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You can tell how popular a stand-alone restaurant is by the number of outlets it has. China Gate with a total of four restaurants spread across the city is an old favourite. Walk into any of their outlets and you'll find full tables with happy diners polishing off their meal. The menu consists of almost every conceivable Chinese dish, mostly the Indo-Chinese Fusion people love. Service is prompt for the most part but they tend to get flustered on busy nights. Food tends to be oily as most Indo-Chinese is, but people keep coming back for more.
For most part Indo-Chinese food has its own loyal fan base and there is nowhere food more delicious than at ‘China Gate’, Andheri Lokhandwala, Western Suburbs, Mumbai. If their busy tables are of any indication then you have definitely come to the right place. The restaurant is a buzzing place with cheerful families and happy noisy children running amok. The staff makes pathways in between the tables with a smile serving the hungry guests. China Gate is a small but busy place always occupied with loyal regulars looking for Indianised Chinese fare. Restaurant is a brightly lit and quintessential family restaurant like in appearance. The décor is simple and timeless. It’s like captured in a 1990’s time capsule and being transported to a time where they had Bryan Adams playing in the background. An open bar is attractively placed at one end of the room and is focal point for all.
Menu of China Gate is Pan Asian so expect to see the menu travelling to different regions adapting from each. Though it is not lengthy it boasts of all the crowd pleasers you hope to find in any decent Pan Asian restaurant. Variety is impressive including majority of proteins and meats. Kick start the meal with delicious brandy prawn, squid black bean, Thai grilled chicken, tom kha gai, steamed jade roll, roasted peking duck, crispy beef, lamb oyster chilli, vegetable silky noodle soup, kung pao paneer and tshing hai potato. For sultry mains the chef offers, vegetable taro nest, chicken Thai curry (Red/Green/Yellow), crispy lamb orange sauce, squid in black bean sauce, crab in black pepper sauce, stuffed fish, pomfret crab meat sauce, chilli garlic jumbo prawn, Korean chicken, mandarin bean curd, stir fried chinese greens, roast lamb, Balinese pot chicken, prawn kawloon style, chicken wooly and steamed lobster.
You will find more dedication in the rice/noodle section than in any other restaurant. To team up with aromatic gravies you will see loads of options like, chicken Thai pot rice, vegetable lotus leaf rice, chopsuey, vegetable pan fried noodles, chicken mei foon noodles, coriander pot noodle, maan thao bun (steamed/fried) and veg shantung noodles. To satisfy your sweet cravings you can indulge into pastry, cheesecake, ice cream, brownie with ice cream, chocolate mousse, honey noodles with ice cream, caramel custard, lychee with ice cream and date pancake with ice cream. Under fifteen hundred you will feast like a king so China Gate is affordable and fun.