China Doll : the name has been very aptly chosen , for this restaurant has got all things right with the ambiance : Elegant dim lighting, sense of space, chairs meticulously designed resembling “doll” chairs, beautiful terrace garden and tall bamboo shoots and leaves to complete the look ! So much so that incidentally one of our youngest companions in the group had got her “Panda” soft toy to play along with, adding to the whole “China” feel, you see !
While the detailing super impressed me, the food was quite a mixed bag. The starters were brilliant, but our expectations had soared too high for the mains. We were expecting authentic stuff here, but some preparations were not all that great.
Starters : Mountain fish i.e. river sole wrapped in green chilli paste was an absolute delight having a subtle taste . Dimsums were decent. Dry Manchurian had the right dash of spice. Chicken Tai Chi was lovely with its crispness and mild spices.
Main Course : Now comes the part where I wasn’t much impressed. The noodles yes they got it right without spicing it up as many places tend to do. But Fried Fish in Spiced sauce was a tad too salty and lacked flavor. Similar was the case with Assorted Mix Veg in Black Bean sauce. Schewan sauce was the saving grace.
Mocktails were ok, as much as the description was inviting, “Death by Chocolate” was just fine. “Together” with its pineapple punch was nicely done.
China Doll is expensive, but an apt place for family gatherings with its lovely ambiance and good location. My only suggestion would be to give more attention to the main course preparations to become an absolute winner among the authentic Chinese restaurants in town !
Overall Rating : ***1/2