Mainland China is that unique brand which has managed to attract repeat visitors over the last several years. One can also find serpentine queues outside its doors on weekends with diners trying every trick in the book to grab a seat. Please check for the air conditioning around the seat you have chosen. On occasions, it may not be working perfectly. While the buffets offer the opportunity to sample a wide cross-section of dishes, one can afford to be truly adventurous while ordering a la carte. There are the usual suspects like crackling 'Spinach and Crispy Chilli Potatoes' but there are also brave offerings such as the 'Freshwater Bhetki', steamed or braised, in a sauce of your choice. Dramatically presented as a whole fish, the dish comes with sauces that are both subtle and aromatic. The 'Lemongrass and Fresh Cilantro Sauce' is a top choice in this category and takes you on an uncharted culinary journey. Other interesting entries include 'Roast Duck Meat' with greens and garlic as well as 'General Tao’s Chicken'. The restaurant tries to play around with its staple rice and noodle dishes as well. '
Chinese cuisine was the first cuisine that touched our hearts and country after Indian fare. The honey chilli potato, spring rolls, manchrian, chowmein, fried rice, dumplings are still existent on streets. We have fallen in love with this amazing cuisine that has fast become our comfort food. We have indianised the cuisine by tweaking it as our own. One of the best restaurants in the city is Mainland china, located in sector 18, Noida. The restaurant serves mouth-watering Chinese cuisine. The loyalists of Chinese cuisine visit this restaurant often claiming that there is nothing like mainland china. The interiors are casual and brightly lit. It’s comfortable as it should be while enjoying soul food. From the moment you step on the premises you are reminded of china with the circular gate guarded by the twin dragons. Terracotta soldiers flanking the entrance looks so formidable.
Mainland china is known for its wonderfully authentic cuisine. Dumplings or ‘heart’s delight’ as it means in Chinese are served in bamboo steamers in various forms and flavours. The starters are made from chicken, seafood, vegetables and meat. Hunan prawns, pan fried chilli fish, chicken Taipei, drums of heaven, konjee crispy lamb, crackling spinach, crispy corn chilli pepper are some of the fine examples. For mains chef cooks variety of dishes. Crab steamed/braised, chilli basil fish, slow fried jumbo prawns, maoshi chicken, spicy duck in a hot pot, roast lamb, okra and potato in black bean sauce, seasonal vegetables in mahlak sauce, wok tossed greens with garlic are delightful. Specially fried jumbo prawns. Rice and noodles are presented in shallow bowls in enticing way garnished with fried egg or spring onion. If you want a lighter meal opt for piping hot soups. Shangsi crabmeat soup is worth trying. The food presentation has been kept in mind too. Beautiful coloured bowls, platters and bamboo steamers are used to display fare in most innovative way.
The misconception that Chinese normally don’t serve sweets mainland china has a small but delicious dessert section. Besides traditional brownie, honey noodles with almond flakes and steamed coconut dumplings with honey butter sauce is served. The staff is friendly and smiling. Though some may consider the restaurant expensive it has only managed to deliver on the promise of authentic Chinese cuisine. Money doesn’t matter where there is quality involved. So visit mainland china soon and draw your own memories.