A Modern Twist
When Cantonese and Szechuan flavours meet at The Chinese Restaurant, the result is a distinctive kind of fusion that gives good reason to get out to this side of the city. Located in a well-appointed space inside the Dusit Princess, next door to Seacon Square, The Chinese Restaurant offers a great escape from the downtown hustle and bustle. The staff in qipao (a traditional Chinese dress for women) lead guests to the table, further adding to the tranquil effect this urban escape achieves.
The restaurant is full of Chinese twists. In the décor, for instance, that features lots of tan and shades of red. In the Chinese porcelain, ceramic teapots, lanterns, and paintings that fill out the room. And in the classy, modern-designed private spaces that serve conferences and parties, a soigné touch to the Eastern tradition of holding important meetings over satisfying meals.
The signature creations of Head Chef Suthep Sae-Lo, who has over 20 years of experience preparing contemporary and traditional Chinese cuisine, start with a banana spring roll stuffed with prawns and the chef’s own homemade salad dressing (B200++). These tender and toothsome rolls are served with plum sauce that boosts the sweetness to another level. Another promising starter is the pork spare ribs steamed in a ceramic dish (B250++). Opening the lid reveals Chinese sausage and black mushrooms resting atop fresh steamed Jasmine rice, the aroma as powerful as the taste.
The shrimp balls and seaweed tofu, dressed in that most classic of sauces—XO sauce—are truly excellent (B350++). The bite-size balls, which sizzle and pop in the pan until they turn golden brown, are packed with big shrimp flavour. This relatively new addition to the menu gets elevated by the potent XO sauce. Another new treat is the Cantonese-style stuffed chicken breast (B300++). Dished out with Hoisin sauce, it reveals sweet and salty notes from one bite to the next. But Chef Suthep’s perhaps tastiest creation is the fresh sea bass stir-fried with garlic sauce, joined by black mushrooms and scallions (B350++). It may not look so fancy, but its savoury elements are extraordinary. The fish is well-cooked, crispy yet juicy, with a mouth-watering aroma arising from the garlic and scallion.
The Chinese Restaurant also offers an all-you-can-eat buffet (B690) with a variety of dim sum to choose from, as well as a choice of soup and main dish. So whether for à la carte or buffet, The Chinese Restaurant is a good bet, thanks to its welcoming air, creative spins, and affordable options.
The Chinese Restaurant
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