The concept of Fine dining in Bombay is ever growing. This is because we have been demanding for good food a lot and we don’t mind shelling money for it. Royal China is one such place which serves authentic Cantonese cuisine and promises you to have an amazing time as they’ve been doing it since the past 14 years! Yes, they’ve been here for a very long time and hence you can trust them.

 

Location and proximity from Station:

Royal China is located in Fort, behind Sterling Cinema. It’s a 10 minute taxi ride away from Churchgate station and just a 5 minute walk away from CST station.

 

 

 

Ambiance and seating:

When I entered this place on a Monday evening at 9pm, it was almost packed. They have a place which can easily seat around 70 people. They have a private dining space too which has 2 tables that can seat 12 on each table. The lighting is a bit dim and also there is no space congestion as such.

Food and Drinks (Appetizers):

We got to try 3 types of dim sums and 3 appetizers along with 2 cocktails per person.

Godfather: A classic whisky based cocktail which never ever disappoints me. I always try the whisky based cocktails wherever I go and this was amazing as it should be. A must have!

Mai-Tai: Mai Tai is usually a white rum based cocktail with more fruit in it. Unfortunately here the rum was overpowered and hence it felt more like a fruity mocktail. Maybe an off day but they can certainly improve on this.

Daiquiris: I had the kiwi version of this. Tastes really good.

Old Fashioned: Another whisky based cocktail. Similar to the Godfather and yes, similar is my review for it too. It’s too good and strong in taste. Not for the faint hearted.

Prawn Crab-meat and Black Pepper Dumpling: I’m really surprised with what they have achieved here. This dumpling had the right amount of meat and pepper which balanced well. It is not spicy and has a good taste.

Chicken and Chive dumpling: My verdict for this is OK-ok. Unfortunately I’m to blame for this. We’ve tried so many chicken dumplings with masala that our taste buds are used to it. I continuously kept comparing it to the ones I’ve had elsewhere and this couldn’t live up to it. But overall it’s still good.

Wild Mushroom Crystal Dumpling: I’m surprised to say this but this was the best dumpling of the night. Yes, the staff recommended this and we are glad we listened to them. It’s soft, tender, non-spicy and has a good taste.

Smoked shredded chicken: The Cantonese cuisine is more dry than gravy options and hence the shredded chicken here felt like the dry chicken pieces which we have as appetizers. It’s decent no doubt but without any sauce/dips to accompany it, it will definitely feel more dry.

Tenderloin in Truffle Oil: Yes, this was a revelation. The tenderloin was well cooked and the meat was tender. It did not take much effort for me to keep chewing it for a long time. Tastes good.

Steamed prawns with Garlic: A must have for those who like prawns. The prawns here are accompanied with soy sauce and garlic. The overall result is an awesome prawns dish.

 

Main Course:

Egg Fried Rice – Chicken Fried Soya Noodles: We were provided with a vegetable gravy and a sauteed whole garoupa fish. To accompany those were egg fried rice which is nothing but wok tossed rice with egg. Trust me, this is the best egg fried rice I’ve ever tried this year for sure. Soya noodles were decent but can be avoided.

Shaolin Monks Vegetable Pot: This pot has a lot of exotic veggies mixed with sauces that is perfect for you to end the night here. This is more on the sweeter side and if you prefer a non spicy dish, this is what you can try!

Garoupa fish – I loved their style of serving an entire fish on a huge platter. This was served topped with ginger, red chilies and spring onion on a base of soy sauce. Amazing and a must have for those who like their fish.

Desserts:

Mud Cake with Ice cream: They can never go wrong in food and drinks. Hence expecting them to make a mistake in desserts is a crime. The chocolate mud cake was well made. It was thick and very tasty. To accompany this was vanilla ice cream. It complimented the mud cake well.

Steamed Buns with Creamy custard: This is an unusual dessert and I must recommend you try this. The bun is steamed and there is a creamy custard filling inside. Yes, it’s a bit warm but that does not take the taste away.

Conclusion:

Overall, I have visited a few fine dining places this year and Royal China definitely deserves one of the top spots. They’re really good with the food, drinks, desserts and also with their hospitality. The staff here needs a special mention.

For the time I was there, I noticed all the time the staff were on their toes and looked around if the diners needed something. This is commendable.

Indeed they are on the costlier side as every dish will cost you over 450. But that should not stop you from visiting this place once a while as the food is worth it.

 

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Art House is located at the lobby level of Fern Residency in Chembur.

There’s a good level of ambiance, a decent portion of both Indian and International cuisine.

They also have a buffet menu all week.

I happened to visit this place with a friend and we’re glad we got to try the food here.

 

 

Location and proximity from Station:

Firstly, this place is not more than a 10 minute rickshaw ride from Chembur station.

Also, if you want to try the Mono rail option, that would take you almost the same time right from walking from the station to the monorail and reaching the restaurant.

 

Ambiance and seating:

The Art House is located on the lobby level of the Fern Residency.

They have a fully stocked bar to the right and the tables to the left.

They can seat around 20-30 people with ease.

Also, there’s no space congestion as such and the buffet spread is at the far end of the lobby.

 

 

 

 

 

Food and Drinks (Appetizers):

Although they have a buffet spread, their menu also has a lot of variety right from Indian to Chinese to Continental and also good choices for cocktails, mock-tails and desserts.

Here’s what we tried;

Fern Garden: This gin based cocktail has a lot of lime juice and sugar syrup but less of Bombay Sapphire Gin. If the gin had more quantity, it could have overpowered the drink altogether. Maybe an off day, but they can surely improve on this.

 

Manhattan: This bourbon whisky based cocktail is true to its word. It’s bitter. But has a peculiar taste which a whisky lover would like to try.

Apple Mojito: We tried both; the alcoholic and the non-alcoholic mojitos. Both were amazing and must be tried. The combination of alcohol with mint and soda always works.

Chicken Tandoori: I like my tandoori and the taste too. Here I was made to wait over 20 minutes for it to arrive. But the wait was worth every penny. It was grilled perfectly and also had the regular taste of tandoori which we crave for. Recommended.

Arabic Mezze Platter: I always like trying the mezze platter. The hummus, moutabel and pita bread with olives is a combination people must try experimenting with. Yes, it’s possible you might not like it on the first try, but slowly it does creep into you. Here, the platter was decent but they could get better taste wise.

Lal Mirch Ka Paneer Tikka: Now for those who like Paneer, this one’s a must have. The paneer was soft, had all the masala along with bell peppers,onion and pudina chutney for company.

Main Course:

Parsley crusted Basa with Dill Cream Sauce: Grilled fish with a creamy textured sauce and steamed rice for company. There are veggies too served which was the highlight for me. The dish overall is complete and must be tried.

Ham and Cheese grilled Chicken: One of the best dishes of the day. Boneless chicken pieces stuffed and also served with ham sauce and cheese. Here too there are veggies for company. Overall, such dishes are a must on every table.

Desserts:

We tried 2 of the 6 options present in the menu.

Chocolate Ring Fruit custard: Perhaps their best choice on the menu. Fruits blended with custard has a delicious taste. This custard is stuffed within a chocolate glass type structure. Loved it totally.

Moong Dal Halwa: I tried this as my friend likes it. This one’s on the heavier side. Tasty and a must for those who like it.

Conclusion:

In conclusion, I like this place. Art House has a good menu and also good buffet options for you to have a good time with your family.

Yes they can definitely work out on their cocktails. Otherwise it’s quite decent

Pricing for their buffet menu: (Monday to Saturday)

Lunch – 635++

Dinner – 720++

 

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For this week’s challenge, the theme is HEAT.

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My choice for this week’s theme is a dessert named “Baked Alaska”

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