Our second moon festival invitation came last week and was a completely different experience to the Moon festival in the Arcadian the week before.
We started at Chung Ying central on Colmore Row, canapés of delicious Vietnamese pork and prawn rolls and a Shanghai Rose cocktail as well as a chance to mingle with others. We had enjoyed Chung Ying Central on previous evenings and in our opinion this is the flagship restaurant of the Chung Ying dynasty.
This time the Moon Feastival was fund raising for Birmingham Big Art Project and raised a whopping £5000. Hosted by James Wong MD of the Chung Ying chain of restaurants it was a pleasure to be involved in this and nice to know others feel as passionate about Birmingham as we do.
After a group photo of the 80-100 of us in attendance we moved on to Chung Ying Cantonese where James took time to say hello to all of us and thank you for attending as well as telling us a little about the Moon festival and giving us his version of the story of the Princess and the rabbit that run away to the moon.
We have been to Chung Ying Cantonese previously before too, without realising they were both part of the same family business. This is another excellent restaurant and our favorite for pre -theatre dinner if we are heading to to see a show. We had our starters here which included won tons, prawn toast, coconut prawns and ribs all accompanied by a glass of wine.
Our final restaurant of the evening was one we had never been too before Chung Ying Gardens, here we had our main course. A banquet of beef, lamb, fish, noodles, rice and more all accompanied by yet more wine, including a oriental wine selection. So much beautiful food I regretted having too many of the delicious Vietnamese rolls earlier. The banquet finished with moon pie, another first for both of us.
The band was amazing and got everyone up dancing. If you ever have the chance to see The Atlantic Players I highly recommend them, they played Southern Soul and Old School Rhythm & Blues and had everyone up on their feet with a lovely party atmosphere.
The interval from the band was a chance to bid in the auction which had some amazing bids for the likes of a half dozen bottles of champagne. It’s amazing how generous people are when it’s for a great cause and they have had cocktails and wine at every venue on this lovely restaurant crawl. We left as the auction had just got going and were thrilled to receive a text on our way home to inform us we had won a table full of booze. Everyone had had a chance to view the table and to have a guess at the value. What a fantastic end to a wonderful evening.