China Sea

This Old Dubai mainstay is popular with Chinese expats and does a roaring lunch trade

  • China Sea
An overload for the senses, this oddball restaurant in Deira is popular with Chinese expats and for good reason: you won’t get a more authentic mainland China dining experience in Dubai. A live seafood tank welcomes guests on entry, the decor is outlandish, the tables are covered in plastic and the vibe is casual and low-key. The menu is huge and offers delights including fried sea cucumber and vegetable and seafood steamed ‘gootey’ dumplings. The fried jellyfish is surprisingly tasty, the small and squiggly, rind-like tentacles marrying well with the wok-fried bean sprouts accompanying them. The mud crabs are pristinely fresh and considerably well-priced compared to other venues in the city; wok-fried and chilli-style they arrive with doughy bread to soak up the sweet, sticky sauce. Veggie options include a celery and cashew nut stir fried in garlic, which is cooked to absolute perfection. If you’re an adventurous eater, you can’t go wrong with this offbeat offering. China Sea
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By Time Out Dubai staff | 27 April 2015

Location: Deira - Dubai
Tel: 04 295 9816
Travel: Al Maktoum Street
Cuisine: Chinese
Experiences: Takeaway available, Family friendly
Times: Open daily 10.30am-midnight
Price range: Dhs200-349
Credit Cards Accepted: Yes

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  • YOYO jiang Jun 12, 2013 04:13 pm
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    As a Chinese ,i have tried all the Chinese restaurants in Dubai ,China Sea is on of the best ,from the location ,the price and environment,it;s amazing !
  • Aaron Mar 15, 2013 09:12 am
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    Cash only. Most authentic Chinese in the city.

    I have been going to this restaurant for years now. It isn't the fanciest place, and price reflects it. The staff is attentive and courteous, without being overbearing. The food is genuine Chinese, so if you are expecting Indo-China or American Chinese food, you will be in for a surprise. All of the food is very fresh (might have been alive when you walked in the door), and cooked just as it is in China.

    The low prices for the food means that I generally go with a group of friends for parties. The private rooms are great for this purpose, as it keeps the hustle of the main restaurant outside, so you can enjoy talking business, watching TV and relaxing, or even singing karaoke with your friends.

    One thing to keep in mind is that they only accept cash.
  • RKT Apr 08, 2012 06:20 am
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    I decided to try the restaurant ont he basis of the good reviews it had here.. I went there, was amazed at the prices.. wasnt sure what to order... finally ordered for fried rice, diced chicken with peanuts and sweet and sour prawns. All a disaster! Was expecting much better food, but what we got was boiled bland food, At the end of it, they dont even accept cards, only cash!
    Basically, ii believe it is typical chinese food not like the Indo-Chinese food, so Indians - Definitely not your kind of food!
  • Shahid Khan Aug 31, 2011 07:38 pm
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    We were a party of Ten and chose a private dining room. The staff was courteous and very friendly..... when one of our party called to ask for directions, one of the staff received the car at the main entrance and parked it for them.
    The food we ordered was served piping hot and was perfect. It was a delight to be able to eat authentic Chinese food in Dubai.... something that we could only have done in mainland China. In true Chinese style, the table was 'flooded' with dishes of vegetables, fish, chicken, duck, dumplings etc. etc. Everyone loved the experience which was a first for many in our party.
    Highly recommend it to everyone. Great value for money.
  • Carla Feb 07, 2011 10:46 am
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    it was only by chance we dine in this resto thats because china dragon located in abu hail was closed for Chinese new year for two days. It was my sons 10th month and we always celebrate it. We are already disappointed after seing the resto was close so we tried to find another chinese restaurant with doubts that it might be close for the same occassion. we headed to al maktoum road where another chinese resto is located and we are happy to see that the lights are on and people are dining. I have heard from friends about this resto but never had the chance to dine. So basically this is the first time and we i in particular was impressed by the taste of the food we ordered. We played safe ordered food that are familiar. We had chicken corn and hot and sour soup (not very fab though) prawn steamed damplings, egg fired rice, chicken noodle fry, chicken spring roll, sweet and sour chicken (with extra for take away), duck with pancakes. The food was good and I am satisfied to the point that I will come back for the food and the food alone. The service wasnt that bad, the guy was who serve on our table make sure everything was served and was very friendly. My verdict I will be back with friends and more friends and definitely with my family.

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