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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.
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.