Restaurant Review: China Bistro, Shivaji Park, Offers Great Pan-Asian Comfort Food… And Then Some More!

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Gone are the days when all Shivaji Park, Dadar was known for was the insanely good Maharashtrian fare dished out by the many restaurants that dot his leafy lung located slap bang in the middle of the city. As I had mentioned in an earlier post on Food Bytes, there has been a sudden explosion of varied places setting up shop here, offering a wide spectrum of cuisines to choose from, over the last one year or so. And now, I have one more reason to celebrate the area that I live in!

China Bistro 1After making recent forays into Thane and Worli—with their very affordable and perfectly delectable Pan-Asian fare—the guys at China Bistro have now set their sights literally next door to my home with this their latest offering. Done up in soothing shades of off-white and jade green with dramatic bursts of orange, the restaurant is divided up into two zones. The outdoor foyer area with its potted plants, Chinese paper lanterns and a set of formidable-looking Xi’an terracotta warrior replicas standing guard is a great place to lounge about and enjoy these fleeting days of coolness. The inner sanctum is more intimate and classy with comfortable chesterfield upholstered booths along with a neat 20-seater private dining room and a well-stocked bar.

127We started off our late Sunday lunch with a selection of dimsum like the superb Prawn Crystal Dumplings, bowls of fragrant Chicken Lemon-Coriander Soup and the OK-ish Corn and Cheese dumplings that were as authentically Chinese as the fake terracotta warriors stationed outside! These were followed up by a vegetarian Crispy Almond Roll that although seemed like a dessert on the menu, was a savoury burst of crunchy goodness. We ended our starter innings with a round of scrumptious Mandarin Mojitos and so-so, blandish Bloody Marys that needed a bit more Schichuan Pepper loving.

126Mains were a veritable smorgasbord of Pan-Asian yumminess like the criminally encore-worthy Kowloon Pot Chicken, a huge portion of Sliced Fish Teriyaki, passable Mongolian Style Prawns and Lamb in Black Pepper Sauce, all perfectly paired with fluffy Egg Fried rice and Butter Garlic Fried Chicken Noodles that were way too greasy to make the muster. Even our server agreed that the chef seemed to be on a butter splurge that afternoon. Its (free) replacement of Hunan Style Chicken Aromatic Noodles was a knockout of a discovery and a great example of how serendipity works in mysterious ways.

China BistroWith nothing more than the done-to-death Honey Fried Noodles with Vanilla Ice Cream kind of specimens passing off as desserts on the menu, we decided to skip the sad lot and trudged off towards the nearest ice cream parlour for our sweet fix, wishing all the while that our meal at China Bistro would have ended on a sweeter note. But not before assurances from the very apologetic manager that the next time we visited the place, the desserts would stun us silent! We just hope he’s proven right on that count…

WHERE? Vidya Bhavan, Near Sena Bhavan, Shivaji Park, Dadar. Call, 022 24446405
HOW MUCH? Rs 1,250 for two without alcohol.
WHEN? 12pm to 11.30pm
WHAT’S HOT? The wholesome, flavourful food minus any pretentious frills and flounces and the very friendly, helpful wait staff.
WHAT’S NOT? The woefully inadequate selection of boring desserts.
SHOULD YOU GO THERE? Hell yes!

Disclaimer: This review was done anonymously.
Pics courtesy: Raul Dias

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Lists travel, food and luxury as the tantalizing trifecta that defines him. When he’s not travelling, eating or getting pampered at a spa, you'll find him assaulting his notebook's keyboard with a feral vengeance, churning out what he hopes are intelligent, informative and entertaining stories.
  • Shivanand Gaitonde

    This Restaurent has a Fixed Menu option. However any left-overs are not allowed to be taken-away. This gives an impression that it is either wasted or reserved to other patrons.

    The Restaurent needs to clarify what they do with the Left-Overs !!!!!