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Mr Chen

by Paul Waller

JUST opposite the Auditorio Infanta Leonor in Los Cristianos, down from the main bus station, near the Hotel Sol Princess, is this new, superb restaurant, brought to you by one of the owners of Wok Chinatown.

The concept is the same. You can eat as much as you like for one price, with the added bonus that it is all cooked freshly to order, and brought to your table.

With two small areas available to sit, either inside or outside, undercover, this restaurant feels as it meant to feel; like a little family business with food that is fresh and flavoursome.

The staff are very welcoming, speaking both English and Spanish, enabling you to get the most from the Chen family-restaurant experience.

As previously mentioned, the restaurant is modelled on the excellent idea of  Wok Chinatown, but, in another way, it is completely different, so we decided to try it for ourselves.

Why so different? As well as offering some favourite Chinese dishes, this is a fusion restaurant, so it takes inspirations from around the world, all infused into the world of Chinese food.

So what did we start with? It had to be the hosts’ recommendation of an award-winning dish called Crazy King Prawns, wrapped in Greek angel-hair pastry, served with a sweet-and-sour mango sauce. Wow! What a dish! We ordered another one! We also ordered the smoked Canarian cheese in crispy Chinese filo pastry, with a palm tree honey, vegetable spring rolls and a wonderful tempura of King prawns, which were huge and very tasty.

We also tried the crispy squid, chicken wings and chicken skewers, steamed dumplings and something  we have never tried before, Grilled Xiao Long Bao. These were like very light bread rolls, stuffed with a pork filling, and they will be ordered again, next time!

There are so many starters to choose from, it’s a great reason to have to go back to try the rest. Oh yes, nearly forgot – we ordered a bowl of Wonton soup, too!

Once we had demolished the starters, we picked up the menu again and turned our eyes to the main dishes. Prawn  Pad Thai, Crispy Chicken and Sweet Chili, Duck with Orange, Fried Ric, Mr Chen style, and Iberic secret Mr Chen. You will have to order that yourself, to see what the secret is!

The nice thing about the portions is that they are not overwhelming. They are tapas size, so you get to try different dishes, and look forward to returning really soon to taste the rest. All of this was plenty for the four of us.

The great thing is that if you want more, you just pick up the menu and ask! But there is one rule; you must eat what you order. (You must try it, and eat some of it.) If you order too much, you maybe charged for it, which I personally think it is a great policy, so there is no wastage.

Then came the desserts, which are also ordered via the waiting staff, and then brought to your table. As you may have guessed, we were pretty full up, but we did manage to fit in an apple crumble flan with vanilla ice cream, and a chocolate brownie for us all to share.

My son also squeezed in another bowl of chocolate ice cream, while we finished off the meal with a coffee and a Jasmine tea.

All this costs only 12.95 euros per person. Under 8s eat for 8.95 euros, and under 5s go free. The price is fantastic value for money.

And, judging by all the people around us, this idea is becoming a very popular choice of many others.

Mr Chen is open from midday until 11pm, seven days a week. You get freshly-cooked food,  and can eat as much as you want, chosen from a well-thought-out menu, all brought to your table with a smile.

Thank you, Mr Chen and your staff, for your family’s hospitality and fantastic food.

If you haven’t visited yet, get down to Mr Chen in Los Cristianos, and experience it for yourself.

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