Located at a good spot in a shopping complex, China Bistro isn’t hard to find. The dug-up road outside plays spoilsport but the prospect of dim sums and crab soup makes up for it.
The eatery’s grand door welcomes us into the large seating area that, with its wood and leather interiors, looks warm and inviting. On weekends, this spot is packed with chattering families.
Among starters, Taipei Chicken (Rs 195) was flavourful but too crusty with a thick batter. The Assorted Non-veg Dimsum Platter (Rs 185), consisting of four dumplings each with chicken and prawn, didn’t excite the taste buds either. The over-steamed dough-wrappers were sticky and the stuffing inside average which, forgive the comparison, came not even seemingly close to Delhi’s ubiquitous Rs 30-a-plate momos, crafted to perfection.
But the sight of happy family diners all around us gave us hope for better fare ahead. The Fish XO Sauce (Rs 245) with basa river fillets in a thick aromatic sauce was a relief. The Claypot Rice (Rs 175) was average; and let’s not talk about the Devil’s Chicken (Rs 195), which was altogether bereft of any devilish spices.
For some strange reason, the stewards seemed to ambush the table while bringing the food. And it happened every time they brought an order. We lost count of how many of them were assigned to a single table! Make a visit to China Bistro, but don’t complain that we didn’t warn you!
What: China Bistro
Where: Infinity Shopping Complex, Ground Floor, Majiwada, Pokhran Road 2, Thane Area West
Call: 6127 0995
What’s on the menu: Soups, starters, dimsums, noodles
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