China House, as the name suggests is a Chinese Restaurant (no points for guess that on a Food and Travel blog!). Located inside, Galleria in Hiranandani, Powai, China House shares space with a couple of Kebab joints and the Bengali street food place, Hangla’s.
China House is a pretty small restaurant, it ends a few paces from where it starts and seems a bit cramped up with the tables and chairs placed close to each other. But it has unusually high ceilings dotted with Chinese artifacts. The entire setting of the restaurant makes one really feel like one is at a Restaurant in China except for the Indian waiters and the fact that there are tables and chairs!
Anyways, whilst admiring the place, we ordered for Dumplings which is pretty much like Wanton. The Chicken Dumplings were yummy and made for a perfect light starter (even though the covering was made of Maida) for our main course which was the Mustard Chilly Prawns Sizzler. Emboldened by the delicious starter, decided to try the Sizzler. My friend suggested the Mustard Chilly as she likes Mustard. Hump! me not so much but went for it hoping the mustard wouldn’t overpower the taste buds. Thankfully, I was right or should I say the chef got it right. The quantity wasn’t much but the summers have seriously sapped away our appetites, so we didn’t have a complain on the quantity front. The quality was good too. The Prawns were big and yummy and so was the rice and noodle combination with the big french fries!
China House is indeed a good place to have dinner. If you are in Powai and in the mood for some Chinese, do give China House a thought. It is definitely cheaper than Yoko Sizzlers which is also located in Galleria.
Price: 3.5/5 (Rs.300 for the Sizzler and Rs.135 for the Dumplings)
Wanton House is this, surprisingly, little known place opposite Spice Tree in Bandra. A Chinese outlet, Wanton House is similar in ambiance to Dynasty in Santacruz though the former is bit more cramped up especially for big people (like your’s truly).
Went for dinner with Rock Chic and since we were both hungry, we set aside our dieting goals to gorge on some Chinese goodness. First up we ordered for Wantons (now don’t be surprised at the choice!) and Chicken Shanghai Fried Rice. The Wantons were deep fried but were quite different from what I thought are Wantons. The filling is too small even as the number of Wantons is quite good (about 10). This was followed by the crunchy Shanghai Fried Rice which could easily suffice 3 people. The quantity is extremely good at Wanton House, though the pricing is about double that of Jimmy’s Kitchen. At Rs.160 for the rice, it wasn’t the best made Chinese food, far from it! The schzewan was a little over the top, negating any other flavours in the meal. I would have expected better for Rs.160!
A cramped up place, Wanton House is quite good for a cosy meal with the advantage of free WIFI. Though I would rate it 3/5 for food, the service was good, a smiling waiter/waitress will always get bonus points (double points for a waitress!) from me!
Yummies is a small takeaway outlet located close to Rizvi College and is a favourite hangout of the college kids and passers-by. Mainly a Chinese eatery, it serves both veg and non-veg. I have been here a few times and tried out a couple of puffs, croissants and rice. Their rice items come in either half or full plate. The full rice plate is enough to satiate 2 gargantum tummies (tummies, yummies get it?) like mine. Though if one is only looking to eat something irrespective of the taste and other things, yummies is a good choice for its cheap takeaways. This is not the say the food is not good. But it is far more simpler and lacks the complex mixture of ingredients found elsewhere.
In my opinion, the rice/noodle items are one of the better ones here. One can try the items kept in the shelf but the problem with such food is that it stays in the shelf for a considerable duration. There isn’t anything else that I would prefer here if I was hungry except for the rice (Since I am not a big noodles fan).
Address: 36 A Rajan Apts, Nr Rizvi Complex, Off Carter Rd, Bandra West, Mumbai – 400050
Ph: +(91)-9833908045 | +(91)-(22)-26002467, 26040040
(The do home delivery in Bandra)
‘Grub’ amongst many things, literally means ‘food‘ or to ‘supply with food‘. This nifty little outlet at St John Baptish Road which leads to the Mount Mary Church is very popular with our office folks. And why not? Low on price, high on quantity and insane on the oil quantity in the food (no seriously!), this place attracts many! Looking for a quick bite? Wanting a heavy meal? Need to mix and match Chinese with Mughlai without burning a hole in your pocket? Come to Grub Corner! (Now that did sound like a PR person talking!, I should be getting paid for this now!)
Grub corner serves a lot more than its size portrays otherwise. It’s the current favourite of a friend who was bored with Chinese at Jim-me’s Kitchen and the croissants at Cheron Caterers. Grub does offer a bit of both with dishes like Chicken Fried Rice and Chicken Noodles Fried or Chicken Schzewan Fried Rice. If that is not enough then one can gorge on chicken lollipops, Chicken Liver (my favourite), Mutton Cutlets and Mutton Balls (another favourite). In just under INR 100 pretty much anyone can satisfy their hunger and that I think is their USP. While the food quality may not comparable to places which charge double or triple the rates, it is still justifiable for its price and is not a bad choice either!
Most of the rice items can be had for under INR 70 while the starters like Lollipops and mutton cutlets are for INR 20 or less!
Will update later with more info on the prices and a few pics as well!
Got an opportunity to try out a new place with friends over the Diwali weekend and so here I was at Sheetal Bukhara which is located in the same building as H20 club. From the ambiance its quite evident that this place is expensive (and it is!). It has a chilled out feeling to it, as if saying that you can spend all the time you want to here! Order a couple of drinks and spend the rest of the afternoon with your friends gorging on the many starters available here!
Anyways, we ordered a few starters ourselves along with a few non-alcoholic drinks. I had a Kash ma Kash while the rest drank Shahi Samundra, Coca Cola and Masala Chaas. I must say the drinks were wonderful especially the Chaas and so was the Kash ma Kash. Infact, I think they make awesome Chaas, even though it is a bit pricy it is still worth having! Complimenting the drink were the starters which included the Murgh Hariyali Kebab and Paneer Seekh Kebab and some Masala Papad. I cannot comment much on the Seekh Kebab as I didn’t get to have much of it and besides Seekh Kebabs aren’t my specialty either! The starters were good with the Chicken Hariyali Kebab as green as it gets! The chicken was well cooked and wasn’t spicy or bland but just about right!
Next up is the main course which consisted of Veg Bukhara Biryani and Murg Bukkhara Masala. The chicken dish was much like Chicken Kolhapuri without the hotness attached to it while the Veg Biryani was very rich in spices.The Murg Bukkhara Masala was accompanied by Kulcha and Butter Paratha which were both oven fresh when bought to the table.The biryani here isn’t the Dum Biryani but more of like a Kashmiri Biryani with a mixture of Awadhi spices to make a mix variant!
Finishing of the meal was the Rabdi which tasted very much like the one my mom made over the Diwali weekend. Good stuff! The food at Sheetal was exceptionally good and it seemed clear that the chefs were very particular of the way they made their food. The kulchas weren’t burnt a bit, the masala wasn’t overdone and neither was the food coloured! I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone with a taste for good food!
Here are the prices:
Shahi Samundra – INR 125
Masala Chaas – INR 65
Kash Ma Kash – INR 125
Coca Cola – INR 100 (Just realised we were charged a good INR 90 more than the street price!!)
Masala Papad – INR 20
Murg Hariyali Kebab – INR 200
Paneer Seekh Kebab – INR 165
Murg Bukhara Biryani – INR 185
Murg Bukhara Masala – INR 210
Kulcha – INR 28
Butter Paratha – 29
Its been almost a year since I have been for buffet dinner somewhere. The last I went was at Its Mirchi at Juhu sometime last year. What interested me most was that Mahjong is a chinese buffet place and since I haven’t had much chinese before I thought of trying out. Though the cost was supposedly 379 + taxes it nearly went to INR 500 per person! The rule of any good buffet is to pace yourself instead eating like a maniac for the first few minutes/dishes/rounds and then hardly eating much later on. Well, all of us pretty much broke that rule, quite decisively. While we gorged upon dish after dish of starters, the waiter’s were quite happy to serve us thinking that we might just fill ourselves in the first hour or so and leave. BUT that wasn’t the case. We had starters, main course and multiple rounds of desserts as well.
For starters, they had Veg Steamed Wanton, Potato in Chilly Plum, Corn Cream, Paneer in Shanghai, Goyza, Stir Fried Chicken Wings, Keying Chicken and Fish in Green Chilly. The dishes were tasty but not exactly satisfying. The pick for me was the Corn Cream in veg and Fish in Green Chilly (even though I am chicken person, the fish tasted better). The Paneer was ok ok while I stayed away from the Stir Fried Chicken Wings cause of its deep fried nature! I think they used the same sause with Keying Chicken and Paneer in Shanghai making the paneer dish the chicken equivalent for veggies!
We ate and we ate multiple rounds of starters and almost everyone was full with starters. Interestingly, there was a long wait between starters and main course which helped the appetite immensly.
For the main course, there was Three Treasure Veg, Mix Veg in Cilantro Sauce, Dragon Prawns and Chicken in Oyster Chilly. And we got Veg fried rice and hakka noodles as well. The rice and noodle was bland as expected but was quite a good mixture with the dragon prawns. Chicken was nice too but the prawns won this round quite comfortably.
Next up was the dessert which including Mango Pudding, Banana Mousse, Caramel Custurd and Strawberry Ice-cream. This has to be the most disappointing dessert I have ever had. Though we ordered multiple rounds none of us were really excited about the desserts. The strawberry ice cream was ordered the most; not atall fresh, but better than the others. The Custurd was bland, wouldn’t eat for free if I was offered this custurd. The banana mousse was good as well but didn’t taste fresh either. Banana ice-cream at natural’s tastes better!! And lastly, the Mango Pudding but I though was nothing but frozen ‘Mazaa’ or any other mango drink!! Extremely disappointing desserts!
Overall, if I had to rate this place, then it would be a 3/5. OK food, Good Service, nice ambiance as well. One of my friend’s complaint about no back rest (For the seats we were given) and I agree wit him. Back rest would have made it so much so comfortable.
The place was frequented by families but not a lot of people were really interested in a chinese buffet on a saturday night it seemed! Anyways, I don’t think I will be going here again anytime soon since I am damn sure there are much better places around Mumbai, at comparable buffet prices!
One of my few lunch meetings with office colleagues and the place decided upon was Dynasty. A very old and popular place, Dynasty serves, primarily, chinese food. I am not too sure why this is happening but off late I have had quite a lot of chinese food items!
After we reached Dynasty, we quickly got down to ordering starters whilst still waiting for another member of our group to arrive; hunger pangs pretty much rule over any other emotion we have! First up was Ice Tea which, I think, was quite good. We also ordered for a Sweet Corn Crab Soup and Paneer Baby Corn Chef’s style. The crab soup was nice, the first time I have had crab soup. It was sweet as expected and nice too. I had crab for the first time on my birthday and that experience (which I thank my friend, Kankshi Mehta, for handholding me in the art of eating crab) has emboldened me to try crab all by myself! How terrific is that!! Well crab soup was nice but the Paneer starter was a killer! very very well made. I really dont know what the chef put in the gravy (Wish i knew) but it was quite a well prepared dish.
For the main course, we ordered for Da-Chen Chicken, Veg Malaysian Noodels Three Tresure Veg. and Burnt Ginger/Garlic Rice. The rice was nice. Infact I have been telling my mom to make garlic rice every since I ate at Dynasty! And combined with Da-chen chicken, it was quite a good main course. The veg stuff wasn’t exactly to my liking though but my veggie friends liked it so I guess overall the main course was good value.
Price wise, I think, Dynasty is a tad too expensive. Between the four of us, we shelled out INR 960.
Here is a breakdown:
Da-chen Chicken – INR 160
Ice Tea – INR 50
Sweet Corn Crab Soup – INR 110
Paneer Baby Corn Chef’s Special – INR 155
Veg Malaysia Noodles – INR 125
Burnt Ginger/Garlic Rice – INR 125
And oh before I forget, every table at Dynasty has three sauces kept (like in any other chinese restaurant). There is this one sauce mixed with corriander leaves which is kinda sweet in taste and really adds a flavour to anything you add it to. Do try out this sauce.
Address: 12 St. Peter Road, Bandra (W), Mumbai
Tel: 26426312, 26436301, 65048864
Full Review: OK first of all let me get one thing clear, i ain’t rice fetish but my office colleagues are, so i have hardly had anything from there except for the Rice!
Anyways, Jim-me’s is situated close to office, its 15 minutes walking distance. Since we have been there so many times b4, we call up from our office that we are coming to the place and prepare either Chicken fried rice/Chicken Schezwan fried rice/Pork Schezwan fried rice/Beef fried rice.
The Food – Easily the best Chicken/Pork fried/Schezwan rice i have had till now. Fresh pieces of meat and the rice is also steaming hot! Once i had the Chicken Chilly too and that too was one of the best i have had till date. Good quantity for 2-4 people and the taste, simply amazing
I must add, the quantity is huge! one bowl can easily fill two big hungry buggers!! Though me and my friend have the distinction eating a bowl each!
The price – Pork/Chicken Fried Rice – 70
Pork/Chicken Schezwan Fried Rice – Rs.75
Chicken Chilly – Rs.100
PS: The menu looks sorta expensive but i still have to venture outside the ‘Rice’ domain to know if the rest of the stuff is worth the money you pay.
PS2: There is a pork shop (or whatever you call it) right opposite the place, which explains why the pork fried rice is so yummy .
PS3- i do not own! Thank you
Address: 3/4, Dheeraj Pali Arcade, Dr Ambedkar Road, Pali Naka, Bandra (W), Mumbai
Tel: 26421941, 26421943, 26421949, 26421952
I had heard a lot about the Value For Money aspect of 5Spice and finally got a chance to try it out. Dragged along my office colleagues to this place for lunch. Good thing it was empty and we got a table instantly. I liked the ambiance inside, gave the feeling that it was a very very expensive place. A very helpful staff made us feel very welcome. Offcourse, my friend who had been there for dinner had a different opinion and was soon forced to change her opinion about everything.
Soonafter, we got down to the main bit of ordering appetizers which consisted of Dragon Chicken and Chilly Crispy Potatoes. Honestly, the Dragon Chicken was nothing special and the Chilly Crispy Potatoes were nothing more than french fries dipped in some sauce! It tasted pretty good though! Oh and it wasn’t chilly, but sweet. quite a misleading name, I must say.
Next up, we ordered for main course – Chicken Thai Rice, Chicken Sezchuan Noodles and Roast Cantonese Chicken. Drinks included Lemon Mojito, Juicy Bird, Watermelon Booster and Sunset Margarita.
The main course stumped us all with the quantity, huge bowl of rice and noodles and accompanied by another huge serving of Cantonese Chicken. The main course was really the highlight of the whole experience. Huge strands of rice and noodle did take us by surprise initially but we soon got down to business. The rice was good and made it better with some liberal serving of the variety of sauces on the table (Except for Soy and Sezchuan, I couldn’t figure out what the rest was). The noodles though wasn’t very special, though it wasn’t bad either. The gravy was awesome. I would order just that if I had too!
Amongst the drinks, Juicy Bird was the standout – A must try at 5Spice. The watermelon Booster is for those who don’t catch a cold so easily, I do and one sip was enough for me to go bonkers! But it tasted really fresh and was refreshing as well. Lemon Mojito, well, I have tasted better.
Overall, the quantity was good, thats the USP of 5Spice, but the price was way higher than what you would expect especially when not everything you order stands up to the price it commands. The juices at 130 each were a tad too expensive.
The food was definitely filling and overall quality was good as well. A 3-star rating, maybe a bit harsh but the price is the real turn off here. Besides, the mixed bag, quality of food is the difference maker between 3-star and 4-star here.
Juices: Rs.130 each
Dragon Chicken – Rs.220
Chilly Crispy – Rs. 180
Chicken Thai Rice – Rs. 220
Chicken Cantonese – Rs. 225
Chicken Sezchuan Noodles – Rs.185
I would still go a few more times here, cause the food was not bad atall but just not upto the expectations.