Chung Ying Central is the latest offering in the Chung Ying Group and has recently opened in the heart of the Colmore Business District. Early reports we had heard were of generally good food with service that was a little hit and miss so we were keen to form our own opinion.
We had booked quite early on a Friday evening, but even so at just before 7 there were lots of tables already full, the Friday night ‘post work’ food and drink in full swing. The interior is pretty modern, with dark wood and cream leather, and a large bar running down one side.
We thought that our luck was in as shortly after our menus arrived, so did a couple of cocktails (that we hadn’t ordered!) The waitress put them down and left so swiftly that we couldn’t catch her to ask if she had made a mistake. Turns out she had, but she left us the cocktails anyway!
We ordered a few Dim Sum to start – the Beef with Ginger and Spring Onion, the Char Sui Buns and the Crispy Curried Chicken Spring Rolls. The Char Sui buns were like little clouds of BBQ’d pork heaven, really really delicious. I also really like the curried chicken spring rolls – the filling had great flavour and the pastry itself was thin and crisp as it should be. I wasn’t quite as keen on the beef with ginger and spring onion. The taste was delicious, but the dumplings were a little cold in the middle. The meat looked cooked through though, so possibly a reheating issue.
We then ordered a couple of mains to share, as well as a portion of Egg fried rice and a portion of Vermicelli Singapore Noodles. We went for the Sweet and Sour Pork and also the Crispy Shredded Beef in Chilli Sauce. The latter is my staple order when we get take out, but this version blew those out the water, the sauce was hot and sweet and sticky and the beef itself lovely and tender. Think I will struggle to enjoy a takeaway one again after eating this one! The pork was also really very good, with a nice light batter and large chunks of pepper, onion and pineapple through the sauce. The portions of the rice and noodles were huge, and we couldn’t finish them so unless you’re mega hungry, a portion between two will probably do!
Other than the cocktail ‘mishap’ the service was friendly and efficient and we really enjoyed the food. I’m really keen to get back there and try some more of the Dim Sum especially – I’m working up the nerve for the chicken feet!
126 Colmore Row, Birmingham B3 3AP
Disclosure: We paid for our own meal, and all opinions expressed are honest and our own