Thursday, 17 June 2010

Restaurant China

In our search for decent asian food at reasonable prices - I mean you can go to the Four Seasons Hotel and enjoy a Malaysian Nasik Lemak made by a Malaysian chef (not that I have been but Bobs has) and spend 40JD or drive to Six Senses in Ma'In and order some Thai food made by a Thai chef, but a little over an hour and another 40JD per head is not what you'll do on a everyday friday lunch either. So again, in our search for decent asian food at reasonable prices and on the recommendation of a couple of persons and this (old) article from the New York Times we finally made it to China Restaurant, also known as Abu Khalil. Located in a small street parallel with Rainbow Street (see my map).


Well in our opinion not worth going: either we were unlucky or the chef/owner wasn't there or the owner has been too long in Jordan and has forgotten what Chinese food is supposed to look and taste like. The restaurant has been around for ages, according to the above mentioned article it opened in 1975. I don't think the decor has changed since, but that's okay, at least it looked Chinese.Surprisingly enough the restaurant was nearly full. So what did we have: won ton soup - the broth was okay (even had a little Chinese taste to it) and the won ton's were not. The texture of the filling was really weird and it didn't really taste of anything - but then pork won ton's are so much better than chicken anyways. Then we had some fried noodles which were sailing in fat, beef and ginger/spring onions: the beef was more boiled than sauteed and finaly sweet and sour chicken that I can't really remember. It wasn't that expensive, i think we paid less than 25JD, but far too expensive considering the quality of the food.


So I guess they won't see us again, unless I hear that it has dramatically changed! I think I can say that our search becomes desperate...

6 comments:

jolie jamie said...

I would hate not having a delish Chinese spot to run to! Luckily i currently have Chinatown in NYC :)

Babs said...

aaaaah! Jolie Jamie you are making me jealous!!! we miss chinese food so much! in 25 days we'll be in London, and we are going from the airport to a chinese restaurant for a dim sum! took our flight so we land at noon lol

Elisa, Croatia said...

I hear you! no decent chinese food here either, although I saw on tv a thai rest opening about an 1 hour drive from us (will have to check it out soon)..

Babs said...

it's a nightmare - specially when your husband is of chinese origin... he really misses his food!

meefle said...

Hello, I came upon your blog because I was looking for a Korean Restaurant in Amman. I am excited to hear that one exists and will surely make it there soon. I live right by Restaurant China and would agree that it's not very good. Might I suggest Shanghai Restaurant, near the second circle. After entering the circle when coming from the first, make your first right and then right again and go straight until you hit the restaurant about a block and a half later on your right side. I have not yet been but it looks like it could be good! Let me know how it is if you go. Good luck, and thanks for the Korean Restaurant info!

Babs said...

@ meefle - we haven't been to Korean gardens... we should really try! maybe you can tell us how it is?? Will try Shanghai restaurant: you never know, might get pleasantly surprised!

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