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The Red Panda is a recent addition to Belfast's fine Chinese restaurants and is a growing popularity. Come early and don't forget to book! The restaurant is large and well decorated with legions of industrial staff. Starters start with Sui Mai, the most famous Chinese dumpling and go right up to something more exotic, such as a crab and shark's fin soup. Servings are generous. The list of main dishes is extensive and includes mouth-watering seafood from the Schezuan region of China. The restaurant is fully licensed and you can also order Chinese beer or Chinese tea with your meal. The Lai Chi portions for dessert are generous.
Despite the utilitarian decor, this is a restaurant with a friendly ambiance. Popular with the local Chinese community, the dishes are prepared according to traditional recipes and are not watered down to suit Western palates. Authenticity in Chinese cooking means variety, and dishes are composed here on the basis of some unexpected food combination. The Hot 'n' Sour Soup is particularly recommended—a warm and flavorful bowl of just about everything, including melt-in-the-mouth Bean Curd. And the Spicy Squid Starter will blow your head off.
Attentive service and well-prepared Chinese cuisine is to be found here in the salubrious Victorian village area of Stranmillis. Welcome specializes in tasty south Chinese dishes. You can leave the hard work up to them and opt for a set meal from their extensive range, or choose from the abundance of their à la carte menu: this restaurant serves a choice of 34 main Chinese dishes alone! If you have a particular dish in mind, it's probably here. Delicious and quite reasonable, it's no surprise that Welcome has been awarded Belfast's best restaurant and carry-out three years in a row.