You’ll always find some of Dublin city’s cheapest food around the Parnell, Moore, and Capel Street areas. Over the years, this part of the north city centre has witnessed an explosion in some great Chinese, Korean, and other East Asian restaurants.
Being skint like everybody, we headed there the other day in search of a special offer lunch. A lot of places had good deals on, and we settled on a restaurant full of Chinese people – usually but not always a good sign – at 120 Capel Street, the name of which was displayed only in Chinese writing (Inside, the menu informed us that it’s called Chuan Chinese Restaurant).
They had a good set lunch offer: starter, main, and a drink for €9.90. I opted for the Spring Rolls to start; nothing special and quite instantly forgettable. John chose the Chicken and Sweetcorn Soup, which was perfectly fine if a little bit unusually spicy.
The mains – Sizzling Prawns with Ginger and Spring Onion and Beef with Chilli and Coriander – were much better. They both came on big plates, with large sides of rice, and plenty of meat, vegetables, and sauce. Both mains had good strong flavours and were good value for what we were paying.
I thought the service was very good. After waiting 15 minutes for our mains – ever so slightly more than we expected – the waitress raced over and apologised for the tiny delay. Even though we hadn’t complained. She gave us each a can of Coke by way of apology.
All in all, it’s more or less like what you’d get in a standard Chinese takeaway, only this is cheaper and has table service. The special offer runs until 5pm every day, so you could even check it out for an early dinner.
Friday 3 July, 2009 at 12:55 pm
I ate in Chuan several months ago and thought that it was some of the blandest, gloopiest chinese I’ve had in recent times. The restaurant that had been there before had been much more authentic. (http://stitchandbear.blogspot.com/2009/03/chuan-chinese-restaurant-capel-street.html)
Maybe things have changed since I visited – but to be honest, I’m not in any hurry back.
Friday 3 July, 2009 at 8:40 pm
It’s M and L on Cathedral St that you want to be visiting.
Saturday 4 July, 2009 at 9:04 pm
Try the Jade Chinese restaurant, just off Capel st, their kung po is lovely & so are their special dishes. They have a bridgestone award. Eat here all the time & definitely recommend it.
Thursday 11 November, 2010 at 1:13 pm
I have been eating in this place about 3 years now. I have tried loads of other chinese restaurant’s around the city from cheap to expensive but this place always draws me back . The food is fantastic, the staff are very friendly and the price is right. Its not that i go out ever weekend here but you will be very happy with food and customer service 🙂
Tuesday 11 January, 2011 at 11:50 am
Chuan is a great place for hotpot, sea bass, crab. It very popular with Chinese people which is a good sign.