As Jack Buchanan used to sing ‘Everything stops for tea’, and this Buchanan suggests that the place to stop is definitely The Tea House at Larbert Cross.
However, it seemed that everyone else had heard about this fantastic Chinese restaurant already as the place was bustling ... on a Monday evening.
The two younger members of the Buchanan family are regular diners, but somehow I had never got round to popping in. I’d visited the well-known building in many of its previous guises but never in its new billing as a modern Chinese restaurant.
How wrong I was. The Tea House is now definitely on my list of places to visit again ... and again.
The interior is subtle and welcoming and despite it’s popularity, Gregor and I were seated quickly. There’s a selection of tables and booths with the whole restaurant having a very pleasant ambience. An offer of jasmine tea is a lovely touch ... well it is The Tea House ... as we perused the menu. A bowl of warm prawn crackers were also brought to the table.
The restaurant menu is extensive, but as the pre-theatre was on offer at a very reasonable two courses for £13.90 or three for £15.90, we plumped for that.
However, there are still so many choices I was struggling to decide.
My dining companion appeared to be more of a creature of habit, settling for the crispy pancake rolls, which were packed with char sui, carrot, Chinese mushroom and bamboo shoots, all delicately wrapped in filo pastry.
I eventually chose the aromatic Asian duck salad and was delighted with my selection which had the shredded meat on a bed of leaves and sprinkled with coriander, pomegranate seeds and crushed peanuts.
Gregor settled for his usual chicken curry with the theory that if you like something, why have anything else.
After lots of deliberation I finally went for the shredded crispy chicken, although it was a close call between it and the Thai sensation chicken which also sounded delicious.
Everything is freshly prepared but it wasn’t long before our mains were being brought to the table, along with a generous portion of fried rice.
Conversation ceased as we both tucked in and the clean plates were testament to how good this food is.
And with the variety of choices on offer, you could come again and again, but still be trying something new.
However, my dishes were so tasty I think I want to eat them all over again.