- Divya Unnikrishnan
indeed a rare opportunity to sample authentic Chinese
cuisine in India, let alone in Hyderabad. But thanks
to Mainland China, you actually can do so.
The restaurant, right from its food to the speed
of service and interior decor, subscribes to exacting
Mainland China was born a year ago in the posh locales
of Banjara Hills. Brought to Hyderabad by Aryal
Chatterjee, a Mumbai based businessman, there
is a Mainland China in Mumbai, Bangalore and Calcutta.
In Mumbai, the company even runs a restaurant that
has only fish on the menu.
But let's get back to Mainland China in Hyderabad
and sample the food. There's some delicious kimchi-
spiced cabbage, on the table. Something that
doesn't sound so great but can really fire your
appetite. Just what you need before you start whetting
it with some Hot Chicken Soup, crisp Lamb
Konjee or the Prawn Hunan. Moving onto
the main course. The fried rice is well made and
it's perfect when coupled with a simple Chicken
and Mushroom in Oyster Sauce or Lamb Slices
in spicy hot Bean Sauce. Fish lovers can go
for the Bekhti (Sliced Fish).
What's truly amazing about this restaurant
is the speed of service. The hot, steaming food
arrives so fast, that you wonder if they had pre-guessed
your order. The desserts served here are a teaser
to the taste buds. You must order a Daarsasaan,
a sweet dish of flat rice tossed in honey or
the Date Wanton Pancake. The food does cost
a bit but then all is fair when there's good food
on the table.
But how come the food tastes so fine? Assistant
Manager, Latish Nair, is quick to point out,
"Our chefs are from Hongkong. Besides we believe
in serving only fresh food. The sea food served
here is flown from Mumbai everyday." Fresh,
delicious, well made, yummy… a whole list of adjectives
come to you at the beginning of your meal and linger
long after the meal is over, just like the tasty
food. Can a restaurant ask for more? Can a lover
of Chinese food ask for better?
Address: Mainland China, G S Plaza, 8-2-672,
Mehdi Nawaz Jung Marg, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad
Phone: 330-4500 / 330-4600 / 330-4700,
Contact Person: Latish Nair