Restaurant Review #2: Yuan Tung

Although the Chinese restaurant has been around for the longest of times, I went there for the first time last night. And now I wonder what took me so long. I haven’t been able to think of a single major negative aspect of my dining experience at Yuan Tung.

The place is located off Tariq Road, on the street opposite Rehmat-e-Shireen sweets shop.

There was a 30 minute wait at the entrance, which we are getting used to in Karachi, specially on weekends. Once seated, the first thing to notice was ambience and atmosphere. I would rate it as average, as I have been to better places. The aroma of Chinese cuisine was a bit annoying at first, but soon our senses adapted to it. The menu was reasonably priced and can be well compared with other fine Chinese outlets in the city. The good thing about them was that they served the food in a very timely manner (less than 15 mins), despite the place being jam packed. The quality of food was overall pretty good, though some key dishes were lacking in their menu. I was told that Yuan Tung was the most authentic Chinese food restaurant in Karachi. I don’t know about that. How can you say the food is authentic without having tasted the actual thing? It’s all part of marketing gimmicks.

I would recommend Yuan Tung to all Chinese food lovers. It’s a must have experience at least once. And if you liked it there is no harm going there again whenever you crave for some Chinese.

Rating: 8 out of 10

10 Comments so far

  1. Anathema (unregistered) on September 11th, 2006 @ 2:43 pm

    i personally opine a place must be tested for its specialities rather than the regulars. Yuan Tung’s squid and other less desi more exotic sea food items are indeed delicious. There are better tofu and shitake based mushroom soups available at other places. The chicken with vegetables was good: with peas, ebans, corn and other herbs. what makes them better is the not-very-greasy-or-corn-starchy style of serving food.

    good chinese is difficult to find. they’ve got decent food, if not scrumptious.

  2. Karachi (unregistered) on September 11th, 2006 @ 3:00 pm



  3. Kashif (unregistered) on September 11th, 2006 @ 3:53 pm

    What about menu, prices, service.

  4. shobz (unregistered) on September 11th, 2006 @ 4:17 pm

    yuang tung is really good. i have been going there since God knows when. There was a time when the quality of their meals went down. Its much better now.

  5. K.A. (unregistered) on September 11th, 2006 @ 5:56 pm

    Yeah man its awesome!. I’ve been going there regularly for like 15 years or more. The one right opposite though quite new is equally awesome ‘ Little China ‘. If there’s a long wait at Yuan Tung, go to Little China. Its as good.

  6. UnholySaint (unregistered) on September 11th, 2006 @ 9:02 pm

    Wow that place is still around huh? I recall going there when I was a kid! Dont remmeber how the food was. But if you are gonna go for Chinese, someone should mention SUZI WONG at the Marriot. Put aside price, their food is really good! and its Buffet!

  7. Anathema (unregistered) on September 11th, 2006 @ 10:00 pm

    Suzie Wong is terribly desi. I think Dynasty and Tai Pan have far better food.

  8. Ahmed (unregistered) on September 12th, 2006 @ 9:46 am

    do they fortune cookies too?

  9. untamed-desires (unregistered) on September 12th, 2006 @ 2:57 pm

    i lov that place! its indeed the bestest chinese for me in Khi. Ambience is nothing special n better to avoid on weeknights when its packed. Try their ‘steam-boat’ soup. Delicious.Iv been gng there ever since it opened….n i hear good comments from everyone so it means their food doing well in my absence too :)
    Also, another chinese good food was at Peking-Bahadurabad. Is it still as good?

  10. Teeth Maestro (unregistered) on September 13th, 2006 @ 1:04 am

    Yuan Tuag is also known as Peter Ka Chinese ;) when I heard it I was like which restaurant are you talking about but then was surprised to learn Peter is the name of the cook AND the restaurant closes at 10/10:30 so hence no late nighters

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