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China House, Grand Hyatt

Santacruz EastWestern Suburbs  

4.0

47 Reviews / 47 Ratings

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China Hot Pot Specials Nov 01 - Nov 30

  • Come November, China House one of the best Chinese restaurants in the city; invites all gourmands to enjoy a new offering of delectable Chinese Hot Pot specially crafted at the hands of Chef Xiang Bin Liand his team of culinarians. Hot Pot is a traditional Chinese way of preparing food directly at the dining table. A pot filled with simmering spicy stock is placed at the center of the table, and surrounded by different ingredients. Tantalize your taste buds at China House with sumptuous Hot Pot dishes made with fresh vegetables, seafood, meat, noodles and condiments cooked in your choice of broth. Choose from Vegetarian and Non-Vegetarian Hot Pot as you are sure to experience a plethora of tastes in this culinary journey.


Fantabulous Fridays Nov 07

  • Usher in the weekend with ‘Fantabulous Fridays’ and enjoy unlimited alcohol on select brands at Rs. 1,999 per person between 9pm and 12am, the finest spirits, wines, beer and cocktails as you groove the night away to upbeat house, commercial and hip-hop music through the night.

    Time: 9pm onwards


Fantabulous Fridays Nov 14

  • Usher in the weekend with ‘Fantabulous Fridays’ and enjoy unlimited alcohol on select brands at Rs. 1,999 per person between 9pm and 12am, the finest spirits, wines, beer and cocktails as you groove the night away to upbeat house, commercial and hip-hop music through the night.

    Time: 9pm onwards



China House, Grand Hyatt Reviews

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AUTHENTIC CHINESE RESTAURANT WITH A HYPE

The trend of this upscale lounge is its Ambiance, its island-like setting and chic décor, along with free internet connectivity, the best DJs and some fine cocktails. Their specials are the China House Mojito, The ambiance in itself is perfect for intimate gatherings, while you tap your feet to the soft music that plays on. I recently visited the China House Lounge with my friends recently. The China House Lounge is your ultimate destination if you plan to throw an all-nighter with delicious chinese food and drinks !!!!

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4.0

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lounge with a hype

The China House Lounge forms a part of the Grand Hyatt hotel in Mumbai, India. The highlights of this upscale lounge include its ambience, its island-like setting and chic décor, along with free internet connectivity, the best DJs and some fine cocktails. Their specials are the China House Mojito, and my personal favourite is the Green Apple Martini. The ambience in itself is perfect for intimate gatherings, while you tap your feet to the soft music that plays on. I recently visited the China House Lounge in lieu of my best friend’s birthday celebrations, and boy did it feel amazing! The China House Lounge is your ultimate destination if you plan to throw an all-nighter.

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3.5

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Awesome Experience

This place is just the perfect place to lift up your spirits..the music played at this place is just apt for you to shake your hip and sway your hand...the ambience is simply mesmerising. The entry yes is strict and well checked sort off..the food here is very authentic ..love the flavours..visit this place when in a splurge friendly mood

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3.8

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Best Chinese Starters

Relaxing chairs great music.
The cocktails menu of China House Lounge is the most attractive thing for me and the Chinese cuisine is awesome.The Staff is polite and attentive.

But all this come at a price, this place is steep and surely dents your pocket. A meal for two with a glass of wine each would cost you about 3500-4000 bucks.

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good food

china house is situated in the heart of santa cruz, so makes it very easily accessible. its food is highly known for, especially the starters are to die for. check out the chineese vegetables. in short: very good service and brillaint cuisine spread

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A Great experience

China House is one of the finest chinese restaurants in mumbai. But you definitely expect this when you walk into the lobby of Grand Hyatt. The ambiance is very impressive and the small water bodies designed around the tables add to the beauty. The prices are no doubt very high but thats exactly what the five stars in town are known for, so thats ok. It's a nice romantic place for an evening dinner.

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Everything Good!

I quite enjoyed my dinner experience at China House. Great ambiance. Great food. Good service. The crockery that they have is very impressive.. Whc makes d food more palatable. Wouldn't mind going back for another wonderful experience.

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Great Food, Great Selection!

This is probably one of the best chinese food places in Mumbai. The menu selection and the unique ingredients and preparation are one of a kind. My only disappointment is they replaced the on-table kimchi cabbage salad with a weird coleslaw-like cabbage salad. Other than that, the service, the food and the ambience are perfect.

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5.0

11/10 Awsome place

We had gone here to celebrate my birthday.... to have absolute authentic chinese cuisine, then i guess china house is the place.... very much attentive staff, good service.... superb ambience all an all good package of having best dining experience.... wht more you want whn its worth spending!!

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food16

2 Reviews

January 05,2012

5.0

Best Chinese in Bombay City !!

I think China House has the best Chinese food in bbay!!! The Sichuan wontons in spicy broth are my most favourite!! Must try the pan fried veg pot stickers / cucumber salad with black beans .....and also the Dan dan noodles....

Nothing comes close to China House!! Simply Superb...Yes a big dent on your wallet but its totally worth it !!

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5.0

Great Food & Service

I frequently go to China House and most often get fried rice or noodles, some chicken dish and dimsum. Their jasmine tea and tiramisu are hot favourites in my family. The food and service are always great.

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5.0

For once, "Made in China" means something good!

I've never been to China to find out what truly authentic Chinese food is like. After visiting this place, I couldn't care less -- if the real thing is any different from this, it would almost certainly be inferior!
China House makes for a wonderful dining experience. Walking through the posh interiors of the Grand Hyatt, before entering the actual dining place you go through an open area that looks like a setting from some Chinese movie -- two shrines around a pond with lotus leaves floating, elegantly lit. Delectable!
The inner dining place is no less interesting. Cozy booths, not quite closed but appropriately isolated. Charming traditional cutlery. The kitchen and the bar are open to view. You can see the wood-fired oven where, among other things, the Peking Duck is prepared. Pretty-little Bose speakers playing typical Chinese tunes add to the lovely ambiance. There is a well-known lounge on the lower floor that we haven't explored.

The waiters were most courteous, well-informed, and willing to explain and help out -- which always makes for a much richer experience. The place was moderately full despite it being a weekday. The service was prompt.

I understand that the food belongs largely to the Sichuan (Szechuan/Szechwan) style of South Western China, which is known for its bold and pungent flavours. Not being a great connoisseur of all Chinese styles, all I can say is that I just loved the stuff.
Among other things, we enjoyed Smoked fish, Salmon with Black beans, Yang-zhou fried rice (with duck, shrimp and eggs). The Ginseng soup and the Peking Duck were two things that we would love to try the next time.
The vegetarians enjoyed Dumpling soup, Lotus-root fritters (interesting!), wok-fried spinach with sliced mushrooms, and Clay-pot vegetables. This isn't one of those places where vegetarians would feel out-of-place. Almost everything was memorably delicious.
They have a seemingly good bar, but instead of alcohol we ordered tea afterwards -- Oolong, Pu Er and Jasmine Pearl teas. Perhaps having had our taste buds overwhelmed by the food, these didn't impress us quite as much. The interesting Pu'er was dark-ish and smelt, for want of a better word, fishy.

Make no mistake -- the place is quite expensive. If you are going to be worried about what the bill will be, you might be shocked to see how much you are going to pay for the bottle of water and that bowl of plain rice that was casually presented. But the whole experience will leave you feeling so good, your most generous instincts would take over.

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4.0

All in one package

Treated by my aunt on my birthday, I don't think I could have picked a better restaurant than China House. While all the dishes we had were great, the Peking Duck which was outstanding deserves special mention. It was done to perfection and served beautifully. I'd highly recommend it to anyone for a special occasion or even an ordinary night when they want to treat themselves.

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INNOVATIVE & FIERY CHOW

Visited yesterday for a late dinner , was lucky to receive an reservation telephonicaly after a very very long time, :-) , just love their LOTUS ROOT fritters, keep going back for more, innovative and fiery wontons in broth- a must have...main course different from the usual INDO- CHINESE , enjoyable never the less , not very crowded which perhaps explains the decent service{ and the confirmed table ?? } , steward PRem does a competent job & obliged by serving the most fiery n spicy special sauce..overall a very very nice experience,,,,....P.S. got a call today- enquiry about our experience ?? impressed- shows what lack of business and competition are capable of.... perhaps if similar concern was shown in the past.... well anyways a change in menu / decor is recommended which will bring back past glory.

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Best Chinese in Mumbai

Finally made my trip to this very famous place - was there for a Saturday lunch, and the place was packed. Luckily, managed to get a table despite not having reservations.

Wanted to do a quick lunch, so we ordered 2 steamed dimsums (prawn & chicken), a fried rice and a chicken gravy dish. The dimsums came in pretty quick - within 10 minutes, and were fabulous - soft, tasty and the wrapping was really thin. Note that they serve 5 pieces per serving.

The rice and chicken were nice and spicy - we liked it a lot.

The service was excellent, and the recommendations were very helpful - these guys know their job. Well done GH - this is so much better than Soma.

Costed us Rs. 3k for the 3 of us. Expensive, but why not for some good Chinese cuisine

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5.0

best times of ma life!!

Best place to hit the dance for any celebration!! You just dont need a reason sometimes...it is more of craving to njoi the music n the lounge... International DJ nites, good trance n house music... It is places like China House make Mumbai city different than all other cities!!

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5.0

Simply the very BEST authentic Chinese cuisine

I've been to China House on two occasions.

The first time i went there ,it was without any dinner reservations and with a group of friends to celebrate my husbands birthday.

We were greeted at the entrance and were told that we'd have to wait for quite a while because there were no seats available. I told them it was my husbands birthday,and i was received with a kind smile, and a "please wait a moment ma'am.I'll see what i can do for you", and lo behold, we were seated at a table not more than 10 -15 mins later.

We ordered the prawn dumplings, the Peking duck, a fried rice of some sort, and then chicken in black bean sauce( if im not mistaken).. I have got to say that the food was fantastic!! Honestly, it was terrific! My husband and i live in China, and simply adore chinese food, and this was the best Chinese food we'd eaten since we got to India. I've travelled a lot myself, but iv got to say that, the food at China House just sets a bar for itself!! and the service was delightful! It was so wonderful to step into a restaurant that had the ambiance to match the type of food being served, and with such flair and proper etiquette.

It being my husband's birthday i asked if they had any cakes for dessert, but they didn't.. Nevertheless, once again, they didn't fail to impress when they brought out a yummy chocolate cup cake of some sort with some ice cream and sweetened crispy noodles( i think!..)... It was the perfect end to a perfect evening.

Since our dinner in China house, we have frequented several chinese restaurants around mumbai, but NOTHING has compared to the food at China House.

So about two weeks back, my husband and i once again went off to China House for lunch. We made it with just 5 minutes to the last order time.
We have met with an instance where we entered a very reputed restaurant with half an hour to the kitchen's closing time, and we were treated quite disrespectfully. Hence it was a nice surprise when the waiters at China House did not rush us, even though we were rather late.We were also told to take our time to give the order, and that a few minutes would be all right. All these little details are what make a dinner/lunch experience special and perfect...

Once again, we ordered the legendary Peking duck, and this time went with beef(or mutton) dumplings, and ordered the Seafood stew rice (please excuse the name of the dishes, as I'm writing them as i remember them,and i may not be entirely correct).

The food was..To be able to eat authentic Chinese food outside China, was a real treat for us! Very often, in many places, Chinese dishes taste somewhat different, with an Indian twist to it.. But here, it was just perfect.. And the Duck was just fantastic!!! The skin crisp, the meat juicy and the pancakes thin and soft..The dumplings were so tastefully prepared too,and so soft and fluffy....
To top the meal off, we ordered the most scrumptious banana fritters that were to die for! :D It was one of the best meals ever!
I would rate China House as follows:
Food 5*****
Service 5*****
Ambiance 5*****
Value for money 5*****
All in all, the best experience we've had in India so far, and we would be delighted to recommend the place to any, if not, all our friends.
Kudos to the Management of China House

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4.0

Superb place...

Amazing place to be on a weekend. Crowd is superb so is the music, though it gets a bit crowded and it becomes difficult to move around and even dance. But is must go and is worth the experience.

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ruchi123

3 Reviews

January 03,2011

3.0

Great Ambience...Awesome crowd...Service sucks !!

I have been to China House Lounge this New year evening. Though crowd was one of the best of all the pubs n lounges i have been in mumbai, but China lounges had extremely few delicacies to serve their Veggies customers.
Moreover another horrible thing that happened to us was as the place was crowded on New year eve, ordering one simple dish took us atleast one hour. Also bartender/waiter did took one hour to deliver simple dishes via cover charges card, but 10 minutes if we were ready to pay extra cash. Common Hyatt people......be slightly more prompt on occasion like New year eves....People do trust brand name but if your staff is busy serving their own pockers rather then serving customer, this is act differently in coming times.

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pacmangs1

28 Reviews

December 27,2010

5.0

best lounge in mumbai

i have been there 15 times in the last 2 yrs in china house lounge and they are super consistent in quality.excellent night outs on saturdays.crowd is the best in mumbai(better than south mumbai clubs) which i have noticed.if you have not been there go for new years eve.you are guarenteed to have a good night.the dj is excellent and he knows how to play his songs.the ambience is excellent and the custom bose speakers(not present in any club in mumbai) have excellent sound quality.no teenyboppers like prive.if your like partying with 19 yrs old then this is not the place.nice mature crowd.they had glenfiddich 50 yrs single malt which was rs 90000 for 30 ml.!!!!!

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pariktank

8 Reviews

October 04,2010

4.0

China House - delectable cuisine

Super super super!
We enjoyed our evening out at China House. The entry through the courtyard and the grand doors whets your appetite for the ambience and the food.
Service was attentive, prompt and well informed.
We had a veg clear soup (3/5), veg dumplings in sichuan sauce (4/5), veg spring rolls (5/5 - just perfect). The Peking Duck is a must... deliciously cooked and the sauces had wonderful flavor (5/5). Wokfried salmon in black bean sauce (4/5). Fried rice and noodles - standard fare (3/5). Tofu in sichuan sauce was really spicy... warned about it (3/5). We had a beautifully served creme brulee and mango pudding for desert (4/5).
Super experience. Now only if they could control the air conditioner and avoid freezing us to the bone (wifey and friend had to take a shawl, which they generously offered), it would have been a perfect evening out!

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5.0

Classy Disc wid Fashion at best

Had been to china house disc on a saturday night...and let me tell you - it was fantastic experience...the party warmed up late but once crowd started pouring in, it was fantastic...Ladies were very well dressed and hot...fashion at its best!!!! Crowded at bar counter, music is fine (Not the best in town)...over all a good place to party... call/sms me for entries - 9769 832 432

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4.0

Dependable

This was the third time we have eaten here. The experience seemed less exciting and intense, but having said so I must hasten to add that there has been no drop in quality. The reasons for lack of the electricity and thrill were a rather short menu which one has been thru at least once.

For those who have not been here, this is a rather good, upmarket Chinese Restaurant. It also has a lounge/club/bar/disco downstairs. The food is predominantly Sichuan and therefore spicy. This is the real Sichuan and not the masaledar Indian Chinese Sichuan doused in a lurid red sauce you get at most Chinese Restaurants. The menu has almost none of the standard Chinese food on it. No Chicken Manchurian, Hakka Noodles, Manchow Soups et al. Don’t go if this is what you want.

The Peking Duck and Beggar’s Chicken are China House signature dishes. They are really top notch and no other restaurant in Mumbai serves them. The Peking Duck here is quite a good approximation of the Peking Duck served at Da Dong, a swish upmarket restaurant in Beijing renowned for its Peking Duck. The Beggar’s Chicken is a delight with the ceremony of shattering the outer clay cover in which the chicken is baked. But how often can you have these two dishes. The Tenderloin in Black Bean and Lamb Shanks with Coriander Buns are also outstanding. But beyond this the menu gets into chicken and soon peters out into the Vegetarian section.

We decided to venture into some sections of the menu where we would not ordinarily have gone. So we ordered a cold starter of Cucumber in a Chilli Soy dressing. Very nice, very cold and the dressing was well balanced. For our mains we got Wok Pork with a slight Chilli tang and a Braised Eggplant. This was complemented with a simple Egg & Chicken Fried Rice. The portions were generous and the food uniformly good. The Braised Eggplant was particularly good.

Service was smooth and the staff were very knowledgeable. They were quick to point out that the Cucumber starter was cold [we knew that] probably having been on the receiving end of a dissatisfied customer complaint earlier. The bill, when asked for, was presented with promptitude.

You must go here and eat their signature dishes. After that the menu gets boring. I hope they revamp it soon.

All in all a pleasant evening, even if there was boring food.

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3.0

Service needs to be looked into..

Awesome ambiance. fantastic decor..absolutely lovely!
i like the place as most of the people around are well behaved.
obviously with drinks priced at a premium one can expect certain kind of people to walk in which spares the fellow patrons from hooligans. however i wished they had more options for vegetarians. good music,dj, bad service. they look most of the time understaffed.. poor waiters are running everywhere. so go there to have a good time with drinks n music. be prepared for the long wait!

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sonia2905

4 Reviews

February 22,2010

5.0

Delicious food and amazing ambience - must visit!

I visited this restaurant for the first time on Feb 14th and loved it so much, that we went again 5 days later. Firstly, the ambience is wonderful. I love the whole open kitchen concept - very interesting. The place is suitable for a romantic meal for two or a nice meal with the family. Service was excellent. The waiters were attentive, courteous and friendly. The food was delicious. I'd recommend the prawn dimsums. In main course, there's a grilled salmon preparation (can't recall the name) that is excellent. Also try the veg soya fried rice. And for drinks - go for the China House Mojito. Overall, I highly recommend this place.

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credit to the chef(CDC)

being our wedding anniv ,we decided to try china house as had heard alot abt this place,
though the ambiance waas pretty good the food didnt go 2 well with me,
ordered for crispy chicken which was full of nuts and chillies
then ordered some shrimp momos(was good )
their CDC happen to be a punjabi and me being from the same (hospitality ) industry knew him thru a friend of mine ,asked for him and he was more than happy to custom make the main course as per our liking and we did enjoy it though was too much by the end of it
opted for the tiramisu (was wierd ) chinese italian fusion the ingredients didnt go well with each other ...
now comes the service expected the service to be much much better being a 5star propety had to call the stewards every time we needed smething nobody was bothered and the restaurant wasnt even busy was dissapointing but then was pleasant in thre ,had an open kitchen and me being a chef loved watching the chinese chefs in thre trying to communicate with their punjabi boss(though english was the medium ) overall nt bad for an outing say 1nce in a months....damage for 2 (3 course menu ) 3500 bucks (expensive ayee )

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5.0

Best for Authentic Chinese

You wont find too many places in the city that serves good authentic chinese food. China House serves you the best in this cuisine coupled with an ambiance that is classy and royal.
Its a long walk past the italian eatery through the open chinese huts entering through the large doors of this restaurant whose decor and interior is one of the best i have seen.
We were in a big group and ordered a variety of dishes and everything was top notch. From the chicken hot and sour soup to the prawns spring roll. The latter being the best i have eaten in the city. The entree order of Kong Pao Chicken was very tasty and the veg rice was perfectly flavoured.
The menu is quite varied and had a variety of choices but the seafood looked to be the pick of all. the service obviously was top class and its worth every penny of the end damage - which needless to say is a big dent on the wallet.

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It's not just about the ambience!!

China House is one of the finest chinese restaurants in mumbai. But u definitely expect this when u walk into the lobby of Grand Hyatt. The ambience is very impressive and the small water bodies designed around the tables add to the beauty. The prices are no doubt very high but thats exactly what the five stars in town are known for, so thats ok. It's a nice romantic place for an evening dinner.. can go once atleast!!

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China House is a poorly managed, over-rated bar.

Since opening China House has struggled with their door policy and crowd control. Clipboard nazis abound and for all their training aren't able to do as good a job as say the boys at Hawaiian Shack which is at the other end of the spectrum!

I have seen this bar being frequented by "eastern european ladies of questionable morals" and the management seems perfectly fine with this.

Drinks are over-prices, cocktails poorly made and music fails to raise the tempo even on a weekend.

There aren't really any good reasons to visit China House anymore after the plethora of options now available across Mumbai's bar scene and nightlife.

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L'maison de Chinoise

I know, I know, this place has experienced quite some hype since it opened. And possibly for all the wrong reasons. Rest assured that China House produces the goods when you're looking for authentic Chinese cuisine.

Due to its location and fancy set-up, you should expect to pay a fair few thousand renminbi for the experience, but as I always say: you get what you pay for in this world.

The restaurant's entrance starts the experience off nicely: the guarded doors, the watery walkway with ambient lighting, and then finally into the world-class architectural interior of the restaurant.

There are many booth tables for intimate dining, and the service is slick with the staff being very menu-savvy. This is a good thing when ordering Chinese food as you usually end up with more than enough to feed the Terracotta Army. We were actually advised to order less than we'd planned, which was a surprise.

Perhaps best to finish up your supper before the bar lounge kicks off late in the evening and the "there to see, and to be seen" crowd descends.

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average night disc

china house has every light hip hop or house music, wid no smoking lounge & no place to sit down to enjoy yr drinks this place is a total turn off .... while ambience r good but light is too much bright for a night lounge kind of thing ... but the only good thing is excellent crowd

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Emperor Class

This restaurant is world class excellent. I took my girlfriend and our friends there for dinner. We're all vegetarian. Contrary to some of the reviews here, the vegetarian food is fantastic. In fact, they now have a vegetarian set menu with nearly 12 different dishes and 6 different desserts. If you go with a group of 6 or more, definitely recommend the set menu (2300 Rs. / person).

Most importantly, the service was fantastic. The waiters were really nice and informed. The manager of the restaurant even came by several times to make sure we were enjoying our food and even took the care to explain any food questions we had.

Overall, a fantastic restaurant with a staff and cooking crew at the height of its game. Easily the best Chinese food I've ever had.

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Kung Pao at its best

Loved, loved loved the visit... Amazing ambience, great staff... the staff recomends real well... they know their shit... great starters... must try the sizzling fish platter and the prawn in honey sauce dimsum, also the china house mojito just did it for me the chinese tea with the flowering jasmine created a great mood for the maincourse...

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Veggie?: Few options

The ambiance of this place is just awesome and makes a great dinner date place. You can cosy up with your better half and enjoy the ambiance.

But all this before the menu arrives. Me being Vegetarian; its almost as difficult to get veggie food as it would be in China. Now, there is nothing wrong with that and these guys have an authentic array of dishes; but its just too limited for my needs.

Would prefer to go to another Chinese place where I would feel I am in Mumbai.

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4.0

this place is real shi shi, but then?!

finally a place in bombay that holds its own when being compared to the international party scene and clubs abroad. great house/club music for starters, well dressed people, great decor and ambience, staff was quick and friendly...china house will put the poisons and the prives to shame!

now for the flipside:

i was annoyed to find out that the bar doesnt accept cash or credit card. instead, now u gotta go pay in cash or card at a counter near the main door and get a gift card which the bartender will then swipe. i found this to be completely unnecessary, and a total money-making scam. the customer has no idea how much balance the card has, neither does the bartender give any receipt which shows how much the drink costs (unless asked for). why cant they just give out paper coupons with denominations on it, like other places?? atleast the customer can track how much he/she spent and what is left over.

anyways, go here for a phenomenal night out and a great party experience but i would keep an eye open to see if one is being scammed in this spot; which serves overpriced drinks in the first place.

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after1.00am

best place 2 be open right till 3.00am - best drinks - crowd very sexy - food awful- peanuts great - music - mix of new & old - EXPENSIVE. stags allowed but before 11.pm only if u knw few stewards, mind ur outfit - got to be best no small cars please.... only salooons.

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Good Food, Bad Service

I was entertaining some business associates last evening at the Hyatt Lounge and then carried on to China House. The Hyatt is a regular of mine as I usually go to Som or the bar quite often for a post work drink with associates. China House was a first time experience.

First impressions - tasteful decor and quite a serene outdoors marred by a bright interior. The cubicles are quite private and give you the opportunity to have a conversation without a 100 prying ears surrounding you.

Secondly, food is good albeit highly expensive. We had one round of starters (lotus root fritters and crab meat soup dumplings), followed by claypot vegetables and sichuan chicken for mains accompanied by fried rice and noodles. The bill was nearly Rs. 8,000. I am not complaining as I guess you are sort of paying for the "tao" experience, haha!!

Thirdly, to say the service is "slighly" snooty is an understatement. Here's why - I CANNOT understand EVEN if you are an accomplished restaurateur with some knowledge of food giving me lip, after all I am a customer willing to pay your fancy price. What upsets me more is some trainee waiter acting like he owns a michelin star place and is doing me a favour by waiting at my table - I mean, if he had tilted his head a little further upwards, I could have seen his brains right through his nostrils - as the Queen of Hearts would say, "Off with his head", ok off with one point!!!

I am lopping off 1 point for clumsy service (including aiming to pour water on the tables, not the glasses and spilling the claypot vegetables/mushrooms on the table and denying me the pleasure of eating them). I expect table service at an upscale restaurant to be impeccable.

The host's attitude counts for a lot during a meal. So, overall, I would think twice before going there again.

Cheers
S

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lounge / clubbing review

the big mistake we did was to get to the place at 10ish on Friday night. It was practically empty. It started filling up at 11 and was packed by midnight. Probably thats why the DJ played pretty boring music till 11 and then slightly better music till midnight.

One thing I didn't quite appreciate is that they had no bar stools. When I asked the bar tender if he could set us up with some bar stools, he gave me the lamest answer possible - we don't keep bar stools on a weekend.

The funny thing is he got onto playing hip hop at 1.30 when we were ready to leave the place. And even funnier, there was a line outside.

The drinks are alright. Please don't try the overly expensive fancy drinks. The one I was made to try was flaming lamborgini. It was overly expensive and totally impotent.

The crowd, as expected, was quite hip. I liked the place. I would have given it a 3.5.

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burrp2020

33 Reviews

February 20,2008

1.0

Its Sad but the CLASS of a 5 Star is no where near

Hello

I would only like to say something's about "China House Lounge / Clubbing experience"

- The A/c air conditioning SUCKS !! Its a hotel, and they can fix this in single day, (if this is the fault of bad inexperienced architect)
- But this has not yet been fixed inspite of several repeated complains
- The A/c sucks even more on the table/cubicle area which cost 30,000+ and still has NO A/c ?
- The DJ plays exactly the same music all over again, every time I have been there.. I don't know where he gets his "pathetic" "slow" "boring" music from. (or shud we call him a DJ)
- The managers look at you constantly in your FACE, its so embarrassing, if you are not ordering a drink, but just come to meet a few friends, DONT THEY KNOW, in mumbai if you are alone, you cannot drink and drive (many friends meet up at a Lounge/PUB/CLUB just to be with each other...and dont they know every one coming to this 5 START joint wud not be coming in a Auto-rickshaw

I don't understand how people who are from the highest CLASS and CREAM of Mumbai, go to such places and cant "abandon" because of lack of such a important service. And still hype this place to the level, that till today I have not been able to figure out how they distinguish between who they allow and who they don't allow to enter ?

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3.0

dinner/food review

Went to China House w/the fiance this past Friday, expecting to be treated like I was a Ming Dynasty emperor. The entrance to this place is quite breathtaking - large wooden doors open up onto giant slabs of concrete seemingly floating in a shallow pond littered with fish and pond foliage. A few scattered tables, mostly for large parties, are in this open-air section. Follow the path to another set of large wooden double-doors, and you've reached the main entrance to the dining room. The decor is fantastic here. Although I'm not familiar with Chinese artifacts and interior decorating sense, this place seems to be somewhat authentic. The kitchen has got a glass pane facing the dining room, so revelers can peer in to see what's cookin', as well as try and guess what the dried ingredients might be in at least 50 glass containers sitting on the kitchen shelving.

We sat at our small table for two, and were instantly served small, palate-cleansing portions of cold vegetables (yellow squash, cucumber, and tempeh), as well as something a little squishier, almost the consistency of seaweed (it was tasty).

We decided to peer at the wine menu, but were very surprised to see a lot of the wines on their list included the name of the vintner, the vintage and the year, but failed to list the varietal! I pointed this out to the waiter, and he embarrassingly started to bring bottles to our table so I could read the varietals from the label. We ended up with a bottle of the 2005 Morton Estate Pinot Noir from New Zealand - not quite ready to drink, but a fair table wine.

We ordered some dim sum to start, one of prawns and the other of chicken, and it was great. The dim sum came out piping hot, in bamboo steamers. Carrots were intelligently placed under the dim sum, as to prevent sticking to the wood.

We then moved on to a seafood dumpling soup with prawns and abalone. I have always been a big abalone fan, and I remember days when my father would buy abalone directly from fisherman and cook it in his style. It would remain soft, buttery in consistency, and utterly delicious...which was why I was extremely disappointed to find the abalone in the soup as chewy as rubber. Some of it even had stringy flesh, making it impossible to swallow.

We then wrestled in between continuing to order more dim sum, or try some of the main course. We errantly opted for the latter. We ordered the much-written about hand-pulled Dang Dang noodles, and they were way too salty, doused mostly in soy sauce, and the chicken tit bits seemed to be extremely low quality sausage meat. The soft-shell crab dish was fried until they resembled pakoras, so after a few artery destroying bites, we left it alone as well.

All in all, the experience started out very promising, but then soon took a nose dive when we migrated away from the dim sum menu. I've heard from friends that Royal China in Bandra is the much better option for dim sum, so the reasons to dine at China House continue to plummet. All in all, an average experience, but such a highly touted 5-star joint ought to really be striving for perfection. Disappointed and will probably not dine here again.

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saturday night's rock!

What a classy joint to party in! Fancy decor, well-dressed crowd, and excellent music! If you get here around 11PM, the place will still be fairly easy to move around in. The place starts to really filter people in around post-midnight, as it's open till about 4AM. Drinks are expensive and they seem to forget pouring the alcohol here and there, but the main intoxication comes from the entire experience. Classy, lively, and just pure fun!

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Follow Up to "This Place Rocks"

Well I said this place "rocks"

My review may be a little impartial

The first time I was there, a staff member dropped a drink on me, I then found glass in another drink, they forgot our appetizers and then seated us at a table and then made us get up....Sounds bad...it was actually horific. I went straight to the manager (angel) and complained in a very methodical manner and told her about my experience and laced it with a couple "buzz words" (operations, process, etc) and she sincerely apologized with a the meal being almost free and an endless supply of deserts.

To get to the point, the second and third time i visited the resteraunt my experience was perfect and was greeted by Angel....so it may be impartial.

The Crab, Peking Duck, Beggars Chicken, Dan Dan Noodles, and some sort of dry chicken with chillli and nuts are 10/10...the best I ever have had...this is as real as chinese food gets....spice, flavour....man i nearly __me in my pants(joke)

So i guess that is why my experience may deviate a little from the rest

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This Rocks

Agree initally the service sucked....my first experience was horrible...but I wa forced to go back and the resteraunt/staff/operations have mutured quite quickly

This is real chinese food on a regional level.....possibly the only place in mumbai to expereience chinese food (royal china is totally pseudo)

I love this place and best yet is u can tumbel downstairs and party after a great meal

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China House - Experience was Awful

China House at Grand Hyatt; no use if you love spicy food, coz this chinese is bland, and apart from that, we had a booking for the restaurant as no seats in the lounge were available. I believe they kept us out of the lounge on purpose, because as we finished our meal, the man at the rear entrance said u can't enter from here...strange. Either there's a communication gap here, or they were being obnoxious and rude. Awful

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Shi-Shi to see, so-so to experience

I know everyone is raving about China House but the two turn offs on Saturday night were:

Impolite, unequipped, over-worked, under-staffed bartenders- Its just not cool to hang out at the bar for 30 minutes and wait for your next round of drinks while the bartender doesn't as much as look your way. And what you do get at the end of the wait is some flat drink with barely any alcohol in it.

Fat butts and pancake heads- I am yet to see a club in Bombay that hand picks the crowds and filters in only people that befit a place of that caliber. There was a 'bhai' akin circuit, just a shorter, fatter, uglier version with Bappi style chains and bracelets that was making out with his even shorter, fatter, uglier babe aunty in a mini skirt and tube top right as you enter. The sight was gross enough to make you wanna run out of there as fast as you could. I met one of my nice look girl friends later that evening and she said she had a hard time getting in.. Now we all know why.

The rest of the crowd was ok, quite a lot of older crowd though- like 40ish. Music was good, none of the typical commercial shit.

There we go Soheb - I wrote the review before you. Drinks on you next weekend. :P

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4.0

i'm rick james, b*tch!

Rick James was a regular patron of the China Club - but this is China House!

From the long, snaking line of good-looking people, to the classy interiors, to the Miami-like bottle service at the roped-off tables, this place just oozes exclusivity. One of the best aspects of this restaurant-cum-lounge in the Grand Hyatt is the music. Our entourage got into this place around 10:30 with solid 80s blaring on the sound system. Around midnight, the focus slowly shifted to pure clubbing beats, and finally, a smooth transition into hip-hop at 2AM. I believe this place shuts down around 4AM, so it allows for a full night of hedonism. Make sure you're not the type to get star-struck, because you're sure to see some personalities here every weekend.

My only complaint about this place is the lackluster bartenders, who don't know what the f*ck they're doing. Drinks are watered down, expensive, and you'd be lucky to get one drink every 30 minutes. If you can get to know one of the bartenders (this usually happens by dropping a lot of dough), you can drastically improve your experience here.

Dress your best, and welcome, to the China House - a ching a ching ching (for all those Dave Chappelle/Rick James fans!!).

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Poshy, Lavish, Flamboyant.............

A Very classy place in the middle of no where, well the Hyatt is in the middle of no where.. (kalina). This place seems like the new place everyone wants to be at.. good thing is that the entry is free - although they are very strict at the dooor. Everytime you go to this place you'll def spot a celeb - from names such as Aftab Shivdasani, Kim Sharma, Malaika Arora Khan, Amrita Arora and many more... drinks are tooooo expensive.. bottle service is great..the best thing about this place is that you either dance the night away or have a good quiet dinner or just lounge around ALL AT ONCE meaning the place is pretty well designed in that sense.. hald the people probably dont even remember the place because bar is soo busy... i would def go back here but again its in the middle of nowhere - good for people in the suburbs though - still would rate this place as tooooooooooooooooooooo expensive!!!!!!

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