Kawloon

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

By Time Out Abu Dhabi staff
Time Out Abu Dhabi,

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Details

  • Location: Al Zahiyah, Abu Dhabi
  • Tel: 02 671 5299
  • Travel: Electra Street

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  • Users voted this restaurant most suitable for: Family friendly

User reviews:

Posted by: mimi on 08 May ' 13 at 12:29

This is my favourite chinese rest in Auh ! Do not miss out their Chlliy fish , beef sizzler, szechuan rice and tom yum soup with prawns (no noodles in soup)

Posted by: Reem M. on 10 Jan ' 13 at 08:53

Best Chinese restaurant in Abu Dhabi!
Excellent food for great value. Huge portions & expert cooking. Been addicted to it for over a year, loving it more each time I go there!
Only inconvenience is they close between 3:30 & 6.

Posted by: Diane on 29 Nov ' 12 at 09:43
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

The food taste so great.
The prices are so affordable.
The staff are also friendly and approachable.

I would definitely go there again.


Posted by: zehra on 29 Oct ' 12 at 11:06
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Totally love the food there!!!!wud luv to go there again with family n friends!!

Posted by: chesska on 02 Jan ' 12 at 06:53
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

i would definitely back in kawloon.. me and my boyfriend love the chicken spring rolls. the noodles with different sauce.. it was a amazing experience and we see to it that everytime we eat outside we choose kawloon our dating place cause the food is very affordable and the ambiance and the filipina staff is very accomodating..

Posted by: mamushka on 28 Sep ' 11 at 06:59
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

It was my first (and last) time at Kawloon. I initially thought it was spelled Kowloon, after the Kowloon peninsula in Hong Kong, which made me giddy at the thought of having authentic chinese dishes in Abu Dhabi. Much to my surprise, it wasn't anywhere what i expected at all.

When we ordered, the Filipina attendant was very rude as she placed the menu directly in front of us even while me and my colleagues were still chatting and then walked away as if giving us time to scan the menu and decide on what to order.

The food was bland and the sauces on each food were gooey, it looked like they put a lot of cornstarch and food coloring on it. The Ma Po tofu was not what i expected, it was sour, mushy and mawkish. hell my version of Ma Po tofu is 10 times better than that! and the sizzling beef was way too sweet.

The food is more Filipino than Chinese, all the attendants are Filipinos which ideally makes it so. If you want to have Chinese food, this is not a Chinese restaurant and they don't serve Chinese food here. A Filipino Restaurant trying hard to become a Chinese restaurant but is far away from it.

Posted by: Mikky on 26 May ' 11 at 12:20
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

I had been frequenting Kawloon Rest in Khalidiya and my observation and frustration are as follows.
Food acceptable, not when the pricing on the menu keeps changing very often at short notice. Last evening I was surprised to note American Chopsuey price increased from AED. 18 to AED. 22. Same goes with the other dishes increase from AED 3 and onwards. Total RIP OFF. Will be taking up this matter with the ministry

Service staff too are very rude especially the filipinas and the management who do not believe in customer service

Posted by: Mikky on 26 May ' 11 at 12:19
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

I had been frequenting Kawloon Rest in Khalidiya and my observation and frustration are as follows.
Food acceptable, not when the pricing on the menu keeps changing very often at short notice. Last evening I was surprised to note American Chopsuey price increased from AED. 18 to AED. 22. Same goes with the other dishes increase from AED 3 and onwards. Total RIP OFF. Will be taking up this matter with the ministry

Service staff too are very rude especially the filipinas and the management who do not believe in customer service

Posted by: louka on 28 Apr ' 11 at 17:26
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

i went today with my husband and baby for lunch and it was amazing,great ambiance and food at easy budget...would definitely go back again:)

Posted by: ahmed on 28 Apr ' 11 at 13:31
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my favorite take-out chinese in Abu Dhabi, too bad they close in the afternoon. Try their singapore style noodles !

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