Talk about rave Pan-Asian food and the mention of Chin Chin Chu has to pop up. The restaurant that has captured the hearts of happy diners across Juhu in less than a year, recently launched in Lower Parel. We dropped in to put it to test…
Nestled under a 100 year old Banyan tree, stands an independent structure spread across 5000 sq ft with beautifully landscaped façade that stretches a 100 feet, all makes for a grand welcome to CCC not forgetting you might just get lucky to be greeted by the Brand Mascot, the Panda, who you will set the mood just right for the evening. Unlike its sibling in Juhu, the Lower Parel outlet is split over 2 levels. The ground floor dining area is cheerfully bright and eclectic while the upper level offers a more chic vibe with the Bar being the focus. A massive skylight allows ample sunlight and freshness to the place making it an ideal location for brunches and sundowners. The USP of the upper level is the extended overhanging balcony attached to the lounge, decorated with coffee tables and benches, offering guests a getaway zone for mid-meal intervals, post dinner desserts and coffee and/or a smoking zone.
The food factor
The lavish menu features over 300 comfort dishes. We start off with the Edamame and Truffle dim sum-its flavours elevate us to gastronomic heaven. We also give a thumbs up to the addictive Cheung Fun (Crispy Prawn and Mushroom Medley). What we like about this one is that the dim sum menu itself is pretty extensive. The crispy and succulent Turnip Cakes are literally gold standards. You’ll want to finish them all. You’ll love how it is elevated incredibly by the garlic, chilli and spring onions dry dressing.
Sushi-lovers will enjoy the wide range of delectable sushi options-right from the Truffle Mushroom Sushi Roll to the crispy goodness of a sushi that is the Avocado and Crab. For mains, we couldn’t get enough of the Balinese curry with rice- a medley of swoon-worthy flavours-delicate but a true standout. We rounded it all up with an irresistibly sweet treat. The Forbidden Fruit, which looks just like a ripe apple on a bed of chocolate soil- the stuff of dessert heaven
The menu is well balanced with vegetarian and non-vegetarian offerings from the entire Asian belt, has plenty to offer all guests for different occasions and moods…Some other picks include (Pok choy Chicken & Black Schezwan, Smoked Cream Cheese & Jalapeno dim sums), and Xiao Long Bao (Soupy dumplings) complemented with modern Sushi with toppings and glazes (Tuna & Salmon Bon Bon, Blue Pea Rice with smoked Jasmine pork ribs) makes for a fun start to your dinner experience. Wholesome Baos and an extensive variety of Starters (Turnip Cake, Kung pao Tofu, Crispy Aromatic Duck, Poached Pork) continue to tickle your taste buds with a variety of flavours. For those looking for traditional and quick options, there are Woks & Curries in variety of sauces from different regions amongst the wholesome ramen bowls and soul pot meals that can be shared..
With its gracious and efficient staff, superb drinks and food that matches to all the fabulousness, Chin Chin Chu serves you reams of reasons to be back for the rockstar of a restaurant that it is…
Where: 71, Dainik Shivner Marg Opposite Lady Ratan Tower, near St. Regis hotel, Upper Worli, Lower Parel, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400013
Phone: 073049 47801
Note: The critic was invited by the brand. But all the opinions expressed herewith are her own.