Hunan province in China is famous for its spicy cuisine. In India most of the ‘Chinese restaurants’ serve Chindian food which is adapted for Indian palate. Let’s not talk about the authenticity or taste when it comes to Chinese flavors. Whatever it is, the fact is that we enjoy visiting our neighborhood Chinese restaurants. I happened to visit Mainland China at Church Street, Bengaluru recently for their ongoing ‘Hunan Festival’. The well-curated menu has interesting dishes for both vegetarians and non-vegetarians. The starters are so addictive.
My friend and I ordered Chongqing Mushroom, Shredded Chicken with fresh pepper and celery, and Chongqing Prawns. Though Mushroom and Prawns had the same flavors, the latter one didn’t match up to the flavors of Mushrooms they served us first. When we gave the feedback, a polite staff named Mr.Pradeep immediately replaced the Prawns starter and the second batch was really good. The shredded Chicken had mild flavors and fresh chilies made it taste better.
We also ordered a Chicken Dim sum which is not from the festive menu. At Mainland China, one should never miss their delectable dim sums. Sadly they don’t have included any dim sums or soups as part of this festive menu.
For the Main course, we ordered ‘Water Chestnuts, Broccoli, and Baby corn in mild Chilli vinegar’, Hunan Sichuan Chicken and Yangzhou Fried rice. The Hunan Sichuan Chicken name sounded so weird and out of curiosity I asked the staff about this dish and came to know that they use Sichuan chili in it. Anyhow this dish was not that great compared to the veg one. After having the main course we came to know that upon request they cater egg/chicken fried rice which was not mentioned on the menu.
I ordered two mocktails - ‘Ginger and Pineapple Frappe’ and ‘Mandarin Swirl’ and the second one was better. Throughout the lunch, they kept serving us Jasmine tea which we enjoyed very much.
There was no room for desserts by the end of the meal and while taking the pictures of their regular buffet, I spotted Caramel custard and I couldn’t resist having the same. It was soooo good. They have buffet starting from ₹445 + taxes. Please contact the restaurant for their Happy hour deals.
Overall I enjoyed a hearty meal at Mainland China. The staffs are very polite and attentive. I liked how they positively took each feedback we gave them and immediately rectified it, making sure that we left the restaurant with a happy face and tummy. This festive menu is on ‘a la carte’ and it’s on till 20th December 2018. So don’t miss it.
1st Floor, 14
Church Street, Bangalore
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