China garden, a restaurant that has stood strong since around 15 years or so and is doing exceptionally well even now! It has survived competition from newbies in the greater kailash market and still has a wait time for a table. I guess that is proof enough that the food here is great and people get an wholesome experience here.China Garden hasn’t changed their menu or recipes since then and that’s the reason why people are here for their favourite dishes again and again
I have dined here a couple of times with family as a kid but after becoming a food blogger, this was my first visit. Once you stand outside china garden , you will see a building with black tinted glasses and a large hoarding with the name. It gives away nothing of the interiors. Once you enter, you are pleasantly surprised seeing the vast lobby/waiting lounge with fine chinese installations and rich flooring. Infact, everything about this floor is pretty rich looking. There are only some sofas for the people waiting for a table and a desk for taking reservations.
There are two more floors above that which are proper fine dine floors. The place is very good and you feel ‘royal’ in here. Have a look at the pictures below cause I think they will speak for the place.
Coming to the food, my friends and I tried a lot of things and loved them all! We had some new Chinese dishes that we have never had before.
Smoked chili chicken: This was fried boneless chicken cooked in a covered vessel with loads of red chilies and hence the ‘smokey’ taste. This dish is great for spice lovers as they can enjoy whole red chilies but for a person like me, I only stuck to the chicken part.
Dimsum fish: Oh yum! Steamed fish with garlic and red chili…what a combination! Was served how steamed momos are normally served in a cane basket.
Santung Prawns: Fried prawns with chopped ginger , garlic,red chili and spring onions was my favourite! A burst of strong flavour with every bite. The most dominant being garlic and chili.
Gin Chicken: This was again round friend balls of chicken which I loved! They tasted great with the coriander sauce they served along with it. Polished it off in no time.
Chicken in Yellow bean sauce: I have had chicken in black bean sauce quite a few times and this was similar to that. I liked the base. It was tangy and medium spiced.
Soya chili wine fish: This was a good combination of tangy and spicy.The fish was super soft from outside and had a thin coating outside (cornflour).
Teppanyaki prawns: Basically fried prawns tossed with finely chopped bell peppers and cabbage and served hot like a sizzler. For me, it felt somewhere between an appetizer and main dish but, tasted good.
Veg Szechwan noodles was tossed well with a lot of veggies and were basic. I just think they could be a bit lighter with less oil.
Fortune rice with black mushroom: I didn’t like the black mushrooms as I found them bitter. I removed them and ate just the steamed rice.
Caramel Custard: This was the highlight of the meal and a perfect meal ender. The consistency was perfect and with every stroke of my spoon in it, I got a neat bite. It didn’t break or become messy. I just feel that this could have a tad bit more sugar but this was made to suit all kinds of palates…rightly so 🙂
Overall, Chine garden staff treated us well, the place is fine and the food is great! Also, the variety is large to keep you from getting bored. You can visit this place, with family,with business partners or just for a date…it is a place for all 🙂