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 Â£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 Chinaâ€™s deputy managing director, Chen Zhang, said: â€œWe 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.
â€œWe prefer to be in large leisure or shopping centres and we believe Eagles Meadow is therefore the perfect location for us.
â€œWe have created Real China in Wrexham from what was a basic shell and have spent nearly half a million pounds on dÃ©cor and equipment.
â€œOur 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.
â€œWe are sure that people in Wrexham will appreciate the appearance and atmosphere we have created â€“ and also very much enjoy the wide range of food we have.
â€œWe have a selection of 40-60 dishes available at lunchtime and 60-80 at dinner, so we think we are offering a fantastic choice.
â€œPrices range from Â£5.95 per person on Monday-Friday lunchtime to Â£12.95 for dinner on Friday and Saturday, including a starter, main course and dessert.â€
Chen Zhang, 43, added: â€œWe 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.
â€œWe have created 15 full-time jobs at the new restaurant but we might eventually increase the staff to 20 depending on customer demand.â€
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: â€œAs 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.â€
Eagles Meadow centre manager Kevin Critchley said: â€œWe particularly wanted them at Eagles Meadow because of their reputation for providing a high level of fittings, food quality and customer service.
â€œThe new restaurant has been created from a basic shell and is certainly very impressive â€“ we are expecting great things from it.
â€œWhen I was there on its recent first night I spoke to a group of three young ladies who were dining. They told me they didnâ€™t know the restaurant was there but just followed the delicious smell of food to the door of Real China. You canâ€™t have a better recommendation that that.â€