The city of Bengaluru never ceases to amaze me as there is no dearth of restaurants especially Chinese ones. Inspite of which, we have new ones opening every other week and one such restaurant is China Bistro. Though I couldn’t make it for their launch, I did get a chance to have a leisure meal with the hubby on a weekday. To my surprise, most tables were occupied which was probably shows how well they have been received in the city.
China Bistro is located in the same building as the popular Glocal in one of the premium locations in the city. The first glimpse of the restaurant gives you a feel of entering the forbidden land with the Chinese Samurai’s flanking the front doors. The over all decor is subtle and minimalistic yet with its own charm.
The restaurant in itself has a laid back atmosphere with the central bar counter being the main attraction. One side of the bar also serves as a live dimsum and sushi counter. This was something different from the usual as I love Dimsums and getting a chance to watch it being made was an additional thrill.
While China Bistro may sound predominantly like a Chinese cuisine affair, they also have other Asian crowd favorites. Our meal started with a few cocktails such as The Great Wall, Wild China, Pommes Cup and The Optimist, all suggested by their bartender. Personally, I loved the Great Wall and it’s presentation was top notch. The Optimist was my hubby’s choice and I would consider that the next best among the cocktails.
The appetizers in the menu may seem a little mind – boggling at first, but I wouldn’t fault them as they have a good mix of the crowd favorites as well some speciality ones too. We decided to try a dish from different sections of the appetizer menu starting with the Lobster Dumplings with XO Beurre Blanc. It’s essentially beetroot juice Dimsum with lobster, garlic and exotic spices which was the perfect way to get the meal started. Another appetizer which was my hubby’s selection was the Grilled Fish Fillet in Hoisin Hot Garlic Sauce which literally melted in the mouth.
The Singapore Chilli prawns and Fire Roasted Mandarin Chicken were loaded with flavour though a bit too crisp for my liking. Our starters were the highlight of the meal, with an array of different dishes served each attempting to surpass the other in expectations.
Our main course was a smaller affair, with us sticking to Fortune Fried Rice, General Tao’s Favourite Chicken and Steamed fish in Chilli. All the dishes ordered were spot on with the honours going to the General Tao’s Chicken, a dish I would definitely recommend.
Though we decided to skip dessert, we were recommended to try their Caramel Custard which ended our meal on a right note.
China Bistro brings back some good memories and makes me want to indulge that nostalgia all over again.
Address : Ashwini Complex, 2986, 12th Main Rd, HAL 2nd Stage, Indiranagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560038 Ph: 080 49653098