Hei Hei - Ashton-under-Lyne

Hei Hei - Ashton-under-Lyne

Chinese and East Asian

0.5 miles
Boodle Street, Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancashire, OL6 8NF
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The locally born and bred owners of Hei Hei (which means 'double happiness' in Cantonese) have, with the opening of this stylish and luxurious restaurant, elevated Ashton's position in the glamour stakes by several notches. The interior epitomises Oriental decadence in the 21st Century; rich reds, pinks and purples and elegant floral displays combine with muted lighting, banquette seating and ambient music to create an opulent atmosphere. The attention to detail, from the custom-made ash-wood chairs to the semiprivate 'pau pau' room especially cordoned off for larger parties, is impressive. This is what I would want my 'boudoir' to look like if money was no object.

Hei Hei is not just a pretty face; the food will wow you too. Over a zesty Semillon Chardonnay we perused the comprehensive menu. All the classics are there alongside more exotic combinations such as mango duck or king prawns with crabmeat sauce, if you fancy an alternative to the more usual chicken in black bean sauce. Lobster is their most popular dish and they are particularly proud of their seafood selection, with razor clams and soft-shell crabs being regularly ordered choices too. The helpful staff are only too happy to guide and make recommendations for the more indecisive diner.

Having limited capacity in our stomachs, and therefore sadly unable to sample everything from the menu, we opted for salt-and-pepper squid - some of the best I have ever eaten. The light batter encased large pieces of firm, meaty fish. Adorned with a green pepper, chilli and onion garnish, we would have licked the plate clean if we weRenét in public. I'd never heard of spring onion puffs and they were another delight, looking like fried mini doughnuts packed with spring onions. Mains brought more joy; I hadn't come across pak far duck before, but now I've sampled it I would be surprised if I could find another duck dish to surpass it - a tender roast duck breast was topped with a layer of prawns compressed into a dense stuffing, all covered with a rich, silky crabmeat sauce. My partner's sirloin steak in a tau pan sauce was equally decadent and again showcased the restaurant's attention to detail - hearty slices of steak glazed with honey and chilli, nestling against chunks of red and green peppers, were served in a basket delicately constructed from dried noodles. And yes, we could even eat the basket too.

The owners' passion for quality food and fresh produce shines through in every facet of Hei Hei. Business partners Manuel Choi and Matthew Man boast an impressive history in the business - they began with small takeaways and restaurants, opening one of the first Chinese restaurants in Liverpool, and eventually launched Hei Hei in 2008. The chef has impressive and well-travelled credentials, having worked in Liverpool's Chinatown, Hong Kong, Manchester and Ireland.

With its gorgeous surroundings, warm and attentive service, and most of all the beautifully prepared, perfectly cooked food, isn't it time you let a double dose of happiness into your life'
+3Hei Hei - Ashton-under-Lyne
Open: Bar: Mon-Sun from 4pm (until late Fri & Sat); Food Served: Mon-Sun 4pm-midnight