China Times

Chomp Chinese before a City Centre cinema visit Reviews

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From Time Out Dubai Eating Out 2011

Many restaurants in shopping malls open out onto communal food courts packed with hyperactive children and agitated parents. Not so with China Times, located in Deira City Centre. Although nestled among other eateries, this gem still retains a restaurant feel and a character all of its own. Friendly staff combined with an extensive menu should provide enough variety for even the pickiest diner – and be prepared, the portions are huge: barring the soups, one dish could serve two hungry adults.

Crisp squid rings make for a good sharing platter before tucking into some hearty mains. When the lemon chicken arrives, be prepared to eat as one portion includes three juicy chicken breasts in a light, crisp batter punctuated with a sharp lemon sauce, providing a great balance of taste and texture. The sliced beef with spring onions and fragrant ginger is a triumph, as too is the fiery bok choi with chillies. There was not enough room left for dessert! The only real downside is the lack of a real Chinese atmosphere; American music piped through the speaker system and not a chopstick in sight will detract, but only if you are able to prise your eyes away from the feast before you.

By Time Out Dubai staff
Time Out Dubai,

Time Out reviews restaurants anonymously and pays for meals. Of course, we cannot guarantee the accuracy or independence of user reviews.


  • Location: Deira City Centre, Deira, Dubai
  • Tel: 04 295 2515
  • Travel: Port Saeed Road

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User reviews

  • Users voted this restaurant most suitable for: Family friendly

User reviews:

Posted by: evilfrog on 03 Nov ' 12 at 10:06
  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

one of the best Chinese restaurants in Dubai. Highly recomended

Posted by: Daniel Jason on 06 Oct ' 10 at 09:27
  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Very decent place with some pleasant staff. We would recommend the Spicy Tom Yum soup and Crispy Fried Squid Rings for starters.

The rice dishes can be chosen with either meat, egg or seafood. Meat or seafood side dishes can be ordered with the Chinese sauce of your choice too. Very decent portions in terms of quantity.

The pricing is very affordable for the satisfying quality of food served in comparison to the many so called 'star' outlets!!!
Great for dine in before a movie, after shopping or take away! Guilt free spending for sure!!!!!

Posted by: Chabs on 01 Aug ' 09 at 17:38
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

we went to china times to try their menu yesterday, and since we have an entertainer voucher, we are very excited to eat in this resto. however we are very disappointed fromt the beginning. the service was so cold and seems like they are happy that we were there,, we ordered braised seafood, mixed seafood sizzler and rice. the food was not good especially the braised seafood! and since we are not satisfied we decided to get the bill, since we have the entertainer voucher, we expected to pay less, but to our surprise, we paid the two main meal and they only less the rice we ordered! the voucher says free 1 main dish when you order one main dish. i cannot understand why they consider the rice as main dish!
We will not eat again to this restaurant! it sucks!

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