My friend Jhonna is a restaurant critique. She and her husband Dennis love to dine in many restaurants in Muscat. Lately, most of our family dining escapades are influenced by their reviews. One of the café she had recommended to us is the China Town Restaurant in Al Khoud.
The China Town Restaurant is located along the commercial corner of Al Khoud right next to the first small roundabout. It sits beside the Tropical Subway, Tea Corner, and other dining outlets. This restaurant looks small and narrow from the outside. But, oh boy! We are totally in awe when we get inside and see a beautifully designed interior with nice bright cushioned setting area in contrasting colors of bloody red and apple green. It occupies two floors, which the upper floor is ideal for large groups and families.
We came to the place on Thursday night for a family dinner and scout a dining space that is exclusive for families. The room is very cozy, well-lighted with Chinese lamps and the walls are adorned with Chinese windows and roofs made of bamboos. It’s very artistic indeed. I also like the abstract paintings hang on the walls. They are silk curtains that separate in between the long stretch of red cushioned couch.
At first, we are served with Hot Tea (1.000 OMR), a typical herbal drink of the Chinese.
The menu in here is almost similar to many Chinese Restaurants owned and managed by Indians in Muscat. Most vegetarians will love this place because of their variety of appetizers, soup, rice paddies, main course, and desserts that are ideal for this group of diners. Since we love to eat meat like duck and chicken we selected most of the non-vegetarian menu.
We begin with the bowls of vegetable Wonton Soup and Sweet Corn Chicken Soup each cost 1.000 OMR. Since the servings are full, we divided the soups into four bowls.
For the starter, we have the Sweet and Sour Crispy Chicken (2.300 OMR) that is a dish of deep fried boneless chicken pieces coated in crunchy batter and served with sweet and sour sauce.
My husband tried the Pan Fried Ducks (2.800 OMR) as one of our main course. It contains bits of shredded duck meat and mostly contains a mix of vegetables like baby corn, spring onions, mushrooms, red cabbage and lettuce fried in an olive oil. My husband expects a lot of duck meat but with I guess it just equally worth with its price.
The Fish Mandarin (2.300 OMR) has tuna meat that are cooked with gravy sauce and bits of red bell pepper, spring onion, and mushrooms. The tuna meat is soft and comes in a good taste of the gravy sauce.
The Tofu in Szechuan Sauce (1.900 OMR) is a bit spicy with red tomato sauce, capsicum, cauliflower, and some special herbs. My kids and I are not really into spicy foodies so we simply parcel what’s left in the platter for my husband’s dinner meal at home.
There’s also the Triple Szechuan with Rice and Crispy Noodles (2.700 OMR) that I love the rice in orange color.
Every food menu we have tried is good but doesn’t really fulfill our expectations of authentic CHINESE cuisine. In total we ordered 2 teas, 2 soups, 1 starter, 3 main, 1 rice, and 1 large bottle of water. Our bill came to RO 15.300. A very affordable price for tastier Chinese food.
The service at the restaurant is good where the staffs are warm and friendly.
In the end, we enjoy our regular Family Thursdate night!