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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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