Restaurant Review: Chinese surprise in Lower Parel
China Suburb near High Street Phoenix has an exhaustive menu and gets it right mostly
China Suburb -- The Manhattan of China (it could not be known why it is thus named), a branch of the Andheri outlet with the same name, is a quaint new budget restaurant right opposite Phoenix Towers in Lower Parel.
Honey Chilly chicken. Pics/ Dipanjan Sinha
With an exhaustive menu of Indian Chinese that includes Honey Chilly Chicken (Rs 210) and Chicken Korean Rice (Rs 200) along with the predictable fare of Manchurian and Schezwan preparations, this place fulfills every requirement of the nice Indian Chinese takeaway — to the extent of having a full list of vegetarian Chinese dishes with the disclaimer that they serve Jain customers without onion and garlic. People residing in Worli, Dadar, Parel or Lower Parel areas can also order home delivery. But it is not a bad place to sit and eat, too, with a tastefully done seating arrangement and interiors featuring one laughing and one serious Buddha.
A frame of the interiors at China Suburb. Pics/ Dipanjan Sinha
We decided to test them on the basic and the tricky, so we ordered a combination of Chicken Korean rice, Honey Chilly Chicken and Hong Kong Chicken (Rs 210) as the slightly different dishes and a plate of Chicken Momos (Rs 170) for the usual fare. We were surprised to see Chicken Bamboo Rice (Rs 230) on the list and were going to order it but refrained when the attendant explained that it is rice with cucumber — bamboo shoot or bamboo rice does not have much or anything to do with cucumber usually.
Chicken Korean Rice
The Honey Chilly Chicken bowled us over. The balance of the sweet and spicy taste is a challenge to achieve with this dish, and they seem to have cracked it. The Korean Chicken Rice had the spices and crisp right and went well with the sweeter honey chicken. The Chicken Momo, too, was nearly perfect, with the taste and aroma in sync. The chicken in it, though, could have been more tender. The Hong Kong Chicken was a tad too spicy — too much for the palate to register taste. The only upsetting bit was the packing, when we decided to take some home — plastic pouches to carry food; just not done.
At: Shop 10-11, Khimji Nagi Building, opposite High Street Phoenix, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel (W).
China Suburb didn’t know we were there. The guide reviews anonymously and pays for its meals
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