Dining Out: Mainland China

I’d heard a lot about the food in Mainland China and finally with a couple of friends, paid a visit yesterday evening. Being fond of good Chinese food, I can go to great lengths in search of it :) But for some reason, I’d never stepped into Mainland. When yesterday provided me the opportunity, I grabbed it.

There was a waiting time of 20 minutes. It seems that everywhere you go in Bangalore (and this is regardless of the day of the week) there is a waiting period! Maybe in a few years, we will have to book a week before we go to a restaurant…

The ambience is quite pleasant, but what was quite disturbing was the noise levels! Packed to capacity, this is not the place you want to go for a cosy dinner. And since the demand is obviously high, they’ve packed the place choc-a-bloc. As a result, it seems like you’re actually eating in a crowded Darshini!

Anyway, getting to the food, we ordered Lemon Coriander Soup and a Pepper Lemon Chicken Soup which was delicious – just right amount of lemon and pepper and loads of vegetables (a little larger than what we would have liked) but the taste made up for it.

We didn’t order starters and went for the main course – Clay Pot Chicken and Egg Hakka Noodles. While the noodles were quite ordinary, the chicken was quite well done and the sauce too was delicious.

There’s also a Duck and Turkey festival going on till New Year if you’re interested in sampling different meats! The prices are on the higher side and a meal will set you back by about Rs. 500. And more if you order drinks. If you’re willing to battle the crowds and waiting time, its worth a visit if you’re in town and looking for an eating option.

7 Comments so far

  1. Mehak (unregistered) on December 21st, 2006 @ 5:01 pm

    MAINLAND CHINA ROCKS !!!!!….they give a complementary wine bottle n plum cake on Christmas…

    Well, there is always a waiting period in almost all the eateries in Bangalore.

  2. rubic_cube (unregistered) on December 21st, 2006 @ 7:29 pm

    I visited this awesome restaurant sometime in 2002. Sometime when you visit again, please try the Shark Fin Soup. I used to eat Non-Veg at that time and this is one soup that I loved a lot.

  3. Irfan (unregistered) on December 22nd, 2006 @ 11:26 am

    Nice Review… can you do a favor though: Please include the address/locality of the restaurant so that people who are new to bangalore can also enjoy going and trying out the food. :-)


  4. blr bytes (unregistered) on December 22nd, 2006 @ 2:04 pm

    It’s mostly cliched and tired ol’ Chinese.

    Try Silver Wok or better yet, try T’chi.

  5. Faizan (unregistered) on December 22nd, 2006 @ 10:02 pm

    Another good chinese place to eat is Beijing Bites. Their dragon copsuey is really good.

  6. mudpuppy (unregistered) on December 24th, 2006 @ 6:29 am

    Two comments:

    No one should ever order shark fin soup after learning about how it’s made. Poor sharks are finned and thrown back in the water to die. All for flavorless cartilege.

    And Tchi is better than Mainland China in my view anyway.

  7. A (unregistered) on December 29th, 2006 @ 12:48 pm

    I don’t think too much of Mainland China… right next door, Bamboo Shoots does much better chinese…

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