29 Reviews / 32 Ratings
Review of Weekday Buffet....
I joined a couple of friends for a buffet lunch in Mainland China on a weekday afternoon. I came in early and spent a few minutes sipping Jasmine tea awaiting my friends. The restaurant as usual was spic and span, tables well laid and the buffet was neatly lined up on one side.
The buffet had two sections veg and non-veg separated by the salad items. Each had about 6 items (2 rice/noodles, and 4 main courses). In Mainland China, for the buffet they will serve the soups and starters on the table whereas the rest are to be taken by the customer from the buffet table.
Soon my friends arrived and we started off. The soup, a chicken and egg soya soup was nothing fancy but the starters were what I liked. There were both chicken and veg dumplings and they were nicely prepared going well with the assortment of dips served on the table. One of us asked and got a special mustard based dip with it too. The best of the starters was the perfectly prepared Drums of heaven chicken drumsticks glazed in honey. This warranted a second helping.
After a brief flirting with the starters I embarked on my main love, the non-veg section of the buffet. What first caught my attention was the Crab in black pepper sauce. The local crabs were soft with a lot of meat inside, and the black pepper sauce went famously with Sichuan Mixed meat Fried Rice. The fried rice was good in taste, but I could not find any mixed meat apart from chicken.
The Burnt Garlic Noodles was very well prepared with a distinctive flavor. The boneless Sichuan Fish could have been spicier in my view. The Shrimp in Green Garlic Sauce was a white colored delight, which warranted multiple servings and its popularity was obvious in the way the item was getting over at the buffet and needed refills.
I was happy at the number of seafood items in the buffet. The only chicken main course Chicken in Basil Sauce was a savior for the non-vegetarians who do not dig too much of seafood.
Among the veg items I liked a corn and broccoli preparation in a green sauce. Apart from these there was stir fried vegetables and an okra dish. But I did not try them.
All the courses were prepared well in my view. The place which was near empty at 1 pm, picked up pace and around 2o clock was fairly noisy and crowded.
For dessert, there was Coconut Wanton, Darsaan (flat noodles fried in honey) and a cake. I am not very fond of these, but my friend liked the coconut wanton.
The buffet was priced around Rs 530, all inclusive. At that price, the wholesome buffet is surely value for money.
Mainland China -- Please Avoid
There was a time when Mainland China visit was remembered for a long time for good reasons. Now it is just the opposite.
I had been visiting Mainland china restaurants from the last 10 years in multiple cities.
Right now its absolute LOOT at Mainland China. I had a very bad experience. Even after spending Rs 2200 with family we were left hungry. This review is for a la carte.
Quantity is very less, staff very arrogant, everything too pricey, perfect recipe for a disaster experience.
I will never visit this restaurant again.
There is no reason why anybody should visit this restaurant when there are so many other luxury and better Chinese restaurants around.
If anyone has money to spend then visit Aroma's of China or Golden Dragon( Taj Krishna) but not this place.
The best chinese buffet ever with varieties for both Veg and Non Veg!!The ambiance and the settings are awesome with some lavish arrangement all throughout!!The desserts are too good and the waiters are quick on getting the starters!!I would say for sure try the buffet here!!Its filling and satisfying and very much cost efficient!!
A good place to have dinner with family.The starters and main course are really good though The desserts are a bit disappointing.The service is really good and quick.The staff quite friendly. A bit overpriced though but ambiance is also nice.So when craving for chinese i would recommend Mainland China.
Awesome Chinese Dining
I have always felt that authenticity of any country's cuisine should be maintained to the point of being just right to the taste of the natives. Mainland China is one of them. They didnt go overboard to add in spices to satiate our Indian taste buds nor they kept it bland enough to make everything taste similar. They are bang on the target.
We were a group of 8 and were served a special buffet at dinner .Ambience is top notch with huge round tables for large groups which makes the essence of a get together complete. Coming to the dishes, the fish preparation was awesome and so the chicken too.We had ordered them in all forms...fried and gravy One thing worth applause is the service. Such an anticipation even before we ask for the thing was never seen before. Kudos to the waiters.
Service : 5/5
Value for money : 4/5
Overall : 4/5
I love you Mainland China :)
had gone on my birthday with my wife. She ordered a soup which she found very peppery and left. The waiter came and asked if something is wrong with the soup. After knowing the reason he insisted her to try their signature soup. She politely said it is ok. But he requested just to try. My wife loved the soup he got. We finished the dinner which was yummy and asked for the bill. Meanwhile my wife was asked to fill the feedback form. She filled and gave. Suddenly they started behaving funny. We were thinking why they are not getting the bill. After a couple of minutes we were surprised to see a birthday cake on our table. They had read the feedback form and saw spouse's birthday on it. We were totally overwhelmed by their hospitality. On top of it they did not even add that extra soup in the bill. A totally amazing experience :)
Horrible Lunch Buffet Exprience
This review is for Mainland China, Hitech City.
I have been to Mainland china only once before and enjoyed their Alacarte dinner even though the price was on the expensive side (1750+ for a meal of two involving three items) . I had planned to visit the place on a regular basis. Hence when I heard about the daily lunch buffet, I was thrilled and decided to try it out. But the whole experience left a bitter taste in our mouth and came back so disappointed that it spoiled our weekend.
I really dont understand how food prepared in the same kitched can have two extemes. The food lacked flarvous or taste, in one word it was completely tasteless. The spread included only Only 2 veg and 3 non veg starters. The chicken wings had not been marinated and the dimsum was just plain without any taste. Soup was okay, nothing exquisute. The main course included fish,squid,prawn and chicken ...all of which were coated with thick layer of cornflour which overshadowed any taste of the meat itself. None of the dishes were spicy.
The deserts were useless....icecream tasted a little weird...less sweet hopeless texture and the cake was dry.
The service was pathetic. Different waiters kept asking whether we would like to have mocktail and every time we had to tell them that we dont need any. They didnt even bother to fill up the empty glasses on our own. Not sure what the service taxes are for!
Due to the heavy coating of cornflour/maida, we experienced heavy gastric problems for the rest of the day. Ohri's Nautanki Gali offers a much better tastey spread at a much lesser price. Overall it was a horrible experience and it left such a bad apetite that we are no longer interested to try even their alacarte anymore.
May 22, 2012response from management at Mainland China:
Thank you for taking time to give us your feedback and we are extremely sorry for the experience you had at Mainland China.
Could you please share your contact number with me at firstname.lastname@example.org so that I can get in touch with you to know more about the lapses? Please consider the request as your feedback will help us improve.
sunday pleasant buffet
on the ground floor of the kibbeh/,mainland china building in somajiguda on sundays they have a lunch buffet from the same kitchen as mainland china...
very reasonable priced..... with a complimentary mocktail.....
we had the bacardi tea, refreshing from the sultry march heat
starters are constantly brought to the table. the sweet and sour tofu was intresting
the best was the shrimp and lemon fish
be warned . u cannot eat in peace as the waiters will constantly bombard u with their polite n intrusive questions......
small place on the ground floor, but must say very simple, unpretentious place for a simple sunday brunch. not too crowded and the spread is actually large
for non veg main course there was crab,fish,prawn chicken mutton........
the noodles and pepper chicken fried rice was a nice combo
over all thumbs up for this place. deserts could be better
value for money 8/10
March 12, 2012response from management at Mainland China:
It is indeed a pleasure having you with us and we appreciate the time & effort taken by you to communicate your experience.
While a gesture of appreciation is the best form of motivation, I must point out at this juncture, that without constructive feedback from distinguished patrons such as yourself, it would be difficult to constantly redefine our services. It has always been our endeavor to provide our guests with an experience that is high in both quality and standards and repose the faith placed in us by them.
Over-priced, to say the least
Mainland China had opened up a new branch at Hitech City (opposite to Shilparamam), and on one Monday evening me and my wife went there. To my surprise, at 8PM on Monday (the first day of week, if you missed the point)- the restaurant was full and we had to wait. Surely tells about the popularity of this joint.
After 15 minutes, we were seated and order was promptly taken. We ordered Chicken Taipei and a fish starter (forgot the name). They took bit longer to serve it, but quantity was enough for two. Post the starters, we were alomost full, so ordered just one chicken-fried rics and could not eat more than 30% of that.
The only worrying thing is their price. It has skyrocketed.I feel the taste is almost same of similar Chinese Restaurants (like Shanghai Chef), though Shanghai Chef had a lesser variety in their menu. So, Shanghai Chef has 80% taste but 50% cost compared to Mainland China, and my call would be Shanghai Chef.
Ambience (Weightage: 10%): 4.5/5
Service: (Weightage: 30%): 3.5/5
Food (Weightage: 30%): 4.8/5 (good, tasty)
Value for money (Weightage: 30%): 2/5
Note: All my earlier visit to the restaurant is somewhat problematic, barring this one.
good but pricey
Have been to Mainland China quite a few times in bangalore. Was recently at the Hyderabad begumpet branch after a longish gap. Realised that the prices have really shot up (dont remember what the prices were like earlier). My favourite chinese restaurant has been Aromas of China and I somehow thought Mainland China and Aromas of China were on the same level in terms of quality and price. But that is clearly not the case. The prices are hitting the roof and almost double that of Aromas. I thought that they have probably revamped the menu to justify the high prices (soups cost 200, starters and main course gravies at 450). The food was good but certainly not worth the price (i can understand if its a restaurant in a 5 star, which it isnt). The prices dont translate into a superior culinary experience. Go here only if you REALLY want to...you can have the same (maybe better) food at equally established names like Aromas of China etc at lesser prices...
Have been to the Mainland China many a time, both in Pune and Hyderabd. In Hyderabad used to visit the restaurant in Banjara Hills, till it moved to Begumpet, a newer, nicer place - which houses only their group restaurants. My experiences at Mainland China have been always very good (save for the couple of visits to the Pune restaurant, where I felt the the food and service both slip a bit). Last afternoon had a very pleasant lunch with my friend here in Hyderabad. An assorted platter of dimsum - from their Yum Cha Festival menu - (prawn, chicken and lamb) - steamed and baked ... chicken and mushroom in wine sauce (the chicken seeemed a bit underdone and chewy, but not bad nonetheless) and a crab-meat fried rice (which was yumm). The service was friendty, attentive and the waiters knew the food well. And ofcourse sipped chinese tea during the meal. The candied ginger at reception desk is also very good - and I was told it's made in the house too..Thank you, good work- keep it up...
May I suggest a fixed lunch (atleast on weekdays, lunch time) - Pune has this -- where you could choose a soup, starter and entree ...
The ambiance is soothing and classy, the service is top notch and most importantly the food, as in the title, is delectable. The array of starters on offer coupled with delicious soups pave the way for a mouth watering and stomach filling main course. The experience on the whole, is gastronomical. The only draw back being that liquor steals from the family quotient and ambiance on the whole.
- Nabhan Mahmood
I've been to Mainland China a couple of times, and its pretty decent - taste-wise it is pretty ok (not great), and a bit pricey. But the ambiance and service are very good.
We were looking for a typical Indian Chinese taste, and this was not it - more like Chinese food we've had abroad (personally, I find Indian-Chinese a lot better!)
Awesome food (but a bit pricey)
The vegetarian fare is awesome, if you order right!! We had the veg fragrant pot rice, which is one of the best rice dishes i've had at a chinese restaurant. Its so good that one needn't even order a vegetable dish with it.
As for any restaurant, one needs to order as per one's own taste and not just by the waiters' recommendation!
Typical Indianized Chinese experience...
If you're looking for authentic Chinese, this obviously isn't the place. But if you want the typical sweet, sour, soya-sauce drenched, deep-fried Indianized experience of Chinese food, then Mainland China totally meets expectations. I've recently written a more detailed review about the place on my blog http://www.foodonymph.com/foodonymphscity/my-quest-for-the-unreal-deal-only-at-mainland-china-in-hyderabad/
July 26, 2010response from management at Mainland China:
It has always been our endeavour to give the best in Food and Service to our patrons and your remarks have been taken cognizance of. We would try and continue to improve and deliver the best.
I would like to add that the quality of the food is very perceptive and depends on individual preferences too. We cater to the market in India so the food has to be adapted and we have various glorifying testimonies from our numerous Chinese and Indian guests alike. China is a vast country and the food menu consists of many
I've been here two times. They are offering a wide range of Chinese menu and they serves alcohol also so you can enjoy the food along with drink. The ambiance of the restaurant is very nice and clean. The Service is also very fast. Must say the food tastes very good. The prices are very expensive but we can bet our money for that kind of quality and tasty food. They are also giving rs 300 gift vouchers.
Ambiance:4/5 Service:4/5 Taste:5/5 Total:4/5
Good food but too authentic for india
Has some good Chinese food, but I dont think too many Indian would like it because it isnt exactly Indian Chinese. The service was good nothing to rave about. The interiors of the restaurants was done really well they some tables which can be personalized
ok for a business lunch
Staff are very friendly. Ambiance was hard to judge because of the Xmas decorations, though the outside of the building the restaurant is in needs some polish. Food was good, but nothing special for the high prices. It's the type of place I might take someone for a business lunch or dinner.
Great food but X-Mas time lapses
I am a great fan of Mainland China. The kind of Chinese food it serves is not normally found in other Chinese joints. It has a very comprehensive menu, and it really has different facets and tastes of Chinese cuisine.
We visited the Banjara Hills outlet on the last Monday of December. We were given a special Christmas menu. But surprise surprise! Whatever we ordered from there were not available (Turkey based noodles in XO sauce and duckmeat fried rice). Was very disappointed as when I called up in the morning they emphasised on this spl Christmas-time menu.
Had to settle for old time favorites from the normal menu (Shngsi crabmeat soup, Wok tossed Hakka Noodles. Mixed meat Fried Rice and Sliced Chicken in Oyster Sauce). All of them were good as usual.
However somehow the expectations were not met by the menu fiasco. Possibly because we went with great expectations.
Decent Chinese food, can visit couple of times
We have been to this place few times already, mostly on a weekend lunch time. The waiters tend to be courteous and kids friendly. The latter is important since we have two kids. The ambiance is okay, not that great but neither is bad. The seating is good with the mini-booths. Coming to the food, their food is more in on the Indianized Chinese side. However to my surprise, the egg-plant in garlic sauce is fairly authentic. The starters are pretty good, specifically the fried veges (vege crackers or something). The dimsums are also quite good, again above average. Similarly the noodles are above average. Overall the food is good and the variety is also quite decent. I would ideally give this place a 3.5/5 but that option isn't there hence being generous with a 4/5. So in the HOMP style the summary is:
Value for Money 4/5
Ordered a whole murrel but they served boneless pieces of the fish. Now that is misleading and expensve, 570 a dish and do not even get to have the whole fish. I asked for the spice level to be increased knowing its a chinese rest. but it was not disappointing. Ordered a fried rice and forgot am in a chinese rest. It was very bland and there wasn't anything "fried" about it. Overall the experience was average. Would go again to try something different. Oh yes, the wait staff - Paul was real nice and eff. I booked over the phone and he got me a decent seat without a second of delay after arrival and also came by during our meal course to check how is the food.
Review below is a bit too harsh
I liked the place. Though on a weekend you might have to wait for quite a while to get seated and the place might seem a little crowded. But what prompted me to write this review was the amazing Lobster and the fact that 2/5 is really not fair for this place :)
Very very ordinary!!!
Perhaps, it was a case of a good restaurant having a bad day or maybe it was another one of those fancy restaurants that seem to have more style than substance. Im willing to give it the benefit of the doubt and go with the former, however, that does not change the fact that the food at Mainland China, when I visited it a few days back, left a lot to be desired. The chef had got it wrong right from the word go. Both the Tofu and chicken, which formed the starters, could at best be described as ordinary. Disappointed with the starters, we thought the main course would do justice to Mainland Chinas impeccable reputation as one of the best exponents of Chinese cuisine in the city. We were wrong. I guess it just wasnt the chefs day and we were paying the price. The maincourse was nothing out of the ordinary. The side dish did not complement the rice or noodles and to add fuel to fire the helping wasnt very generous and we were left stranded half way through our meal with no side dish left. Hoping to end the dinner on a high note we decided to finish off with some deserts, but that too was not the kind of stuff that would make you come back for more. The meal cost the three of us around 650 bucks and we dint think it was worth it. All in all, it was a rather forgettable outing. Lets just hope for the chefs sake that he was having an off day for if that was not the case it wouldnt be long before he is off!!!