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New buffet restaurant takes diners on a culinary trip across the Orient


A taste of the Orient has created 15 jobs at a new restaurant in Wrexham.

The fast-growing Real China chain has invested £500,000 in opening the eatery at the Eagles Meadow shopping centre.

The buffet-style restaurant  is offering a mouth-watering selection of Asian delicacies alongside traditional Chinese dishes in a specialist food area.

It is the 24th restaurant in the nationwide Real China chain and the first to be based in North Wales.

Real China’s deputy managing director, Chen Zhang, said: “We are delighted to open this new buffet restaurant and its launch marks the culmination of a three-year project to have a presence in North Wales.

“We prefer to be in large leisure or shopping centres and we believe Eagles Meadow is therefore the perfect location for us.

“We have created Real China in Wrexham from what was a basic shell and have spent nearly half a million pounds on décor and equipment.

“Our aim was to create a high quality restaurant with an authentic yet modern Chinese look and to do that we had many of the fittings brought in specially from China.

“We are sure that people in Wrexham will appreciate the appearance and atmosphere we have created – and also very much enjoy the wide range of food we have.

“We have a selection of 40-60 dishes available at lunchtime and 60-80 at dinner, so we think we are offering a fantastic choice.

“Prices range from £5.95 per person on Monday-Friday lunchtime to £12.95 for dinner on Friday and Saturday, including a starter, main course and dessert.”

Chen Zhang, 43, added: “We did lots of market research before opening at Eagles Meadow which was all very positive, so we are confident the restaurant will be a success.

“We have created 15 full-time jobs at the new restaurant but we might eventually increase the staff to 20 depending on customer demand.”

After being welcomed to the restaurant via a large and stylish reception area, customers can order drinks at the bar and then select a starter from a cold area with salads, or an adjacent hot area with everything from soups to spare ribs.

They can then head for the main course area, which offers dishes ranging from sweet and sour chicken to mussels in black bean sauce.

A special food area at the rear of the restaurant has a wide selection of dishes both from China and other oriental countries, so there are curries from India, Thailand and Malaysia.

Next to this area is a Japanese sushi area serving ultra-fresh fish dishes and juicy-looking squid.

Finally, the dessert area features everything from fresh fruit to an  appetising range of puddings and cakes.

Chen Zhang explained: “As can be seen from our special food area, the restaurant focuses on Chinese cuisine but not exclusively so. We also have a wide range of dishes from right across the Orient to tempt our customers.”

Eagles Meadow centre manager Kevin Critchley said: “We particularly wanted them at Eagles Meadow because of their reputation for providing a high level of fittings, food quality and customer service.

“The new restaurant has been created from a basic shell and is certainly very impressive – we are expecting great things from it.

“When I was there on its recent first night I spoke to a group of three young ladies who were dining. They told me they didn’t know the restaurant was there but just followed the delicious smell of food to the door of Real China. You can’t have a better recommendation that that.”             

One of the UK's top lifestyle fashion brands is creating 10 new jobs in Wrexham.

The growing Animal chain is planning to open their new store at the Eagles Meadow shopping centre in time for the May Day Bank Holiday.

The news has delighted centre bosses and local AM Lesley Griffiths who heard about their impending arrival during a visit to Eagles Meadow.

Animal was founded in Cornwall 25 years ago and now has 45 outlets across the UK.

They opened five new stores last year and the Wrexham branch will be their first of 2012.

It's a lifestyle brand that specialises in fashion and sportswear for surfing, skating, BMX and water sports.

Animal spokesman Chris Crook explained: "Animal was conceived in 1987 by two surfers who were really fed up with losing their watches in the water due to the straps breaking under extreme conditions.

"They came up with a solution in the form of webbing and a velcro strap that seemed to put an end to their problems.

"They originally set up production in a back bedroom at one of their mother's homes - and the rest is history.

"Animal's range has now grown to include freesports-inspired clothing, watches, wetsuits, technical outwear, eyewear, footwear, luggage and accessories.

"This is our first store for 2012 but we opened five stores last year so the brand is going from strength to strength

"We chose to come to Eagles Meadow after looking at the excellent footfall figures, it seems like a busy place and the centre itself is really impressive.

"We’re hoping to open for the May Bank Holiday and we're recruiting 10 members of staff including a Manager and an Assistant Manager.

"We’re really excited about coming to Wrexham, we can’t wait to get the store opened."

It was music to the ears of Wrexham AM Lesley Griffiths who said: "It’s great news that there’s another new business coming to Eagles Meadow followed, I believe, by several others in the near future.

"The more shops you have, the more attractive the town becomes as a destination for shoppers and Wrexham now has a huge variety of shops for people to choose from.

"I meet people all the time who come from right across North Wales and from Shropshire and even from Mid Wales because Wrexham is such a great place to shop

"The impending arrival of Animal just serves to emphasise Wrexham's credentials as the shopping capital of North Wales."

Eagles Meadow Manager Kevin Critchley revealed he was expecting another three business to open soon.

He said: "We had seven new tenants last year and I’m still very hopeful that we’ll actually be 100 per cent full by next Christmas.

"Eagles Meadow has combined with the rest of the town centre to create a retail powerhouse to rival anywhere other than the larger cities.

"It's the perfect partnership and Wrexham how has a fantastic offer for shoppers, with a host of high street favourites and a terrific array of independent stores."