“Food is tastier when eaten along with a fellow foodie who appreciates what it is”
Seldom do you find good food, a good mate to converse, great ambience combined with knowledgeable service. When all these come together, it becomes the ultimate experience a food lover could dream of. On the evening of 8th March, I and Zen decided to go for China Bistro, normally there is a huge debate over which place we should ransack but this time, the decision was unanimous. We drove over, although the valet service seemed haphazard, we had no issues as long as our car was taken. We were offered seats after a 20 minute wait time. The host lady had a big smile on her face and it was easy to strike up a generic conversation, this made our waiting time seem much quicker, also with a nice crowd gathering at the place beside China Bistro, it was all good.
The initial ambience reminded us of the a similar place by name ‘Hare & Tortoise’ which we visited a few times in London. The fact that the waiter did not speak English was soon forgotten once he put his knowledgeable suggestion across to us. We were offered a complimentary puff pastry, which we did not seem to like but hey, anything deep fried or baked goes, so we asked for another portion and we had it on our table in the wink of an eye. Most of what we ordered were as a result of the person taking care of our table and due to his clear explanation, we were able to expect what we would get, however, what was brought out of the kitchen and onto our tables always exceeded our expectation which kept leaving us pleasantly surprised.
We started with Diced Roast Lamb which was sumptuous, it was tender, a perfect blend of sauces and greens to give is the mouth watery experience. The next were the rolls, the delicate, tender and absolutely put together in the finest way possible, the cheese and spinach stood out. We were entirely happy with our starters when we had the monster that was the Mongolian skewered chicken arrive at our table, it arrived on a mini charcoal grill and took us by surprise when we tasted it. The quantity of these starters justified the high price, especially the chicken which was a perfect 10 had a mammoth serving.
We were given a palette cleanser moving on to the mains, it was nice but Zen did not quite want to cleanse his palette. We ordered some sticky rice along with the Lobster, the last lobster we had was at the Golden Dragon at Taj, which was priced about 3 times of this, although the quantity and taste were similar, we had asked for it to be served in the seafood coriander sauce and we could not have made a better decision. The presentation was grand with the shell place on the plate. The selection of desserts was a letdown but right when we wanted to leave for some place else to satisfy our sweet tooths, we were told that we are being served the dessert as a complimentary. We ordered the Chocolate Tiramisu which we did not quite like but still licked up every single drop of it.
This was a brilliant all round experience and we are thankful to the staff who made this what it is. Well done guys!