TommyTynan, thank you for the nice review, I can assure you we are serving consistently good food and offering a great service to our guest, if you haven't already tried Banquet for lunch please fell free to join us.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I must start this review by saying we have been to this restaurant many times in the last few years and always enjoyed the food very much. Last Saturday evening we decided to treat yourselves and go back. We had heard that new owners were...More

Thank June R
vincent c, Owner at Banquet Chinese, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear June R, Thanks for your feedback, we have been improving the Restaurant on a daily/weekly basis with things that were either not working properly or dishes that were not up to our high standard. Yes the Chefs that were cooking for you before are...More

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Hi, unfortunately their website doesn't specify so I would have thought not. Best to call just in case!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$21 - US$99
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 p.m. - 9:45 p.m.
Tuesday
12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
5:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Wednesday
12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
5:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Thursday
12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
5:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Friday
12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 10:45 p.m.
Saturday
12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 10:45 p.m.
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 342 London Road, Colchester CO3 8LT, England (Formerly Banquet 1408)
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Essex  >  Colchester
  • Phone Number: +44 1206 211588
  • E-mail
Description
Banquet Chinese is a restaurant and venue unlike any other found in Colchester or North Essex today. This is Chinese food the way it is meant to be experienced! Our mouth-watering dishes are cooked to perfection by award-winning chefs using only the freshest and finest ingredients. The interior has been carefully chosen and imported from China to create a genuine and sophisticated yet relaxed atmosphere in which to enjoy your lunch or evening meal, perhaps together with a bottle of wine from the well rounded wine list supplied by Enotria World Wines. Please take some time to familiarise yourself with Banquet Chinese here on our website. Have a look at our menus and wine lists. Read about Dim Sum, the delicious little dishes perfect as starters or as a light and sophisticated lunch time meal.
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