Fast and friendly budget Chinese eatery in the Tourist Club area 10 Reviews
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Just off 10th Street, hidden behind popular Lebanese restaurant Riviera, Kawloon is an interesting discovery – indeed, once you see it it’s hard to ignore it. The restaurant has seemingly decided against understatement, and has instead opted for the most stereotypical, all-things-Chinese exterior that can possibly be managed. Red brick, red lanterns, neon signs and a pagoda-esque exterior scream to passersby from its corner spot where it stands sandwiched between two rather ordinary looking buildings. Cross the threshold, however, and the interior, while still very red, is mercifully muted. The explosion of gaudiness gives way to gingham tablecloths, lace curtains and the odd screen and wall-hanging. And it works well. While there is no doubt you’re in a Chinese restaurant, it has a relaxed, unforced feel that is a reflection of the food Kawloon serves up.
Starters of spring rolls consisted of generous servings of meat and vegetables encased in wafer-thin parcels of crisp pastry. Crispy vegetables were likewise successful – with a subtle salty, garlicky taste, and arriving in a serving large enough to feed five people. For mains, the plum duck was an absolute triumph, not too fatty with a little crispiness, and delightfully smothered in a rich, sweet plum sauce; this is a dish that’s undoubtedly bad for you, but worth every mouthful. In contrast, the sweet and sour chicken was disappointing. The dish looked promising, packed with pineapple and large chunks of vegetables, and the chicken was free from any soggy batter, making it a lighter dish with barely any greasiness. The problem, though, was that it also had barely any flavour.
If you’re after filling Chinese fast food at a rock-bottom price, you could do a lot worse than Kawloon – just don’t let the cartoonish exterior put you off.
The bill (for two)
Prawn crackers Dhs12
Spring rolls Dhs12
Crispy vegetables Dhs10
Sweet and sour chicken Dhs16
Egg fried rice Dhs12
Duck in plum sauce Dhs43
Beef noodles Dhs18
Total (excluding service) Dhs123
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