Thai, Chinese, or Both?

This post is coming in a little later than usual, but I thought the timing could be perfect as Ramadan is just over and you can start planning where to head for brunch/lunch soon? 🙂

Located among the throng of restaurants at Wafi, Thai Chi serves Thai and Chinese cuisines for a lover of both Asian fares. Continue reading “Thai, Chinese, or Both?”

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Yum Cha at China Club, Radisson Blu

It may be a bit too late to celebrate the Chinese New Year, but this visit was about two weeks ago. China Club, located in Radisson Blu, Deira, offered us a culinary experience that we’re bound to remember. And something that I would go back for.

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The hotel is not too huge itself but boasts quite a few restaurants. China Club is located right at the end of the lobby. Upon entering, we felt that we’ve chanced upon Chinatown. Not that it was bustling or street like, but the calm serenity that is present when you visit a shrine was felt.

We were greeted by a lady wearing a kimono, who ushered us to our table. The restaurant is enough to seat about 100-150 people, with tables for large groups as well. The ambiance here is just perfect for anyone who wants to relax and take a night out. Our drinks were brought in soon; Pina Colada, Watermelon Juice, and Fruit Punch. These were served in huge glasses, but be warned! You wouldn’t want to fill yourself up with these as there’s lots more to follow.

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A special set menu was curated for the occasion which consisted of a four-course menu. Another set menu which is part of their daily promotion was presented before us, this included a variety of dim sum and noodles for just AED 139 per person. The Chinese New Year menu started with some cold appetizers and a Wild Mushroom soup which were nothing to write home about.

Moving on, our main course consisted of Tiger Prawns with Szechuan Sauce. Stir Fried Beef with Vegetables, Deep Fried Fish Fillet in Black Bean Sauce, and Egg fried rice.

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A special mention for the fried fish fillets here. In spite of being drenched in sauce, the fish seemed quite crispy and went well with the gravy. The tiger prawns were also something to remember, a big portion of a well seasoned and grilled plate.

Now, let’s talk about the one that really pleased me – the dim sum menu. A trolley with all types of dim sum, be it steamed of fried, stuffed with chicken, mutton, prawn – you name it! It wasn’t too long until the table had no space for our drinks. Being a lover of dumplings, it was a treat to my eyes – and my tummy. If I could pick a few favourites they’d definitely be the Crispy Fried Prawns, Lamb Rib in Black Bean Sauce, steamed chicken and shrimps dumplings, and fried noodles.

After a very stuffed and fulfilling meal, we ordered our desserts. Coconut Cream with Sago Pearls, Mango Pudding with strawberries, and Fried Ice Cream. Unfortunately, they didn’t seem to go very well with me. Somewhat mediocre thus we didn’t go through with them.

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Since it was a weekday, the restaurant was mostly empty, with around 2-3 tables occupied, therefore, we had a lot of attention on us. The service was quite good with servers coming in to check with us timely.

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If I’m coming back: The Dim sum set menu is quite a steal for AED 139 inclusive of non-alcoholic beverages. The portions may be small but you can always ask for more. This is one restaurant you’ll surely leave with a full stomach so come with a big appetite!

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Until then, happy eating! xx
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Chin Chin – An Unfortunate Chinese Affair

I’ve been to Chin Chin a few times before writing this review. My recent visit shocked me, well, disappointed me actually. Chin Chin has a branch in Sharjah, specifically located in Al Majaz. I visited on a Friday night, and the service might have been poor due to the crowded place.

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Upon entering I was asked to wait for a table for around 10 mins. This was acceptable considering the crowd. Our server apologized for the wait and was kind enough to make us feel comfortable.

We ordered a Chinese Chop suey (From our usual American one), Crispy Beef, Chicken Chilli, Chicken Hakka Noodles and a Veg. Fried Rice. Needless to say, the Crispy beef, being one of their star dishes, was the best! The beef would just melt in your mouth and you could have as much as you want, and still not be satisfied! 😀 This one is highly recommended! They also have a chicken option for those who don’t prefer beef.

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The vegetable fried rice and Chicken noodles were good, the usual type. Coming to our chicken dishes, the Chicken chilli was a gravy dish. The chicken was well cooked, but topped with a lot of cornflour. All in all, the dish was good, but didn’t justify it’s name as it lacked the spicy flavor. Since I am a fan of spiciness, I really expected so much from this dish, but it failed to deliver.

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The Chinese chop suey was something that is best forgotten. When we asked the waiter previously about the difference between this and it’s American version, we were said that it’s just the red sauce.

( The Chinese chop suey is pictured below. I usually order my noodles as a separate )

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I was very disappointed with this dish in particular. Mainly, because it looked appetizing but did not taste so. It seems like Chin Chin prefers serving bland food to its customers. Our server agreed to request the chef to add in some spices. Mainly, some ginger or garlic, for some flavor. But even then, it was distasteful. ( The updated one is pictured below )

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Place wise, the restaurant is pretty small and dimly lit. Taking pictures proved quite difficult due to direct overhead lighting 😦

It was quite nice to watch the chefs at work though. They provide a see through glass through which you can see your meals being prepared in front of you. If you plan for a quite dinner, do not visit on a weekend, as they are filled with large groups of family with crying kids running all over the place.

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Will I be coming back? I really don’t think so. Unless they change their recipes or their menu altogether. Have you ever had an experience where your taste buds just don’t agree, however pleasing the dish might look? Let me know in the comments below! 🙂

Till then, happy eating! xx

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