Recently tried out China Express on a crazy rainy noon! It has a window like area where one can stand and eat and view everything outside! And it also has a couple of tables and chairs outside.
I tried their wok – mixed way too many sauces. Basically the person who was making my wok gave me a mix of hunan, Schezwan initially and then asked me to taste some. I found it slightly dry so he added some butter garlic sauce to it. And then it was alright.
Before this, he handed me a bowl to choose the veggies I would like added – and there was all kinds of peppers, spinach, tomatoes, carrots, corn, cabbages etc. And you can choose any number of veggies you like.
The wok tasted great – wasn’t over spicy or oily. I like that they explicitly mention that they don’t use aginomoto and cook in olive oil.
I also tried their spring rolls – they took a while to come because they were made on the spot. The outer covering was a tad bit thick but the veggies inside were delicious.
Recommend this place if you’re around for a quick bite.
I started with a dish made of kabuli chana – it was crunchy and soft at the same time. Tempered with a whole lot of tasty masalas and curry leaves. It had loads of cruncy pine nuts that took this dish to another level. Served with some radish, kale leaves and chopped onion on top.
Next I had the charcoal pav bhaji. When I saw this dish, I definitely didn’t think that I would even remotely enjoy it. Basically they’ve used edible charcoal which gives it a deep grey color. I didn’t find it did much for the flavor. The bhaji was actually quite delicious..perfect flavor..perfect butter..awesome taste. But – special mention for their pavs..beautifully soft and fresh.
Next I had their barbecue Kathal Burger – I know right..Kathal..i.e. Jack fruit! I absolutely do not like jack fruit and only really tried this burger when the chef insisted. For Kathal, it was actually pretty tasty. The Kathal had a whole lot of spices, chaat masala and the barbecue sauce flavor was really good. But psychologically I couldn’t get myself to eat too much of Jack fruit! Again – special mention for their burger bun..soft and how! Ohh..And the chips that came with this were the real bomb. Amazing homestyle potato chips – thick and crunchy. Loved them and could totally eat a bowl of just those!
Then I tried their Tortilla chaat – basically Tortilla Papdis, mint mayo, sweet potatoes, imli chutney, pomegranate and sev..topped with some kale leaves. I absolutely loved this..it was a complete khatta meetha flavor and the Tortillas felt really different and nice.
Then I tried the litti chokha balls. These were topped with some brinjal pulp on top. I didn’t really care much about these.
I tried 3 different cocktails. All of their cocktails have some attachment to a popular area in Mumbai. The first was based on Chowpatty and was a coconut based cocktail with a very strong flavor of curry leaves. Honestly I don’t like coconut flavor too much..So this one was ok. The presentation was top notch – it came in something that looked like a vase…And was seated in a cage. Along with some chana jor garam for chakhna.
Next I tried the Malabar Hill drink. This had a whole lot of chamomile and thyme infused with vodka. This was very very refreshing. Totally recommend.
And lastly there was a whiskey based cocktail. This was called sunset at carters and it was a beautiful pale yellow kind of color. Whiskey, rosemary and orange made for a great combination. I’m not really fond of whiskey but this one was really good. A bit strong though.
For dessert I had a weird huge tree placed on my table with some Baileys , chocolate and rabdi lollipops growing on it! I love chocolate and I love Baileys. But I don’t like rabdi so much. So honestly I didn’t care much about this.
Overall I had a great time. This place too is an experience, like most of other Jiggs Kalra places.
My meal was complementary but that doesn’t affect my views.
Carter road has that one lane which is so buzzing – all you can see is food. Right from Shawarmas to Dosa to Chinese. And so I tried out this one hyped place called Emprino. To know about my experience, keep reading.
Finally visited this place which has been recommended to me by quite a few foodies. Emprino is on ‘the’ food street at Carter road. I came here for a late dinner and was quite happy with my meal.
Vegetarian Fried Wonton
Hakka sauce and wheat flat noodles
I wanted to order their wok and so I was asked to taste the sauces before I can select one for my wok – loved this whole try before you buy thing. I went for the hakka sauce – it was slightly fiery. That combined with flat wheat noodles and so many veggies like zucchini, peppers, broccoli. I quite liked it.
I also tried their fried wonton. Phenomenal is an understatement! Although they were slightly over crispy, I loved them. Amazing veggie filling inside.
And I tried the dimsums – the basic simple vegetarian ones. These too were exceptional. The outer covering was soft and not chewy at all unlike a whole lot of places. The inner filling didn’t feel kachha too.
Also tried paneer pieces in a slightly sweet kinda sauce. And there were some carrot noodles along with the Paneer – carrot looking like noodles! I didn’t care much for this to be honest.
I found this place to be extremely value for money. Definitely coming back for more appetizers!