After a long time visited this restaurant called ‘Mainland China’ near Indiranagar flyover (of-course in Bangalore) recently. It was a friday and its not my first time here, probably 4th visit. I have always enjoyed the food here in the past and hence we chose this place for lunch. Somehow missed to review this restaurant in my blog and hence here it comes :). One more addition to ‘Explore Bangalore‘ series!
Though it is less than a kilometer from our office, we were fully packed in two cars. The restaurant provides valet parking and never faced an issue with parking there though it is right next to the fly over. We had a prior booking for 15 people, because of which we didn’t waste any time waiting for the table. Ambiance has been great as usual. Very nice cozy place when it comes to interiors. The best thing about this restaurant is they take care of your personal preference to find you right place to separate out smoker and non-smoker groups since this place is spread in 3 floors including ground floor. This is the first time we were offered a table in second floor! This floor isn’t that great when compared to ground and first floor interiors.
I have always enjoyed the variety of soups here. Since we had opted for a buffet lunch, hot and sour chicken soup was served this time and it was good as usual. However, my veggie friends were not that happy with Sichuan Hot And Sour Soup since it was too spicy. Starters included a variety of both veg and non veg dimsums followed by spring rolls. As usual some delicacies made of baby corn, potatoes, mushrooms, broccoli and other vegetables. Non veg starters include chicken pieces soaked and fried in chilly sauce and lamb meat balls. The quality and taste of food has certainly deteriorated over time. I wasn’t that impressed with food this time.
Main course spread was just one variety each for fried rice and noodles. Though the non veggies had a variety of gravy options, the same wasn’t true for veggies. When a one of our friend got fed up of the variety and asked for ‘curd rice’ in a Chinese restaurant! However, the desserts were good which I like the most :). Looks like the waiters realized the fact that we weren’t that happy with main course and hence he bought ice creams specially for us! The price has gone up to 350/- per head from 230/- a year back, at the same time taste and varieties have taken inverse trend. Probably, I wouldn’t visit/recommend this place if you are taking along any guests. My rating would 3/5 with the current state of functioning.