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China Sea, Deira
Highly Commended for Best Chinese
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With a buzz of Beijing and a shake of Shanghai, as anyone who’s ever been to China will tell you, stepping inside China Sea isn’t a world away from the Far East itself. Expect to find a whirlwind of activity as families debate loudly at dinner tables, waitresses squeal orders in hasty Mandarin while sizzling sounds and exotic smells waft from the kitchen. With a huge menu of traditional specialities – helpfully annotated with photos – there’s something to suit every palate, from the nervous novice to niggling native. What’s more, it’s all as authentic as it is reasonably priced. It might not be the most relaxing spot to share a quiet moment, but for an authentic experience, longstanding classic China Sea remains a must-do for all.
Cash only. Open daily 11am-2am. Near Clocktower Roundabout, Deira (04 295 9816).


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