In search for Chinese

Chinese food, that is. Ever since eternity Chinatown in Clifton has been the place to devour noodles for me and my family. But our recent experience left us with a bitter taste in our mouth, literally. Not only the food lacked the quality and taste that Chinatown was once famous for, the staff was unable to handle the large number of people anxious to eat some Chinese (food). On top of that, they messed up our order and then the bill was miscalculated. At that point we decided never to go there again.

Now I have to find another Chinese resturant before my family starts craving for Chinese again. I like Tai Pen at PC but buffet is not an option since we have people of all ages. So what else is out there?

22 Comments so far

  1. Afreen (unregistered) on June 27th, 2006 @ 12:04 pm

    Umar, I was about to write a review about Peking, opposite saylani trust near Music City at Bahadurabad. I dunno if that’s a family affair or not but you can check that out.

    The food is cheaper and not too bad. Of course the stairs creak while you go to the upper floor but the environment is OK enough and service is not that bad.

    Somebody knows how Kowloon is? Never tried that.


  2. Khurram Farooq (unregistered) on June 27th, 2006 @ 12:41 pm

    I’ve always been partial to Chinese food, and as such been on the same quest as you, Umar.

    In my opinion, the best Chinese food in Karachi at this time is available at Yuan Tung, which is in the lane just before Snoopy’s on Tariq Road. There are 2 Chinese restaurants opposite each other, one is Little Chinese and one is Yuan Tung.

    The food at Yuan Tung is yummy, and not too hard on the pocket. I’d say it comes down to around 300rs per person, even less if you have more than 3 people. One word of advice, try not to go there on Saturday night, as the place is small and packed, and I have seen that their service is just not that good when they have a lot of people all at once.

    As Afreen said, Peking at Bahadurabad is also popular, but I went there once and didn’t enjoy it all that much.

    Btw, you can also refer to this post: http://karachi.metblogs.com/archives/2005/03/chinese_food.phtml


  3. eluxzion (unregistered) on June 27th, 2006 @ 12:45 pm

    umar, i would have to agree with you re China Town. Last i went there was over a year ago, and the taste had been ridiculous. My earlier experience was otherwise, hence my visits continued till the last.

    I might try out the ones that have been suggested by Afreen and Khurram, as we all crave for good food…

    Thanks for the suggestions you too… i’m already feeling hungry :P


  4. Turab (unregistered) on June 27th, 2006 @ 12:45 pm

    Try Dynasty in Avari towers and don’t forget to order honey something chicken wings. its pricey but the food is/used to be TAAP CILAASS…
    Kowloon’s experience, I found a hair once…. could be mere accident and they did replace it immediately (kinda funny cuz i was about to finnish it when i found the hair and then we got another full plate for free) hahaha………

    damn i need to do more hunting of chinese resturaunts, also try some thai resturaunt! great food……with lotssss of ISHPIESH!


  5. Amber (unregistered) on June 27th, 2006 @ 12:53 pm

    yeah Dynasty @ Avari is the best but pricey tho… and the best Thai Rest here I would recomend is Baan Thai @ Zamzama :)


  6. mansoor (unregistered) on June 27th, 2006 @ 2:12 pm

    Khurram mentioned this restaurant called Little China… A word of caution… NEVER EVER go there! not only does it have the worst food i’ve ever had… you get stale vegetables when you order fresh vegetables.. tough meat and hard noodles… they also have the worst customer service ever. We told them that we their food was not upto quality… their reply “if you dont like it, dont eat it”! And then they started a shouting match with my father! it was all i could do not to bash in the head of their so called manager into the nearest wall!


  7. Mr Profanity (unregistered) on June 27th, 2006 @ 3:08 pm

    You noodle craving bastards can also try Ming Court or china ming both at khadda market. Recommended Entree` Kung Pao Chicken.


  8. Discreet Madness (unregistered) on June 27th, 2006 @ 4:01 pm

    Yuang Tung (Tariq Road) is excellent, and so is dynasty. Try Suzy Wong (Marriot), if on a budget, or when treating others.

    Yeah, I agree with the rest on China Town. The last time i went there, they served me prawns that weren’t even deveined … it was gross. It’s one thing to eat filthy as Burns’ Road kebabs, and not mind it, but hey, you don’t want to see black lines running thru your prawns.


  9. Zain (unregistered) on June 27th, 2006 @ 4:20 pm

    There was once a nice restaurant at Saddar called “ABC”. ABC does not exist anymore but had you ever tried their food?

    That place was my favourite for chinese stuff. These days, it’s Suzy Wong and Tai Pan..


  10. Mr Profanity (unregistered) on June 27th, 2006 @ 4:51 pm

    Jade Garden and its butterfly prawns, fuckin beautiful!


  11. Khurram Farooq (unregistered) on June 27th, 2006 @ 4:57 pm

    Discreet Madness: You some kind of millionaire? You said “Try Suzy Wong (Marriot), if on a budget, or when treating others”. Are you even aware that Suzy Wong charges 750rs per person for a buffet. I wouldn’t consider going there when on a budget. I’m pretty certain most other people will agree.


  12. Zainuddin Zafar (unregistered) on June 27th, 2006 @ 5:36 pm

    Yuang tung is expensive. Little china isn’t as bad as the person describes it to be. We go there all the time and love it! Peking spring rolls are simply the best.


  13. Kumail (unregistered) on June 27th, 2006 @ 5:53 pm

    someone said ABC – it rocked! they have a KFC there now how sad is that!
    Yuan Tung and Jade Garden have always been two of my favorite spots.


  14. Mariam (unregistered) on June 28th, 2006 @ 11:21 am

    Oops, I’ve submitted my comment on a wrong post. Umar feel free to delte it. I’ve already submitted it at Khurram’s latest post.

    As about Chinese, my vote goes to Dynasty in Avari Towers. It is expensive but worth every paisa. There should be others where one doesn’t feel bankrupt after eating a meal.


  15. asima (unregistered) on June 28th, 2006 @ 12:39 pm

    sweet n sour across salt n pepper village at sea view is a little bit high on prices but surely worth it


  16. ny (unregistered) on June 28th, 2006 @ 12:56 pm

    Amazing chinese food but on ‘delivery’ only. dunno if it delivers to all parts of khi but yes surely clifton and defence areas. name: chairman mao. amazing quality. phone number: 5837777. do give it a try.

    p.s: no i ahve absolutely no affiliation with this chinese outlet.


  17. misha (unregistered) on June 28th, 2006 @ 12:56 pm

    Asima, went to Sweet and sour recently. Environment is nice, very athmospheric, except for the indian movie music (for some reason, in a chinese restaurant). Food is not too pricey and adequate, but has a lot way to go to compare with some of the top chinese places in karachi in their hay-day.


  18. sid (unregistered) on June 28th, 2006 @ 3:26 pm

    the soups at tang nun are the best ever.
    and the wonderful thing abt the suzie wong buffet is that u can have as many prawns as u want. and they R yummylicious!!


  19. Ramla A. (unregistered) on June 28th, 2006 @ 3:43 pm

    I can’t remember for the life of me the names, but there are several tiny Chinese restaurants on Tariq Road. Somewhere behind the main road.

    The one I checked out was bedecked with a Chinese shingles roof top (shangrila style), and had a gracious Chinese host. The place was very private and beautiful, and it was very economical. We were embarrassed to see such large portions, and having to get most of it packed off. The bill for three: 700-800 bucks.

    The breakfast next day at home was awesome!


  20. qu3st (unregistered) on June 29th, 2006 @ 10:13 am

    there is one restaurant in north nazimabad named mei kong.ive been goin there for the last 16 years and the food is mouth watering.the prawns are yummy,anything ordered arrives fresh.do check it out.


  21. Umer Zaman (unregistered) on June 29th, 2006 @ 1:02 pm

    Amber, mentioned ban thai a while back.. no one commented on that..
    i have had a horrible experience there
    went there for lunch..
    Those #@%!$ are charging a regular high class rate for everything and the place suxxx
    there table cloth is ancient, even has holes at places.. its cleaned/washed at a very cheap laundy or maybe there own washing machine and besides being not very clean, it has a smell to it.. the cuttlery is so old that you actually start to think if ur sitting in a dhabba at highway or zamzama..
    every single plate is so scratched that its unbelievable.. they have been washed and used so many times that the print doesnt exist anymore and the glare that those plates had at one time is present in spots..
    As far as food is concerned if you tell em to keep the flavour mild, it’ll still be pretty hot.. i dont think they care wat you say.. they add the flavour they usually add irrespective of if you want it hot or mild..
    Waiters didnt really care much about us.. ordered food they brought almost all of it but forgot our rice.. then finally when they brought it, it wasnt enough.. told em to bring more.. and it came after we were done with the food..
    it was all and all a horrible experience
    im not going back even if someone pays me money to eat there..


  22. Umer Zaman (unregistered) on June 29th, 2006 @ 1:11 pm

    FUJIYAMA !
    is amazingggg
    recommendations:
    try spicy fried sashimi from starters or the regular spicy sashimi in full course meal
    SUSHI is veryyyyyyyy well done..
    there Teryaki chicken is amazing every time i’ve had it..

    As long as u’ve made reservation or ur a regular customer you’ll get a good seat.. you might have to sit on the counter if its neither.. even that aint that bad.. they make alot of stuff right infront of you and it still tastes good
    Besides choker roti, brown bread minced meat sandwich and farooj chicken at Damascus.. this is one of the healthier places you enjoy eating at..



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