Chinese Restaurant Holborn + Cocktail Bar Holborn | Cha Chaan Teng Holborn, London

LUCKY HOUR 5-7PM COCKTAILS £5

Genuinely Inauthentic
Eastern Hustle

What happens when you take something that imitated the West but was born in the East and then bring it back to the West to imitate the East?

We think you get something that’s perfect for multicultural London – a restaurant that’s genuinely inauthentic; playful and provocative; reimagined and redefined. East and West shaken up with a London twist to bring something fun and different to the capital’s diverse dining scene.

For those of you unfamiliar with the original post-war 1950s-1960s Hong Kong cha chaan tengs, these were bustling and fast paced café diners where Hong Kong's burgeoning lower middle-class could sample ‘western’ dishes – then considered enigmatic and mysterious. Menus, literally teeming with hundreds of items, were filled with quirky and often confused Chinese interpretations of Western dishes. A fusion of east and west, served up in an informal and frenzied environment.

Cha chaan tengs were all about comfort food as well as the place you would go to satisfy those in-between meal food cravings. When nothing else would do but a white crusty roll slathered with butter and garnished with condensed milk. Or a bowl of soup filled with instant noodles and fish balls. And no cha chaan teng meal was ever complete without its main attraction: the milky tea.

We hope you enjoy our unique cultural and culinary interpretation of these much-loved unique Hong Kong diners . We’re not pretending to be authentic, but we hope you find that our dishes, created from a curious and creative fusion of East and West, make for a deliciously unusual dining experience.

It’s true, we’re hustling a bit here…open your mind and tuck in.

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The Food

Our food is a playful asian fusion of east and west right in the heart of Holborn. We serve comforting chinese food alongside some curious but time-honored cha chaan teng staples, all delivered with a whimsical twist.


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Bao Bar

As the beating heart of Cha Chaan Teng, our bao bar is the perfect place to try our signature bao burgers with a tea cocktail or two. It’s the best bao restaurant in Holborn... even if we do say so ourselves.


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Afternoon Tea

After the Second World War - Hong Kong was influenced by the iconic British culture of drinking tea and eating cakes. Its part of the origins of why Hong Kong Cha Chaan Tengs sprung into existence. So what better way of representing our east meets west values in London with than a chinese afternoon tea here in Holborn. Our very own CCT inspired afternoon tea features homemade fluffy steamed bun sliders and our lightly toasted crusty rolls, topped off with a selection of mouth watering fillings. And our two favourite sweet, slightly crazy but delicious desserts - there’s no better place to enjoy a bottomless brunch.

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The Drink

Like everything we do, our drinks menu is truly east meets west - with tea, cocktails and so much more all in the heart of London. Our teas are hand selected by Henrietta Lovell of Rare Tea Co while our cocktails are blended by some of the best names the Holborn bar industry has to offer. We got a tipple to tantalise the most tedious of tastebuds!


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Cocktail Bar

Our cocktail list has been mixed up by Soulshakers, a group of passionate cocktail bar industry experts who are the leading name in the UK when it comes to cocktails. Come on down & experience the best cocktails Holborn has to offer.

 

Happy Hour

While London offers so many great cocktails, there’s nothing quite like Happy Hour in Holborn. From 5-7pm everyday, come and choose from selected cocktails for £5 to our very own Cha Chaan Teng lager for £3 - it’s hard not to get excited by.

 
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Our Partners
 
Jeremy Pang
Jeremy Pang

Our menu is curated by Jeremy Pang, TV chef and founder of House of Wok. Jeremy has given his modern take on Hong Kong’s post-war Chinese-Western fusion, re-inventing dishes to be shared, the way Chinese food should be eaten. Pang comes from three generations of Chinese chefs, whose grandmother ran the famous Ho’s Bakery in Manchester. Jeremy lives and breathes Chinese food having trained at Cordon Bleu and opened a school dedicated to teaching Chinese cookery.

Henrietta Lovell
Henrietta Lovell

Our ‘brews’ have been lovingly picked by The Tea Lady herself, the renowned Henrietta Lovell, from The Rare Tea Company. Having taken its name from Hong Kong’s popular tea restaurants – it seemed only fitting that tea take centre stage at Cha Chaan Teng. Henrietta has personally selected some of the world's best tea, with not only fantastic Chinese ‘cha’ but lovely leaves from across the globe. Henrietta, from a long line of traders and adventurers, gave up her career in finance to realise her father's dream of importing fine tea. The leaves are brought direct from farmers and their tea gardens, placing flavour at the centre of her business.

Soulshakers
Soulshakers

The cocktail list has been mixed up by Soulshakers, a group of passionate industry experts who are the leading name in the UK when it comes to cocktails. We worked closely with Soulshakers to create a menu that celebrated Western Classics while also introducing novel Asian flavours thereby tempting the curious while luring the more traditional of our guests. And to shake things up we asked them to craft a range of tea cocktails taking the idea of an old school tea house to another level. And what a mighty fine brew they managed to concoct! The Soulshakers team brings together the very best from the drinks and bar industry. The team’s creative minds and modern approach means that they are always ahead of the game. Whether it’s curating unique cocktail menus, ensuring a special event is a roaring success or delivering cutting edge training and advice, Soulshakers explosive team know all there is know about cocktails!

 

Location

 

Descend into Cha Chaan Teng and you’ll find yourself standing in a small slice of Hong Kong in the heart of Holborn – a fusion of two cultures. Our look is inspired by the original no frills cha chaan teng cafés and given a heavy Art Deco slant including bespoke artwork by DAIN, one of New York’s most influential street artists.

 

CHA CHAAN TENG HOLBORN
36-38 Kingsway, Holborn, City of London WC2B 6EY 
T: 0203 876 4001   E: enquiries@chachaantenguk.com

OPENING TIMES

Restaurant
Monday - Saturday 12 - 10pm
Sunday until 9pm

Bar
Monday - Wednesday until 12am
Thursday - Saturday until 1am
Sunday until 10pm

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