Restaurante China - in food and service, it leaves its competitors behind.
It is a family run business, with the father cooking his delicious dishes in the kitchen and his son managing the front of house.
Staff are always friendly and welcoming and, when we lived in Tenerife, we visited there often. They would always remember us, even showing us to our usual table and, in the case of the boss's son, reciting our order before we had chance to tell him! Sometimes we hadn't been in for a couple of months, but he still remembered.
Now that's class.
The interior is nice and luxurious. Food can be enjoyed in subdued surroundings, accompanied by the soft sounds of traditional Chinese music.
The interior is divided into two sections. The area where you first enter, with windows onto the Patch walkway (although, as the restaurant is a bit lower down than the pavement, all you can see is a load of legs walking past!).
You can also go up some stairs to the higher level at the back. This is more spacious - and nearer the kitchen.
One notable thing about Restaurante China is the quality of the toilets. Although they are accessed down some precarious stairs, they are superbly maintained and of a very high standard.
Regarding the extensive menu, try the salt-and-pepper spare ribs - they're not like you get anywhere else. Bite-sized and succulent, they melt off the bone and you get a serving of sweet-and-sour sauce in which to dip them.
When we go, as was stated above, we always tend to have the same thing. Thus, I can recommend, also, the kung pao chicken, the crispy beef, not to mention the crispy duck, cooked to perfection.
This excellent Chinese restaurant can be found by walking down the Patch, towards the sea. You will see it about halfway down on the right.
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