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What used to be the popular 'Mela' restaurant on the corner of Worli has now become China Bistro. Step inside and you feel like you are walking through a corridor to get to the main restaurant. Rather oddly shaped but plenty of space and you realize how big it is inside. There is not anything cafe or bistro-like with this space. Generic decor that adorns most Chinese restaurants with a statue of what is presumably a terracotta warrior at the entrance and little Oriental painting and knick-knacks all over. The food has its hits and misses but the emphasis here is on their pricing. It is value for money decent Indo-Chinese fare and pleasant service that leaves you satisfied at the end of a meal.
We had our wedding anniversary and went to China Bistro. Our past experience was good, but had not visited the establishment in the last couple of years. This time, the whole experience was really bad. The first course took unusually long. Thereafter, the ssecond course was not delivered on our table for over 30 minutes. Other patrons were also having similar problems. Then the waiter informed us that it would take at least 20 minutes more. Finally we cancelled the order. When the bill was presented, it included the charges for cancelled items also. We had to argue a lot before the whole thing settled. Then the waiter did not know how to accept card payment. Just the paymet took over 10 minutes. It spoilt the mood, spoilt the occasion, everything. I do not think I will ever step into this establishment again.
China Bistro - All the New Menu awaits you at their 4 outlets In Mumbai. Looks Interesting. They have judged the local market and curated the menu. A bit of Indian touch to it. At the end of the day this is what Mumbai wants and if I am judging and penning down from the angle of the local market - full justice to the menu and presentation. Beer and Green Peas Wasabi = perfect combination. Can't go wrong. Spicy Som Tam Salad (veg) had a choice of chicken and prawns. Made well. Could have been better. Missed out on the lemon and a bit of peanuty taste. Spiciness was fine. Texture good. Raw papaya perfect. Overall a nice start. Dim Sums - Vegetable and Basil, wow this was a beauty. Dived mixed vegetables and basil seed crushed. Stuffing was good. Layer of the dimsum was thin with a good texture. Overall a winner. Presentation was perfect. A must try dish. Spicy Vegetable Crystal Dumpling - clear dumplings with Asian diced vegetables. A bit of herbs and spices. Again a good choice. Corn and Chestnut - Miss. Texture looked rusty. Layer thick. Stuffing was far too thick. Bland. Need to work on this. Sushi: Asparagus Tempura Roll, served in a boat with a bit of cinema. Got the crispiness from the tempura. Rolled well in Japanese sushi rice. Somehow they missed giving the wasabi. Served with pickled ginger. (Guys please look into this as well) Grilled Silken Tofu with Korean dressing - texture looked good. Tasted ok to good. Tofu grilled well dressed with Korean sauce (spicy) Served with dip and assorted vegetables. Zucchini/carrots/Cauliflower/mushrooms/broccoli (tossed in butter) overall a nicely prepared dish. Light on the stomach. Honey Spinach and Spiced Cheese Tacos (Indianised) but this is what Mumbai wants. Basically Corn shell tacos (soft) stuffed with Asian exotic vegetables tossed. Topped with Cheese and mayo (how can this be Chinese) but liked it. Vegetable Black Bean Bao Pocket - loved the black bean sauce. Homemade Bao stuffed with Vegetable patty (more like a falafel) a bit of lettuce. Served with Edamame hummus (rusty yet good) they also had some carrots and cucumber in the stuffing. Height light - Black bean sauce. Pao's were soft. Can be a meal by itself. Tsing Hoi Chicken (all time favourite) a must order. Loved the flavours. Balance was good. Nice punch. Spicy at the same time not over. Nice taste of ginger garlic (soya sauce) at the same time tangy. Diced chicken soft and this is what is required. Probably the dish of the day. Skipped the Mains and it was Buddha's Fu - mango pudding (chilled) like a panna cotta served with coconut flakes and a bit of raspberry coulis. Chocolate Mousse quenelle made a difference. Not sweet. Refreshing. Do try this. Lovely presentation. Overall - had a good time. Prices are a bit on the higher side (10/15%) but that fine. Quantity is good. When u visits this place, please don't go on an authentic Chinese restaurant. If I had a chance would surely visit again as their mains are amazing. Cheers.
Another Bistro place and it was worth visit, service is amazing and doesn't hurt our pockets, nice one.
Attractive ambiance.. innovative items..superb service and suggestions.. reasonable rates..that describes China bistro in one plate😃
Very good and cordial staff. Nice Chinese and Thai food options. Menu can improve a bit. Good interiors. Spacious and comfortable seating arrangements.
When is Chinese food ever a bad idea? This delightful aromatic cuisine has made a fan out us with its mind-blowing flavours and comforting soy-enhanced gravies. The cuisine infiltrated the country a century ago and since then we have displayed our love for the fare through several Chinese serving restaurants opening to cater to our Chinese whims. Mumbai dig its share of noodles and stir-fries, hence the smorgasbord of Chinese restaurants dotted all over the city. If you truly want to sample some decent Indo-Chinese fare then give ‘China Bistro’ a shot. This is one of the popular eateries with families and gourmets, who drop in for their noodle-fix religiously. The restaurant resides on the ground floor of Infinity Shopping Complex in Vasant Vihar, Thane West. Next time you crave for chilli chicken, you know where to head.
The name China Bistro is misleading because the restaurant doesn’t only serve great Chinese food but also dabbles in other Asian cuisines as well. Besides wholesome Chinese food, you can sample here delicacies from Thai, Vietnamese and Indonesian cuisines too. Enjoy a nice tangy Kaffir Lime caipiroska before picking up your fork and start digging into the appetizers. How about, barbequed bao, Vietnamese spring rolls, prawn har gao, crispy lotus stem with black pepper & curry leaves, fire roasted mandarin chicken, Hunan shrimps, steamed crab claws, grilled tofu with sambal salsa and pan fried chilli fish. The range of seafood on offer is drool-worthy. One can’t wait to dig in further in main course. Pair screwed up noodles in Pixian bean sauce with, tamari glazed fish fillet, lamb in massaman curry, lotus stem & asparagus stir fried in red curry and Singapore chilli crab.
Menu is fantastic and features delectable lip-smacking dishes. Those on a time crunch can always go for the one-pot meals. Next comes their dessert course featuring, darsaan, Thai guava ice cream, hot chocolate rolls with ice cream, coconut caramel custard, brownie with ice cream, steamed coconut dumpling with honey butter sauce, chocolate tsunami and caramel sponge cake with toffee sauce. Ask your server to seat you in their outdoor section. China Bistro is a bit pricier place but its food and décor more than makes up for it. Interiors are smart and formal. Design look is classic and earthy, with several statues of warriors and Buddha adding the Asian effect.