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Thai, Malaysian as well as Chinese - the local "Onionring" restaurant website gives it really good reviews
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Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Chinese, Asian
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 4 days ago

This was our second visit whilst on holiday and the food was lovely and all the staff friendly and pleasant

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed 1 week ago

I had heard about this place but never been before last week, had a brilliant meal, the place was nice and clean and the staff lovely. Would def go again. Thank you Slow Boat

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The food is lovely, no doubt at all. But we had a bad experience with undercooked chicken and I ended up in A&E. Whilst I cannot 100% be sure it was the take away that was to blame, as a doctor I think it is...the most likely explanation.More

Date of visit: March 2021
Reviewed 17 February 2021

This is one of our 'go to' places for a can't be bothered to cook night and fancy chinese. As usual the food was amazing - you just can't beat the price of the buffet. We normally opt for a few trays of starters and...then duck, skip the mains (I'm not a lover of them to be honest) and then onto pudding Even with not having the mains the price is still reasonableMore

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed 17 January 2021

Ordered a banquet for £40 to be delivered and I’ve never have such overdone food like this ever. The mains were lovely but all the starters and chips were extremely overcooked/reheated. You need a chainsaw to get through It. The slowboat huge letdown!!!

Date of visit: January 2021
Reviewed 31 December 2020

Totally disappointed!!!! Placed an order for 7pm tonight, New Year's Eve, and still not delivered at 8:10pm!!!!can't get an answer on the phone...not even the courtesy to say running late? Can't deliver??! No apology for really messing up New Year...as if this year hadn't been...bad enough....been a customer for many many years....won't be in 2021!!!!More

Date of visit: December 2020
Reviewed 21 November 2020

Just had our Saturday night takeaway from the Slow boat , it was so delicious. We had the duck , beef chilli curry , noodle , salt & pepper chips and a Malaysian curry and everything was amazing. Would definitely recommend, we ordered through deliveroo...and delivery was quick and the girl was nice and polite. Can’t wait for a sit down meal after lock down.More

Date of visit: November 2020
nick t, Owner at Slow Boat, responded to this reviewResponded 7 January 2021

Thank you so much for sharing that we are delighted you enjoyed it and look forward to opening again so you can get that sit down meal, fingers crossed its not to long

Reviewed 25 October 2020 via mobile

We ordered steamed shoumei, spring rolls, prawn toast, crispy duck and sweet and sour chicken with noodles. At £28 after the 20% discount this was still very expensive especially given much of the food was inedible. The shoumei which I've had a lot of over...the years was the worst I've ever had. The filling was not the usual fragrant minced pork and prawn but instead was little chunks of barely flavoured meat that were the kind of chewy which made me suspect it might raw. I couldn't chew the meat, it was too tough and I had to just swallow it whole, yak! They came with no sauce or flavoured vinegar which for £5 was not good. I only ate 1 of the 5 balls and spat the 2nd one out as i was not enjoying the texture and flavour and feared a stomach upset. I didn't even give them the dog, they worried me that much. The prawn toast was the weirdest and worst I've ever had the displeasure of tasting. Apart from the inordinately thick prawn layer the meat tasted off. My husband, who doesn't like pork, said he could taste maybe pork sausage in the prawn which I could understand, I thought it tasted like the smell of sweaty off bacon, it was a horrible flavour. The filling was pressed down onto the bread leaving just a thin oily layer of toast instead of a crunchy compliment for the meat, while the filling was about an inch thick above it so the toast part was ruined. Again I couldn't eat this after the first bite and didn't want to give it the dog either. It was all wrong. The sweet and sour chicken (battered bite size chunks) was the first thing I tasted. I was expecting the traditional gloopy MSG sauce but not the chewy chunks of chicken and sweaty pineapple in it. As a chef I was taught to cut meat chunks the same size as they'll all cook evenly, that was not the case here. The chicken was all different sizes and most of it did not taste fresh. I had to spit this out too in the end as it was hard work to eat. The pineapple chunks in the sauce were off, no doubt about that at all, I'm a chef and have thrown loads of stale food away. The whole dish tasted off so I had to leave this too. My husband's duck was not too bad, boneless and crispy, not fresh tasting but not inedible, yay! The spring rolls tasted fresh and we're flavoursome so I ate those, yay again! The noodles were ok. There was the hint of staleness from the beansprouts but I was hungry and needed food so took the risk and ate them anyway - if I was going to be ill the dumplings already did it. I would never eat here again and wish I had been able to take the leftovers back to complain but our plans meant I couldn't. This was by far the worst Chinese food I've ever had, well done The Slow boat.More

Date of visit: October 2020
nickt3238, Owner at Slow Boat, responded to this reviewResponded 8 November 2020

I think this review is just rude if i am honest, as a Professional chef you said the only thing that tasted fresh was the spring rolls... well they along with the Shaomei are bought in frozen so i wonder if you need to retrain....More

Reviewed 20 October 2020

This restaurant is well situated in the hart of the city with ease of access along level streets and with only a few stairs up to the restaurant,well placed tables with our present condition worth a visit.

Date of visit: October 2020
nickt3238, Owner at Slow Boat, responded to this reviewResponded 8 November 2020

Thank you so much

Reviewed 4 October 2020 via mobile

Visited the Slow boat yesterday evening with my family for the full belly weekend banquet. Well, we certainly left with a full belly. Delicious food and very attentive waiting staff. Generous portions, especially the crispy aromatic duck. All Covid precautions were well observed and all...tables were nicely distanced. Would definitely recommend to anyone and would visit more often if I didn't live over 200 miles away.More

Date of visit: October 2020
nickt3238, Owner at Slow Boat, responded to this reviewResponded 8 November 2020

Thank you so much , hopefully you visit chester again and come to see us here at slowboat, we look forwards to it

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3 October 2020|
Response from nickt3238 | Property representative |
Yes we are, Fri & sat 5pm - last orders for banquet 8pm as to allow enough time to finish the banquet before 10 pm closure. £22.50per person £16.50 children under 16 yrs Sunday 1pm-8pm £16.50 per person £12.50 children... More
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Slow Boat is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4