I personally believe that Mainland China has the best Chinese food in India. If someone disagrees, please introduce me to the restaurant you'd rate the best for Chinese food, and I'd love to try it! Ranging from the the mouth watering soups, to the dimsums, to the appetizers stir-fried and tossed in woks, to the main course cooked in clay pots...it's Chinese taste to the core. Don't expect very spicy stuff, coz the Chinese food here is not Indianized in the way it is in most places. And if you like shitake mushrooms like I do, ask for any dish and ask them to add some shitake to it :D
I think Mainland China could do better with their menu. When I go out to eat, I usually have a craving for a certain taste in my mouth. And I always order accordingly, based on the description in the menu matching that taste in my mouth. Somehow, I've never been able to do that in Mainland China. I've always had to ask the waiter for a suggestion, then try to tweak it around, and of course, ask him to add shitake to it!
I have a huge problem with Mainland China's service. The fact is, this place is expensive, and so I would like the waiters to have good knowledge about what goes with what. We ordered for a whiskey and were asking the waiter for suggestions on starters. He suggested some Chicken in Green Chilly and Spring Onion that sounded good, but after asking him more about it, we found out it was in white sauce. I told the waiter that we needed something that will go with whiskey. He had no clue about what I meant. He just said, "Yes yes, whiskey we have Antiquity, RC....". I just decided something off the menu that was in red sauce (safe) and asked him to get it. The friend I was with thought I was expecting too much out of the staff. But really? Was I? If each dish costs Rs. 300, you bloody well be able to tell me if it goes with whiskey!
One more thing was the constant interruption by the staff. In good faith, they always come to the table to ask:
* how the food was
* if we wanted more drinks
* if we wanted to be served, when any one's plate was empty
* if we wanted anything else to eat.
Great decor at the Andheri West restaurant. Much, much better than the ones at Sakinaka and Powai. Nice Chinese statues and other metal sculptures. The restaurant was full on a Sunday evening and I generally don't like full restaurants - it gets too noisy with all those people - but you can't blame them for being popular.
It's an expensive place. And most people like Indianized Chinese better. So you have to take a call here. The food is superb, but over priced. For a meal for two with 2 pegs of whiskey each, one chicken starter, one lamb main course and one beautiful garlic rice, the bill came to about Rs. 2600. Of which I got a discount, thanks to the Speciality Preferred membership ;)
And in conclusion...
Strictly for people who are interested in real Chinese. Otherwise, you will end up spending crazy money for something that is not as per your palate.