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“Bad Bad Bad - Do not take a chance”
Review of Mainland China

Mainland China
Ranked #591 of 5,825 Restaurants in Hyderabad
Cuisines: Asian, Chinese
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Dining options: Buffet, Delivery, Reservations
Neighborhood: Jubilee Hills/Banjara Hills
Reviewed April 21, 2013

I went here to make my spouse feel good today but was really disappointed. I wished so much that I had read some reviews. I had an experience that made me fight the laziness to write this review.

The food tasted like I was eating in a Gujrati Chinese Hawker somewhere in Ahemdabad. Everything was sweet. Right from supposedly the Chilly Sause and the starters. Everything had loads of sweet corn. On asking for a spicy sauce I had to wait for another 20 minutes to get it. When I complained to the floor supervisor (not server) Mr. Chandraprakash there it seems we had to put special request for it and it takes time to cook. even the one that we got looked like a poor Pickle masala with absolutely no taste. Suprisingly when I raised it to his boss Mr. Ganesh I got a better tasting sauce only within seconds. Wonder they saw it coming or whether all the people in restaurant asked for it.

The noddles were soggier than the Maggie noodles cooked with 500 ml water and sauce didnt blend with it. Everything tasted overcooked.

The only thing worth mentioning is they did not charge me after spoiling my evening else I would be abusing on this forum but the time is certainly something VISA card cannot but.

If they continue with this cook and people like Mr. Chandraprakash who by the way is a Bihari looking like chinese - guess that was his qualification for the job, it won't work.

Time for Mainland China to wake up.

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Reviewed December 11, 2012

If you happen to be in the Hi tech City area of Hyderabad and shudder at the prospects of a drive into the city for your usual restaurant, Mainland China with its ample parking space and a wonderful ambiance may be just the answer. Surprisingly there is more variety than the other outlet of the chain in Banjara Hills. I thought the pressure on the purse was also less!

The service , as in all outlets of this chain is above par. I found the attention a wee bit more, but not intrusive.

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1  Thank velamur
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Reviewed November 7, 2012

This review is actually two reviews .. of the two avatars of this restaurant .. the "upper floor" a-la-carte and the "lower" floor buffet ..

This is a good move by the management .. the floors are separated .. as the "level" of the food is significantly different in the two experiences

So let me review the experiences as they happened chronologically

First, the a-la-carte
I had been itching for a visit here .. when my most favourite Chinese restaurant opened up within walking distance from my home
My first visit happened when me and a friend visited .. and then my wife and I visited in early October.
I booked a table for two for 1 PM .. with a request for a window-side table with a view. On arrival, there was an issue with the table .. as some "VVIP" COP11 international delegates had come in and all tables were occupied
We were seated at a makeshift table .. for a wait time that seemed far too long ... with an obviously apologetic manager trying his best to get us to our reserved table, we got going after about 20 minutes.
The manager tried to make up for this lapse by offering complimentary beverages while we waited .. a nice gesture by itself
Once seated, the rest of the experience was the "usual" Mainland China one
The food was, as anticipated, heavenly .. especially the fried rice with iceberg lettuce and garlic .. a first for us
The expectation of "a notch above" that you have when you are at Mainland China was fully met except in the dessert which was "usual"

The experience quite literally changes when you have a buffet lunch .. the quality of the ingredients, portions, generosity, courtesy and the obvious competence in cooking remain as good as always .. but the "fine dining edge" is taken off from the spread on offer .. offering mostly "quick flow" favourites that are mass-produce-able.
This is quite literally a different & lower "level" .. quite apt that this is offered in the ground floor while a-la-carte is on the first .. so be prepared for competent, tasty but mostly unremarkable food in this spread

And, accordingly decide which option that you would opt for .. for me .. it would be the a-la-carte every time
BTW, the ratings reflect my views of the a-la-carte version
:-D

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Reviewed March 28, 2017
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