Cambridgeshire has had a large and vibrant Chinese community for some time, which means we are blessed with some amazing restaurants and takeaways in the county. Additionally, Cambridge has always been a popular holiday destination for Chinese tourists, so many of our fine restaurants serve truly authentic cuisine from China’s many and varied regions.
So if you fancy a particular specialty dish like the heat of Sichuan hot pot or the famous dim sum of Canton and Hong Kong; or you would like to understand the differences between Lu and Yue cuisines; these top-rated restaurants below are a great way to get started.
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From restaurants like Zhonghua Snacks in Cambridge that serves homemade dumplings to restaurants that combine fine dining and music like Liutaio Music Cafe, our area offers a wide variety for every occasion and budget.
Below, in no particular order, are the 10 highest-rated Chinese restaurants in the county, based on their Google review scores, that you really should try soon:
Welcome Chinese Restaurant – St Ives
2&4 East Street, St Ives
Welcome Chinese Restaurant in St Ives is one of the top rated restaurants according to Google reviews. Located on East Street behind Market Hill, the restaurant has been owned and operated by Jasmine Cheung since November 2005. It has become a local favorite and a mecca for high quality Chinese cuisine.
A reviewer from Google said: “We are so happy to be able to get a table last minute as the lovely owner Jasmine went out of her way to help you! The clean and lovely restaurant is full of smiles and service friendly. The combination of Cantonese and Malay style food is excellent and delicious! The all you can eat buffet is excellent value and the menu selection is extensive.”
Spring Restaurant – Cambridge
66 Mill Road, Petersfield, Cambridge CB1 2AS
Spring has been on Mill Road since 2013 and is a traditional Chinese restaurant. They have a wide remit in Chinese regions, serving both Sichuan and Cantonese dishes.
In particular, you must try Henan homemade noodles, Xinjiang chicken and dry pot. They offer quick grab-and-go lunches and also offer all-you-can-eat fondue.
A Google reviewer said: “A really enjoyable dining experience. Much more authentic than your traditional English Chinese. The hot pot experience is great. You can choose a soup and then choose from a range of items to cook either in hot soup or on a plate set into the table as a barbecue. It’s really fun. It’s an all you can eat buffet and so no doggy bags are allowed. Just stay for the experience and eat as much as you can”.
Cinta – Godmanchester
12 Post Street, Godmanchester, Huntingdon PE29 2BA
Cintra’s menu serves a range of East Asian dishes. It’s pretty pared down, but what there is is absolutely delicious. Our favorites include the Fusion Feast, Cinta Feast, and Lobster Feast.
A Google reviewer said, “Superb food with a huge menu to choose from. Some dishes I’ve never seen before on any menu. Busy and reasonably priced restaurant. Polite and friendly staff. Definitely will be back.”
Noodles Plus – Cambridge
24A Mill Road, Petersfield, Cambridge CB1 2AD
Dong Huang and Hui Yan Li opened Noodles Plus in 2015, and it’s become one of the most popular places for Chinese food on Mill Road. You cannot reserve, so be warned that you may have to wait in line! Shanghai dumplings are particularly delicious, and come in many shapes and sizes.
A Google reviewer said, “100% of the best noodles I’ve eaten in Cambridge. The restaurant is very small, only 5 or 6 tables inside, and has a very cozy atmosphere.
“The food is just amazing. The noodles are exceptional. Small bowl but full of flavor. I would recommend getting two bowls – only 6lbs per bowl. Go there if you like noodles, if you don’t, go -y anyway and you’ll be converted”.
The Grain Barge Restaurant – Peterborough
Embankment Road, Peterborough PE1 1YY
This Peterborough restaurant serves a range of traditional Chinese dishes to enjoy while floating down the River Nene. It’s not every day that you enjoy a delicious meal aboard a large grain barge!
A Google reviewer said: “Absolutely perfect, pleasant (if not a little rustic) surroundings. Eight of us opted for the set menu and we couldn’t fault a dish. Crispy where it should be crispy, succulent where it should be tender and fantastic value at £16.50 a head.”
Liutaio Music Cafe – Cambridge
224 Mill Road, Cambridge, CB1 3NF
Liutaio is a restaurant-turned-café merged with a music store based on Mill Road in Cambridge. The restaurant is an east-west amalgamation, a fusion of old and new, where you can listen to great music while enjoying a sumptuous meal.
A Google reviewer said: “My favorite dim sum spot in Cambridge. Excellent choice also for vegans, lovely venue, exquisite teas to accompany your food and a peaceful and relaxing musical atmosphere. Exceptional service. The restaurant also has ‘a shop selling violins, wooden cases and prints, and other very interesting objects’.
Traditional Zhonghua Snacks – Cambridge
13 Norfolk Street, Cambridge CB1 2LD
If you love authentic Chinese food and handmade dumplings, then Zhonghua Traditional Snacks is the place for you. The sheer variety of dumplings may briefly overwhelm newcomers, but rest assured you can’t make a wrong decision as each is delicious.
A reviewer from Google said: “A really strong institution of Chinese cuisine. They had so many basic Chinese cold vegetable dishes such as dou fu si and seaweed among so many others which really gave me a deep sense of happiness and nostalgia; I have a lot of respect for them for doing the simple classics well. The dumplings were also well done (with a wide variety of choices) and the noodles were very respectable”.
China Rose – Wisbech
106 Elm High Road PE14 0DH, Wisbech
China Rose is as down-to-earth as it gets on this list. It’s the quintessential Chinese takeaway, serving up Cantonese dishes adapted to British tastes, all done incredibly well.
A Google reviewer said: “Went here at NYE in 2021, and the place was packed. Despite the queue at the door and frequent delivery calls, they had high quality food ready in 30 minutes The food was one of the best Chinese take-out I’ve had, with more than enough portions for one person.”
Yim Wah Express – Cambridge
2-4 Lensfield Road, Cambridge CB2 1EG
The name “Yim Wah”, which in Chinese means “Beautiful China”, has become one of the must-visit restaurants in downtown Cambridge. They have been a professional and stylish team since 1996, originally based in Caxton Gibbet. Their long-standing signature dishes such as Cantonese Roast Duck, Crispy Pork Belly, Salt Fish with Chicken and Eggplant in Clay Pots continue to win restaurant custom.
A Google reviewer said: “Yim Wah is located on the corner of two of Cambridge’s busiest roads, but the interior is an environment of tranquility and smiling staff. We enjoyed the fried soft shell crab with leftovers tasty, the capital ribs which were sticky and sweet but not too much, the wonderful thai rice with prawns and beef, and both meats on rice (we chose the duck and the chicken, but you can also choose the char sui)”.
Shanghai Garden – Peterborough
579-581 Lincoln Road, Peterborough PE1 2PB
Shanghai Garden is a huge place, with an a la carte menu, buffet, and lunch deals. It offers all the British Chinese comfort food, but also a host of authentic dishes from different parts of China.
A reviewer from Google said: “We have just been to Shanghai Garden, absolutely the best Chinese food we have ever had, so fresh and tasty. The waitresses were lovely too. This restaurant is always full on weekends, we So recommend going weekdays. We were on a Thursday and received excellent service. Definitely recommend.”