Chinese and East Asian
342 London Road, Stanway, Colchester, CO3 8LT
Ten minutes from central Colchester, not far from Stanway, sits Banquet 1408 - a Chinese restaurant unlike any other. Over the last three years the restaurant has built a loyal clientele, with diners travelling from far and wide to sample the only authentic dim sum in the area, as well as other truly spectacular dishes prepared lovingly by chefs who use only the very best ingredients. Banquet 1408 offers the complete dining experience, in absolutely stunning surroundings with genuine features imported from China. The proprietor, Cici, is renowned for her incredible attention to detail; from the expertly-designed tranquil garden (perfect for hosting a summer party), to the intimate surroundings of two delightful function suites, everything about this restaurant is designed for the customers' pleasure and enjoyment. Diners are encouraged to entrust their meal to the specialist chefs, who will prepare a tailored menu packed with a whole host of new, exciting flavours. The à la carte menu is not only varied, but excellent value for money. We started with crispy soft-shell crab, and fried and smoked shredded chicken, both of which were wonderfully light and left us wanting more. Next to please the palate was sizzling fillet beef in a black pepper sauce - tender and cooked to perfection, it was served with light fluffy rice. We also sampled crispy aromatic duck pancakes, which burst with the most amazing flavours. Next we enjoyed delicious baby squid and scallops in a light wine sauce, and roast duck with apples in a tangy orange sauce - an astounding and inventive dish. Each plate of food was incredible, the flavour of every course inspiring and truly authentic. I cannot recommend Banquet 1408 highly enough.