Rest : Imperial China
Meal : Dinner
Loc : Hilton, near Sahar Interntional Airport
Had to meet a friend who was staying at the Hilton and we decided to grab dinner at the hotel itself. The place has a rather awkward entrance which is way small followed by a barely adequate lobby. Rather underwhelming when compared to the Hilton over in Nariman Point. Anyway, being completely unfamiliar with the hotel we asked for help regarding picking a restaurant.
Flames, their open air restaurant wouldn't open till October and their Mediterranean/Indian restaurant Brasserie was under sold to us (though i would recommend their menu which looks fairly interesting)
So it was Imperial China we walked into for dinner, the place is softer than the lobby (the lobby looks like it was designed by Tony Montana) the tables are spaced out and the chairs are comfy. unfortunately there were only about six people in the restaurant including us which did not inspire much confidence.
Aptly named, the menu contains some Mongolian dishes as well as a heavy Thai section although i am not sure if Imperial China ever held sway as far as Siam. Dishes are mostly standard Asian fare.
Were served packaged almonds with our beers, hate packaged almonds, be better to serve something cheaper if it can be had 'fresher'
The Kimchi was devoured by me all together, it was actually pretty good, sweet, spicy and tangy. Unfortunately it wasn't refilled.
For the appetizers we decided to go in for a Chinese & Thai each, so it was satay with peanut sauce and a dumpling with hot sauce. Both were decent but nothing to write home about.
The mains were regular noodles which were okay , the chilli garlic fried rice was pretty good as were the veggies in schezuan sauce with cashews.
Overall the meal was a lot better than i anticipated, not bad at all, unfortunately as i write this now, even a relatively spice free and light Chinese meal such as this is giving stomach trouble. Either i am getting too old or Chinese is just way too difficult to digest overall, end up with some dreadful mornings after.
Imperial China is not bad but the street it is on is hyper competitive. A short 3 min walks takes you to the ITC and some of the best restaurants in the city, the Hyatt is right next door and another 5 mins can take you to the Leela.
Service was quick and friendly but then were were the only ones there.
Food : 7/10
Service : 8/10
Damage : For 3 with a 2 beers 3500.