Chinese Restaurants pop up everywhere nowadays; maybe it is because they have the most turnover, or maybe it is just the Chindian food that we Mumbaikars love so much. But then, there are a few restaurants according to us like Ling’s Pavilion, Sernyaa and the recently opened China Pavilion in D.N Nagar, Andheri (West) that make their diners enjoy the meal and take in the surroundings. This place also has a wicked lunch buffet at 299 where they give you an option of 1 Soup, 2 Starters, 3 Mains, a Rice and a plate of Noodle each (Yes I know what you are thinking, F*ck loads of food, Great prices.) These rates are so exciting that the Chef’s father has been eager to try this place ever since it started!!! Since we were called for a nice dinner by a young entrepreneur who handles the PR for this restaurant, we will check out this buffet another day, but for now this was our experience.
I first heard of China Pavilion when Rashmi Uday Singh reviewed it, like my father mentioned earlier was awestruck on hearing the buffet prices which are only only at 299 like father like son some may say :p. We were invited by the ever smiling Heeta Parikh, who is the owner of Silver Spoon Brands Solutions, that takes care of China Pavilion’s PR. This restaurant is like a not-so hidden gem, it is in the by lanes of D.N Nagar and can easily be missed. On entering the place you will see that it is quite huge, with tables for big families as well as small tables for two. We met Heeta, and she got the party started. Now why I say she got the party started is because she had told the chef of our arrival, and they had prepped small portions for us in the starters.
The Seafood here was as fresh could be, the Hakka fish was both crisp on the outside as well as soft inside. Loads of garlic that it was tossed in really merged with the fish and complimented it. The Garlic Chili Prawn was succulent, the sauce it was tossed in wasn’t over powering the main taste of the prawns and this was really a great dish. The Coconut and Ginger soup must be given a special mention because it was both innovative and tasty as hell !!! The Funsi THONG was a clear soup (Great stock) with lettuce, carrots and chicken pieces, Crab and Asparagus was simple, yet a flavourful soup with white Asparagus being used. The winner has to be the Chicken Satay, BEST OF THE LOT!! Piece of leg chicken on a stick, with a strong and thick Thai marinade mixed with the peanut sauce which completely coated the chicken. MiM (Melt in Mouth) scenes, they also put onions and green capsicum slivers which added to the texture of the dish.It was great.
Must say this, that the starters here are really different and most of them are old favourites brought back. They tasted great and we couldn’t wait for mains. We realised that we were too full so just called for the regular main course items. The standout dish was their Singaporean Noodles, that had a hint of turmeric in it, that gave it a nice yellow tinge, and the vegetables were also nice and crisp. The appetizers left such a great taste in our mouths that the mains were just feeling very blah, no offense to any of the chefs here, but the starters were just too f*cking good !!!!! We must say, even though they gave us smaller portions, we looked around and saw that their portion sizes are pretty big !!!
The corn cream seemed like an interesting idea and along with other Paneer based starters which were good, the paneer starters heavily depended on sauces, to go down well. I needed them for most of them to not taste bland. Moving on to the main course which wasn’t much in front of the starters I still liked how it tasted. It was tasty if nothing else. On asking the staff, if they added MSG to the food, I was told that they don’t. Which is good news. This is that kind of Chinese that tastes great even on the next day! 😉
For dessert, we asked for the chocolate mousse, but when served we realized it was a little different from the regular mousse. They had either added some sort of flavor enhancing, or the chocolate chips has a particular taste, which we couldn’t put our finger on. I guess next time we’ll try something different 🙂
(The Bombay Foodies did not pay for this meal, the staff and chef knew of us coming here for our meal)