China Town was one of those restaurants that for years I had passed by and never got round to actually going to – last week I discovered the wait had been worth it though.
Visiting the restaurant, which I had never heard anyone else talk about before, I wasn’t sure what to expect as we sat down at our table.
Given that on this week night there were just two other tables in the eatery, I must admit my hopes weren’t high – but happily my instinct was well off on this occasion.
After a brief peruse of the menu we, somewhat predictably, opted for the China Town Hot Platter for two (£13) – and everything on it was delicious.
Even the ribs were good, I don’t think I’ve ever had Chinese before and actually enjoyed the ribs, I didn’t know it was possible in a Chinese restaurant.
The platter also boasted chicken satay skewers, spring rolls, butterfly king prawns, crispy wontons and seaweed with several sauces on the side.
Nothing on the plate disappointed, leaving us with high hopes for our main courses.
Torn between the Thai chilli beef and the shredded chilli chicken (£8.45) I opted for the chicken dish with a side of noodles (£3.50).
The dish was excellent. I’ve found in some other restaurants their shredded chicken or beef can almost taste burnt but that wasn’t the case here.
The battered chicken strips were perfectly cooked and the sweet sauce was delicious with a nice heat that built over time.
Across the table my dining companion went for the honey chilli chicken (£8.45) with a portion of chips (£2.50).
This dish was good – but not in the same league as my shredded chilli chicken.
There was nothing particularly wrong with the dish, it just lacked the flavour boasted by the shredded chilli chicken.
Both of the sides were exactly as you expect with no complaints there.
Offered the dessert menu and far too full to eat anymore – but acutely aware reviews are easier to write when three courses have been consumed – I opted for the Peach Mango (£4.50), a toffee biscuit base layered with mango dairy ice cream topped with sweet peach chunks.
To be honest this dessert was probably a bit too sweet for my palette, but that didn’t stop me clearing the plate.
My dining companion for the evening went for the Fantasia Caramela (£4.50) – layers of vanilla and caramel ice cream sprayed with chocolate and topped with chocolate covered toffee balls.
There were no complaints as it was quickly dealt with before we collected the bill.
Overall we’d a great visit to China Town – since going I’ve heard some bad reports from others who claim it has gone downhill over the years.
If this was the case the restaurant is very much on the up again.
The service from the staff was good and the restaurant itself is nice and it’s a relaxing place to be.
My eating compadre even went as far as to say it was now her favourite Chinese in Aberdeen.
At just over £50 for three courses for two people and drinks, a visit to China Town won’t break the bank either.
If you find yourself hungry in the city centre it is well worth a visit.