Mumbai takes its food seriously and when it comes to Chinese food, the obsession is unmatched. Be it the roadside chalu chinese, Hakka Chinese or the authentic Chinese food, we Indians may have many variants of this cuisine. And none of it comes any close to the traditional food served in China but what the heck! We love the desi tadka and it suits our palate.
Team Curly Tales visited 10 popular Chinese restaurants of Mumbai to tell you about the best dishes each one has to offer. Tell us how many have you tried?
1. China Bistro, Chembur, Worli & Thane
With a rating of 4.1/5 by the foodies of the city, this restaurant is surely not worth missing! Owner Sanjay Vazirani has got the right mix of sauces and spices and no wonder, in no time this restaurant has become the hot favourite Chinese restaurant of Mumbai. The restaurant also allows screening of live sports matches along with a full bar.
Dishes to try: Fish in Mustard sauce, Dynamite Prawns & Chocolate Fountain
Approx cost: ₹1350 for two
2. Yauatcha, BKC
Yauatcha is a London-based dim sum house operational in Mumbai, Delhi and Bengaluru. We love this one for its authenticity and the dimsums it has to offer. Frequented by Bollywood celebrities, this restaurant is rated as one of the bests in the city.
Dishes to try: Black Pepper Lamb Roll, Turnip Cake , Crispy Prawn Cheung Fung, Pork Buns and Raspberry Delice
Where: Raheja Towers, Bandra Kurla Complex, Mumbai
Approx cost: ₹ 3500 for two
3. Hakkasan, Bandra
Another international chain that has found its place in Mumbai quite comfortably. This modern dining restaurant enjoys the limelight by being one of the post popular eateries in the suburbs. With a rating of 4.6 and the reviews are fantastic. Brunch buffets and bar services has earned the highest reviews for Hakkasan.
Dishes to try: Salt and Pepper Squid, Chocolate mousse, Dim-sum, and Dumplings.
Where: 206, Krystal, Waterfield Road, Linking Road, Bandra West
Approx cost: ₹4,000 for two
4. Jia – The Oriental Kitchen, Colaba
Jia knows how to woo the tantalising taste buds of anyone who is craving for some oriental delicacies. This one comes from the family of Royal China that has been in the business for 14 years. Jia aims to be the modern counterpart of oriental cuisine, specializing in Dim Sums, Sushi, Thai and Modern Chinese dishes. The unique part of Jia’s interiors is the eclectic all white ceiling that resembles a bee hive. Foodies love this one and that explains why it has a rating of 4.7/5 on Zomato.
Dishes to try: Jasmine rice, the silken tofu and aubergine with black bean sauce, Asian crispy duck salad sea food and Sangria
Where: 2, Dhanraj Mahal, C. S. Marg, Colaba, Mumbai
Approx cost: ₹ 2,500 for two
5. Stir Fry Grill, Malad
If you’re looking for a pocket friendly Chinese restaurant that gives you a taste like no other, you’re at the right place. The ambiance may be average but the food here is a hit! Rated at 4.2 on Zomato, Stir Fry Grill also has home delivery, but sadly no bar available.
Dishes to try: Kung Pao Paneer, Thai Soup, Kiwi Mojito and sea food.
Where : Near Toyata Showroom, Malad Link Road, Malad West, Mumbai
Approx cost : ₹850 for two
6. By The Mekong, St Regis – Lower Parel
This is an award-winning Asian restaurant where the allure of the East is melted into one big oriental feast. Don’t be surprised if the window seats overlooking glimmering Worli and Mahalaxmi fill up first. It’s rated as the perfect restaurant for your anniversary dinner or if you want to pop the question to your someone special.
Dishes to try: Pad Thai noodle, Tom Yum soup, Chocolate Mud cake and Thai Green Curry
Where: The St. Regis, 462 Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel, Mumbai
Approx cost: ₹4,000 for two
7. Uncle’s Kitchen, Malad
It may not be a fine dining restaurant like the others in the list, but it ranks the highest when it comes to the popularity quotient. Uncle’s Kitchen is also one of the oldest restaurants in town and has been rated as 3.5/5 for its quick services and excellent food.
Dishes to try: Sweet Corn Chicken soup, Crispy Chicken, Manchow soup and Chicken fried rice
Where: Sunder Lane, St. Anne’s High School, Orlem, Malad West, Mumbai
Approx cost: ₹ 300 for two
8. Royal China, Fort
Royal China has constantly been evolving as per the emerging trends and tastes from around the world. Combining traditional and contemporary elements of Cantonese cuisine, they serve delectable dishes. They also offer an extensive list in fine wines. We love the sticky rice with chicken in a lotus leaf wrapper.
Dishes to try: French Beans in Hot Garlic Sauce, Spring Onion Crispy Lamb, Dim sum classic
Where: Ground Floor, Royal Sands Building, Raheja Classic Lane, Andheri Lokhandwala, Andheri West
Approx cost: ₹1,200 for two
9. Dynasty, Santacruz
It is one of the Chinese giants of Mumbai for having been for so long. A popular joint for college kids, families or shoppers, Dynasty is known for its food and service for over a decade.
Dishes to try: Jumbo Prawn, Crispy Thread Paneer, Crispy Spinach Chicken and Chicken Lollipop
Where: 85, SV Road, Santacruz West, Mumbai
Approx cost: ₹ 1,000 for two
10. Five Spice, Multiple Outlets
Known for its abundant portions of food served per plate, Five Spice is bound to bring you back for more. Rated at 3.4 on Zomato, it surely knows how to keep its customers happy.
Dishes to try: Hunan Chicken, Iced Peach Tea, Clear soup and Veg Crispy.
Where: 3/4, Dheeraj Pali Arcade, Dr Ambedkar Road, Pali Naka, Pali Hill, Bandra West
Approx cost: ₹1,100 for two
11. Mainland China, Andheri West
Yes, I know Mainland China has multiple outlets but are they as awesome as the Andheri one? I think not! There’s a reason why Pam Aunty (Aditya Chopra’s mother) can often be spotted there smiling her serene smile and sipping her hot soup. The ambience, the service and oh my god, the kimchi is too delicious to be true.
Dishes to try: Chicken Sui Mai, Braised Sapo Chicken and the Egg Fried Rice.
Where: Ground Floor, Shalimar Morya Park, Off New Link Road, Opposite Infinity Mall, Veera Desai Area
Approx cost : ₹1800 for two
Now that you have your top 11, which one are you planning to try first?
11. Soy Street, Vashi
Located inside the Inorbit Mall in Vashi, this is a gem of a Chinese restaurant you’d wish you knew about before. But better late then never right? Soy Street exudes authentic Chinese flavours with several dishes like Baos, noodles, veggies and meat cooked in flavourful Chinese sauces of your choice. And what’s more, there is also a Chinese lunch buffet where kids up to 3 will not be charged at all. So what are you waiting for?
Address: Soy Street, Palm Beach Rd, Turbhe Store, Sector 30A, Vashi, Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra 400703
Avg cost for 2: ₹1100
What to try: Lunch Buffet, Baos.
12. Ling’s Pavillion, Fort
Tucked away in the sparkling city lights of Fort, this one’s for all the seafood lovers. Can you imagine amazing Chinese flavours paired with fresh seafood, all cooked to perfection? That’s exactly what you’ll get here. Oh, and this restaurant has been around forever and the quality hasn’t dropped one bit! So gear up for a unique experience.
Address: Ling’s Pavillion, building number 19, 21, MB Marg, Behind Regal Cinema, Apollo Bandar, Colaba, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400001
Avg cost for 2: ₹1500
What to eat: Seafood, pork ribs.
13. Asian Town, Fort
Whether you want to get tipsy on signature cocktails or be bowled over by spot-on flavours, Asian Town is the place to be at. Not only Chinese, but this place also harbours other Pan Asian cuisines that will surely tantalise all your taste buds. Don’t forget to try the fragrant rice that is jasmine rice with all the yummy curries and sauces.
Address: Asian Fort, 1st floor, 4126, K. Dubhash Marg, 30, K Dubash Marg, Kala Ghoda, Fort, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400001
Avg cost for 2: ₹1800
What dish to eat: Jasmine rice, cocktails,
14. Ài Shiwū, Goregaon East
This one is for all the people who want authentic Chinese food in the comfort of your own home. The delivery only kitchen serves an array of Chinese dishes. They make basic Chinese favourites but it’s cooked to perfection and you’ll be ordering more and more often. And you won’t have to break your bank either! Always a relief eh?
Address: Ai Shiwu, Film City Rd, IGIDR, Nagri Niwara Cooperative Housing Society, Goregaon, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400065
Avg cost for 2: ₹500
What to eat: Chilly Chicken, noodles, crispy chicken
15. China Xpress, Thane
Tired of blowing away too much money to be able to eat good Chinese food? Not anymore. China Xpress in Thane west is easy on the pocket and bold in its authentic Chinese food. There’s plenty to choose from, fried rice, veggies and meat in delectable sauces of your choice. There are great desserts to end your meal on a sweet note as well! Choose from the famous Chinese dessert Honey Noodles or go for the classic Caramel Custard or yummy Banana Pankey.
Address: China Xpress, Shop No. 15, Wadachi Chawl, N.M.Joshi Marg, Lower Parel, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400013
Avg cost for 2: ₹450
What to eat: Chicken Pattaya, Chicken Wings, Custard, Spring Rolls.
16. East Asia – The Asian Fanfare, Borivali
The best way to sample and indulge in the Asian Fanfare here is to go for the Smart Lunch Menu! Both economical and absolutely delicious, you get to choose one soup, one starter, one bao, rice or noddles, veggies or meat in your choice of sauce AND one dessert ALL for ₹375. Perfect lunch date sorted. And also great for vegetarians with many variants to choose from.
Address: East Asia- The Asian Fanfare, 15, Om Satyam Niwas C.H.S.L, Off Shimpoli Road, Borivali West, Mumbai
Avg cost for 2: ₹1300
What to eat: Burnt Garlic Rice, Chili Paneer, Fried Ice Cream, Chocolate Sushi, Paneer Satay.
17. February 30, Oshiwara
February 30 is a luxurious Chinese food experience like no other. Apart from all the regular sauces and Chinese dishes you will find elsewhere also, this place has also got exotic and authentic Chinese dishes like Edamame rice. Why not tantalise your tastebuds with something new but also delicious and familiar?
Address: February 30, Shop 28, Ground Floor, Meera CHS Limited, Oshiwara Link Road, Oshiwara, Andheri West, Mumbai
Avg cost for 2: ₹ 2000
What to eat: Edamame Rice, a wide range of cocktails
18. Lemon Leaf, Bandra Talao
If you are a dumpling fan, then Lemon Leaf is for you. Crackling Chinese cuisine awaits you here with an assortment of dumplings, perfectly cooked meat and veggies in elaborate and delicious sauces with a hint of spice to give it that kick. So what are you waiting for?
Address: Lemon Leaf, Unit 106/107, Comet Building, Next to P.W.C. House, Opposite Bandra Talao, Bandra West, Bandra Talao, Bandra West
Avg cost for 2: ₹1200
What to eat: Chicken Satay, Dumplings, Chicken Laksa
19. The Red Turtle, Malad
All things Chinese and then some more to gorge on, The Red Turtle is bang on in terms of flavour, decor and the authentic nature of the dishes. It’s not just dumplings here but also the much sought after Chicken Teppanyaki and the favourite Tom Yum Soup. We say try it all, The Red Turtle leaves no scope to go wrong in its flavours.
Address: The Red Turtle, Shop 6 & 7, Ganga Niwas, Opposite Toyota Showroom, Link Road, Malad West, Mumbai
Avg cost for 2: ₹1500
What to eat: Chicken Teppanyaki, Dumplings, Tom Yum soup.
20. E.A.S.T – Sahara Star, Vile Parle
Now, this is where you will get a luscious Asian food affair with the best of the chefs cooking up a storm you will not want to hide away from. The Asian meals are crafted to perfection here and you have got to try it for yourself. What’s the one exciting dish which is going to blow your mind? Wasabi ice cream! Not for the faint-hearted.
Address: East Sahara Star, Hotel Sahara Star, Opposite Domestic Airport, Vile Parle East, Mumbai
Avg cost for 2: ₹4000
What to eat: Fragrant Chicken, Custard, Kung Pao Chicken, Wasabi Ice Cream
21. House Of Mandarin, Bandra
What’s even better than authentic Chinese food? A Wine Festival to complement those spicy flavours! And House Of Mandarin has got just that for you. Think crystal veg dimsums with white wine, crispy aromatic duck with red wine, and more. Enjoy a delectable meal paired with the perfect wine from a range of different wines by the bottle from all across the globe. Pick your pour to match your meal. Make your reservations now!
So how many have you explored yet?