New China City - King Street, Southport
NOT many restaurants can promise diners fantastic food, super service and still have time to entertain them with an impromptu karaoke session.
Which is why New China City stands out a mile.
Owners (and siblings) Ming Kam Luk and Sou Yui Tang have been running the King Street restaurant together since 1991.
The pair, who pride themselves on their accomplished service, even discovered the world’s best barman, when they hired cocktail king Tony Adams at the tender age of 16.
Tony, now 25, and a bartender at TGI Friday in London’s Leicester Square, went on to scoop the award for the best barman in the TGI Friday’s World Bartender Championships in the USA, having landed his first job at New China City 10 years ago.
But could the food live up to the restaurant’s lively reputation?
After a warm welcome from Sou Yui, we were about to find out.
For our first course, we were provided with a platter of prawn toast, spring rolls, and king prawns with five spice powder, served with a mountain of prawn crackers.
This was followed by delectable crispy duck and pancakes, with spring onions and hoi sin sauce.
My personal favourite had to be my introduction to lobster.
Having always steered clear of seafood, I was a little apprehensive about trying it, but I needn’t have worried.
It was cooked to perfection, tender, and flavoursome. My dining partner described it as “beautiful.”
Whilst showing us the correct way to eat the lobster (by scooping the meat out from the shell), Sou Yui explained that all the food in the restaurant is freshly prepared on the premises by Ming each day, from the seafood to the deliciously spicy chilli sauce.
Ming, who has worked as a chef in Taiwan, Singapore and Japan, specialises in Cantonese food, and we were lucky enough to sample his legendary Cantonese sauce, which he said included apple, celery, orange, bananas and herbs.
Sou Yui and Ming have an infectious enthusiasm for their food, and customer satisfaction is a guarantee.
New China City has everything you could want from a restaurant – a fun, friendly ambience that is, quite simply, a joy to dine in, with staff who guarantee excellent, efficient service .
For dessert, we tucked into fresh juicy grapes, and sizzling toffee fruits, smothered in sambuca, with lashings of vanilla ice cream, while Sou Yin and her two-year-old daughter, Summer kept us entertained with renditions of Madonna and Elvis hits on the restaurant’s karaoke machine.
Fantastic food, exceptional service, and an atmosphere unrivalled in its warmth and cheer.
New China City is in a league of its own!