What – Chinese Cuisine, Buffet (Unlimited)

Where – 39, Ground and 1st Floor, Star City Serviced Apartments, Bazullah Road, T. Nagar, Chennai

( Other outlets present at Nungambakkam, OMR , Kotturpuram & Velachery )

When- 12 Noon to 3:00 PM, 7:30 PM to 11 PM

How Much –  Veg – Dinner (Mon-Fri) Rs. 535(approx. inclusive of taxes) Non Veg – Dinner, Rs. 590(approx. inclusive of taxes) – Non Veg – Lunch & Dinner ( Sat-Sun) Rs. 565(approx. inclusive of taxes) Non Veg – Lunch & Dinner ( Sat-Sun) Rs. 590

Must Have Dishes – Stir Fried Potatoes, Chicken Lollipops, vegetables in chilly basil sauce, Darsaan

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Mainland China Chennai Buffet Review

Defining Authentic Chinese Food!

If you are looking for authentic chinese food in Chennai, you will hear at least 1 in every 3 people suggesting Mainland China. This brand has indeed established a mini empire in India, considering the fact that we (Indians) have been patronizing Chinese food for years now. Amazing ambiance, cultured stuff and a decent menu is what you can expect when you are looking at giving the Mainland China Buffet a shot!

The Mainland China Buffet Story

The Starters

Soups in buffets are rarely extraordinary, but the hot & sour vegetable soup which I had at Mainland China was simply the best soup I’ve ever had. I’ve also tried their chicken soup which wasn’t bad either. The starters are served on the table and first to come in were the veg dimsums . I wasn’t a big fan of these bland chinese ‘kozhakattais’ but my friends seemed to like it. However, I loved the way they were served from the bamboo steamers. The chicken dimsums aren’t going to impress you either, if you are not a fan of bland food, but the sauces could always come to your rescue. The stir fried potatoes were probably the best among the starters. We simply couldn’t resist eating these tasty juicy potato pieces. Wontons were passable, pretty crispy and just the way they should be. The chicken lollipops were really tasty and they had really balanced the spiciness well. On the whole, the starters wouldn’t disappoint you at all. Most importantly, you should consider getting enough servings of your starters, for the main course doesn’t promise a huge spread. ;)

The Main Course

As mentioned above, the main course is not going to fascinate you with much variety , especially if you are a vegetarian. I liked the crispy noodles but wasn’t really happy with the ‘sweet sauce’ to go with it ( chopsuey style) . The hakka noodles (veg) was pretty impressive and it defined what authentic Chinese actually means with its flavor and taste. It went along pretty well with vegetables in chilly basil sauce , which I simply loved. It was probably the best Chinese side dish I’ve ever had. I tend to avoid greens/ raw veggies and the sight of brocolli in the wok fried greens didn’t tempt me to take much of it. The fried rice was bland and passable. Nothing really great about it. In  the non vegetarian section , the prawns were fabulous ( as told by my friend, I did not try it ) and again, if you love your sea food cooked in the Indian style, you aren’t going to relish this food much.

The Desserts

It’s a pretty simple dessert spread I should say. At stake are the assorted pastries ( strawberry and chocolate ) and they were yummy. I really enjoyed them although there’s nothing ‘Chinese’ about them. The darsaan was an instant hit, for I’d never tried them before. They were crispy and sweet all at the same time . You have two varieties of ice cream – vanilla and strawberry with the option of topping it with hot chocolate sauce. The ice creams were good except for the fact that the vanilla ice cream had small icicles in it which made it taste like our ordinary road side ice creams.

Service

There’s not much you can complain against these smart guys dressed to perfection and are at your service almost instantly ( you need their help only for the soup and starters though ). There were a few instances where we had to wait for quite some time to get the second and third serving of starters , but overall, the service is not something that is going to disappoint you at Mainland China.

The Price

Considering the brand and the authenticity of its food, Mainland China offers this buffet at a pretty competitive price , but the greedy heart in you is probably left asking for a slightly bigger spread ( especially with the vegetarian main course and desserts ). However, this price is still pretty competitive when compared to Mainland China’s competitors.

The Final Word 

I frankly do not want to compare Mainland China with Wang’s Kitchen or any other Chinese food outlet mainly because of the fact that the quality, service and most importantly the ‘cuisine’ is a level above the rest. This review wouldn’t be fair if I fail to mention a word about the ambiance, which is scintillating and you are really going to feel comfortable and amazed by the Chinese themed decor and separators. In a nutshell, if you love Chinese food, Mainland China is one of the best options that you count on in Chennai, as of today.

PS: This review is for Mainland China, T.Nagar.

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Mainland China Chennai Buffet Review
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