In need of a noodle and rice fix Time Out went in search of the best Chinese takeaways in Dubai.
China Garden 5/7 Takeaway for two, Dhs100-200
We don’t know how long China Garden has been open, but it’s definitely more than the 10 years we’ve been visiting. Consistency is key to this long-running success. While nothing leaps off the plate, they’re efficient with your order and prompt with delivery. All the staples are present and correct – and for modest prices too. We like to splash out on the lobster with hot ginger sauce. That or the duck, which can be a tad tough, but what would you expect for Dhs28? A word of warning: only order one portion of rice. The rising cost of food staples hasn’t prevented China Garden from doling out huge tubs of the stuff. The verdict? Cheap and cheerful, but good TV dinner fodder. Favourites include prawn crackers, moist Peking duck, and a decent range of lobster dishes that you can actually trust.
China Garden, Safa Centre, Jumeirah (04 394 3434), Other locations: Karama (04 396 5884), Desert Springs (04 340 0399), Al Mina Road (04 398 3380)
Won Ton House 5/7 Takeaway for one, Dhs50-100
With no online menu to peruse, we had to order blind over the phone, but what arrived didn’t disappoint. Chicken wings came coated in a lurid shade of red with a flavour reminiscent of the Colonel’s finest – more South Carolina than southern China (and just as finger lickin’ good). Slightly more on-message was the vegetable hot ’n’ sour soup and the spicy chicken Szechwan – although the glossy viscosity of both suggested they weren’t strangers to some of man’s more synthetically made ingredients. All in all though, what it lacked in authenticity it more than made up for in taste. A good, nothing-in-the-fridge-I-fancy home-delivery option.
Won Ton House, Al Kawakeb building, Sheikh Zayed Road, (04 343 8777). Free delivery.
Oriental Kitchen 3/7 Takeaway for one, Dhs50-100
‘Dream different dreams while on the same bed,’ goes the ancient Chinese proverb we discovered on a journey through, well, Google. It certainly rings true at Oriental Kitchen which, as the name implies, promises a pan-Asian experience to suit most tastes. Those concentrating on Chinese fair won’t be jilted by the ‘Hearts Desire’ dim sum here: six steamed parcels of delicate shrimp, chicken and veg served with a piquant chilli/soy sauce on a trimmed bamboo leaf (presentation is everything, even when it’s hidden in a box). Hong Kong style udon is less successful: the flavourless black mushrooms, shrimp and flaccid pak choi doing precious little to enliven the sloppy noodles. Chicken and sweetcorn soup, which can all too often stray into mega-gelatinous Jabba the Hutt territory, is among the best we’ve had in Dubai, however: sweet, light and reviving.
Oriental Kitchen, Garhoud Views building, near the Aviation Club (04 283 2665)