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“The Emperor's New Clothes” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of Mainland China

Mainland China
Ranked #109 of 926 Restaurants in Kochi (Cochin)
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Chinese, Asian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Families with children, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
cochin
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29 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“The Emperor's New Clothes”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 31, 2012

My sister and I went there last month. We went with a view to experiment. I will not prolong this. The ambience is average, but if you personally like dim lights, then the ambience would be excellent.
The service is Good, I've to be honest, so I have to give full marks for service. But I felt a sense of overwhelming pretended servitude, I cannot get that exact term... something that leaves you feeling you are being tolerated just because you are a customer. I cannot pin point on it, but try it sometime. The feeling is rather interesting. Just for the experience.
The food is average.
The tab is affordable considering the pretensions.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank tomthump
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  • Arabic first
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English first
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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228 reviews
133 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 801 helpful votes
“Great Chinese Dining.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 18, 2012

Based on reviews here and based on a recommendation from a friend, I visited Mainland China located in the Dreams Hotel in Kochi.

The restaurant is a franchise like 'Noodle House' in Abu Dhabi, with branches all over India.

The decor is suitably chinese. and soft chinese music is piped throughout the restaurant.

The menu is extensive and here's where it gets interesting. The staff are all well versed in the different dishes and are knowledgeable about the components and ingredients of the dish, so trying to decide is a piece of cake.

The service is superb with the waiters being unobtrusively attentive.

Service is fast, and I mean really fast.

The noodle and rice portions comes in two sizes, A regular for 2 people and a small for 1 person. Suffice to say the portions are generous.

The food is delicious with a hint of authenticity. I suppose the dishes have been altered a bit to suit local palates.

For starters we had Chicken Dim Sum, and it was nice to have dim sum where the filling is actually more than the dough!! I highly recommend you try 'General Tao's Chicken' which was my favourite. We did try the Lamb, the fish and some prawns, all of which were excellent.
My kids loved the chocolate fudge brownie which comes as a sizzler.

Prices are not dirt cheap. but worth it and I feel great value for money for the quality and quantity of food served. The restaurant has a weekday promotion for dinner where one can choose a soup, starter, 2 main courses, rice or noodles and a dessert from a set menu for Rs678/- per person.

In Kochi for 10 days and visited 5 times. Nuff said.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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5 Thank Binu A
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Kochi (Cochin), India
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61 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
“Authentic Chinese”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 2, 2012

Probably the only place in kochi which serves Authentic Chinese food. Located in "Dreams" hotel the food is pricey. Fish dishes are what i found great. Quantity is reasonable. Service is good. Ambiance is great.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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1 Thank Malabar_Hornbill
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Bengaluru, India
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35 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Menu has variety and a touch of authenticity”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2012

The food costing was very reasonable. The menu has variety and the dishes have a touch of authenticity. The decor is tastefully done. i look forward to visiting it again

Visited November 2012
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1 Thank onilgandhi
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kochi
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101 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
“chinese in cochin”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2012

loved the food, bill. ambience, could do with a little more privacy from waiters . great location ,its like bang in middle of the city .

Visited April 2012
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1 Thank vinoopm
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