Wednesday to Monday
Dinner - 6.00pm – 10.00pm
- Disabled Access
- Free WiFi
- Families and Children Welcome
Offering a deliciously different dining concept, Cen serves up an exciting menu of fresh, contemporary Asian cuisine created by one of the UK's most talented up-and-coming chefs, Larkin Cen, 2013 finalist of BBC's MasterChef UK.
From delicious fluffy steamed bao buns filled with hoi sin duck or pork belly; to succulent sharing platters of Peking duck and Korean fried chicken, savour this sociable dining experience bursting with authentic pan-Asian flavours.
We been coming for the past 4 years and after yesterday afternoon will not be returning.
We didn’t have a bad experience, however it just seemed to lack on overall atmosphere. It was almost as if the staff were not quite sure what they were supposed to be doing. And there didn’t seem to be much food considering how much we paid. Especially not in comparison to other afternoon teas we’ve had at the resort. The Willie Wonka I would just like to say was fantastic, really got into his character and did not stop the whole time mingling with all the children.
Willy Wonka and the Umpa Lumpas were outstanding and if it wasn’t for them and their enthusiasm the experience would have been very different. Most of the food was inedible for the little ones as either very rich or strong tasting. Seen as it was aimed at children more appropriate food was needed, not things like smoked salmon, cream cheese, cranberry sauce and even scones to a point. We lost a bit of money here as had to purchase food on the way home. We were also expecting some food tasting or experiments as a group. We were also missing gifts in their goody bags which did upset the little ones as they saw others in the group had more in their gift bags. However, thank you for having us. Mrs Wheten
The Willy Wonka afternoon tea was a fun experience. We booked it as an adult birthday treat (but brought the children along). The vegetarian options were not as inspiring as the non-vegetarian options and included 2 repeats. The savoury food was mainly aimed at an adult palette, e.g. pulled pork, roast turkey,stuffing ahd cranberry sandwich and salmon. Maybe that is just my children though. The sweet treats, however, were what we were all there for and didn’t disappoint. The interaction with Willy Wonka was from our arrival to departure, and had the whole family laughing. We hadn’t expected the presents for the children, that was a great surprise at the end of an hilarious “story time”. Would recommend as an afternoon of fun for a special treat.
Very nice food, drinks could be lower priced.
Having waited almost 30 minutes for a starter than contained only enough for 3 small mouthfuls the main course arrived. We ordered steak and duck. Neither were cooked and were so tough they couldn’t be cut yet alone eaten. We ended up abandoning the meal and moving to another restaurant.
Very disappointed with the fact we were served frozen chips!! At the prices we paid I do not believe this was acceptable. The waitress was excellent as were all the staff.
The food was absolutely stunning. A lovely way to celebrate a birthday
Service atrocious - Really rude young lady who served us was awful Food was just soaked in Soy Sauce/Salt, wife was actually sick back in the room and was dehydrated from the salt. Never Again.
Very cold and when mentioned to staff, saw no change.
I ordered the vegetarian dish of Singapore noodles but was unable to eat this as it was so salty I informed the waitress and waiter when asked how my meal was, both apologised but did not offer an alternative or refund. Service overall was good but went away still hungry. Disappointed
Was let down by slow service
Service was very slow and the staff seemed rude I was disappointed as it was my wife’s 30th
We waited 15 minutes to be asked what we wanted to drink and order. Then 45 minutes for 1 single coke to arrive (just after the starters). Starters where the sweet and sour chicken which was overly dry and tough so didn’t eat that. Main course (rib of beef) was okay but took a hour to arrive. Dessert was the best thing about the evening but over all very disappointing. Won’t be eating there again and will be sticking to Newbridge in future.
Squid was delicious. Staff friendly and efficient. Lovely evening.
Arrived at 7.40 and ordered our meal got wine as ordered, then received our starters followed by our aperitif halfway through our starters. Main course arrived at 9.10 that is 1.5 hours after order given. Ordered steak & chips with Chinese edge it was supposed to be rare! Was delivered medium to well done, sent steak back and requested rare steak as ordered. Some 15 minutes later still no sign of replacement steak. So cancelled order. Ended up with a starter and dozen chips with a bit of chilli sauce this was absolutely appalling and to be honest probably the worst meal I have had in the last 40 years. I would definitely not recommend Celtic Manor for food to anyone. The young ladies tasked with serving this poor standard of food were however very good especially Anais!
Quality of food and drink is always good however service is always slow in bars and restaurants. The service in CEN continues to be particularly slow and issues occur each time we visit. This time they ran out of rice. The girl serving us was also inattentive and somewhat rude. She ignored requests frequently and was more concerned about setting up for breakfast than service guests.
There was a cracked glass on our table, which the waiter didn't even seem concerned about when I pointed it out to him. I was brought a lamb starter, even though I didn't order it, nor do I eat red meat, then had to watch my partner eat hers whilst I waited for mine. My parter, who is vegetarian, ordered Singapore noodles with crispy tofu, but was brought pork instead and had to watch me eat my food as she waited for her food to be cooked again. We ended up eating our meals alone for half of the time we were there. The food was great, but the service was unfortunately below par. Also, the menus at hotel reception were different from the one found at the restaurant. We chose Cen due to our dietary requirments, but our choice was limited even further by this. Had we known the menu was different we would've made other arrangements.
Dirty wine glasses and rushed service with food that didn’t meet our expectation for the price. The setting felt far too formal for the quality of the food.
The food was nice but not the best Chinese food I’d ever had. The sweet and sour chicken was very dry although the sauce was very tasty. The shrimp crackers had a burnt taste I didn’t like. Overal the price was far too high for the food. It was ok but wouldn’t comeback in a hurry.
My son was very ill during the night after we ate at Cen. We are staying at the hotel and have eaten all our meals here so it can only be from this place. An unfortunate and expensive way to become ill.
Food was substandard far less than you'd expect for fine dining
Lovely food and attentive staff. Food arrived really hot and was spaced out enough between courses.
Great restaurant with lovely service