We are delighted to be able to report that GIGI GAO’S FAVOURITE AUTHENTIC CHINESE attained a Food Hygiene Rating of FIVE.



Let us tell you a little about the new premises: The restaurant premises consist of:

Ground Floor – Bar and Restaurant

Here we will serve, drinks only (at the bar), plus a full restaurant for up to 80 persons (can be scaled up) offering the msg free dishes currently served at The Favourite, Brynymor Road. Our regular customers will love the new plans we have to make the restaurant much more authentic Chinese… in addition this will be a great lunchtime venue for local office staff who can eat at the bar or at one of our many tables for a fast turn around, before getting back to the office.

First Floor – HotPot & BBQ Restaurant

With 48 Hotpot Stations built into the tables and 14 BBQ Pits built into the same tables, no other restaurant can compete with this unique setting at which to enjoy the best Chinese Hotpots and BBQs. These are a firm favourite of the Chinese community, and can best be described as Chinese Fondues.

First Floor – Fine Dining Restaurant

The other half of the first floor sees a second restaurant area with stunningly enviable views. Here, also under the guidance and management of Gigi Gao, the menu has been re-vamped to remove all msg and to elevate the level of dining experience in line with Chinese fine dining experienced on mainland China. This cuisine will be predominantly Huai, but we are looking to create fusion dishes too…

Second Floor – Function Rooms x 4

Four function rooms available for private use. Three rooms hosting approx 6 – 10 persons and the fourth room suitable for 30-40 persons. Each of the rooms is fitted with professional Mah Jong tables and professional karaoke equipment. These rooms can be converted to Business meeting rooms and have TV screens and the large room houses an overhead digital projector.

Here are just some of the benefits that you, our valued customers, can expect when we get settled into our new premises:


We will have sufficient space for wheelchairs and prams/pushchairs, especially at lunchtime, and we have available wheel chair access.


We can offer Business Lunches, fast turnaround lunchtime dishes and/or private function rooms/areas for private dining.


We will no longer have to turn away ‘takeaway orders’ (which we have had to do on some Friday and Saturday nights due to having a full restaurant and such small kitchen facilities)

You will be able to order Chinese Take Away Meals from The Favourite through a new FREE Online Ordering Service via this website.

In time we are seeking to introduce our own unique Takeaway Delivery Service within a restricted radius of the restaurant.

Room Hire and Events

You will be able to hire the entire ground floor or second floor or one of our function rooms for any special occasions

Catering for weddings a bespoke Chinese Wedding Planning Service will be offered should you wish to have a truly memorable wedding with a difference

We will be arranging unique cultural and cuisine events throughout the year

Karaoke/Mah Jong Rooms are available for hire on a daily basis (minimum 1 hour hire)…but can be converted for business meeting use.

Dinners and Diners

No more turning customers away – over the past 6 months we regularly have to turn up to 30 people per night away due to the restaurant being so fully booked

Draughty Doors, Wooden Benches, and restricted Kitchen Facilities

Sitting next to a draughty door will be a thing of the past. As will sitting directly outside the kitchen. Uncomfortable wooden benches with cushions will also go and there will be a greater element of comfort, including a lounge bar area, for those who just want to drink.

The kitchen will accommodate up to 6 chefs (although we don’t need that many) but it allows for us to offer a greater variety of Chinese cuisine.