Taking into account individual preference for food, style and surrounding, it's sometimes easy to be disappointed in a restaurant, which has attracted rave reviews from others. We approached Chino Lun with this in mind, and having tried a number of Chinese restaurants in both Arguineguin & Patalavaca, over a period of 15+ years, it had something to live up to.
The mantra on the place mats runs "probably the best Chinese restaurant in town" and they are quite correct - we were ace sceptics for no good reason at all.
Chino Lun is towards the non-tourist end of the town, situated in the main street, which used to be the main road to Mogan. There are a few tables outside, but little to attract anyone to sit there. Inside, the surroundings are somewhat "standard" within, although there's a few interesting paintings and ornaments around the walls - we noticed a few unusual Budhas & a Wuwei Horse amongst them.
This is a busy place, and if you arrive at the wrong time, be prepared to wait outside to be seated. We found the staff friendly & helpful, and quickly had a multi language menu, which is quite extensive. Tsingtao beer is plentiful, served ice cold on demand.
We ate several of the chef's specials & cooked-to-order items, but the food kept rolling out. In true Chinese tradition, the dishes arrive to the table as soon as they're ready in the kitchen, so eating becomes an adventure, but as long as no one becomes annoyed about the lack of their food, it's very authentic.
For starters we had seaweed, steamed dim sum (which they helpfully served without any shrimp in the selection), & guo te (pan finished jaozi with pork & ginger). All really delicious & served with a variety of dips and sauces.
Main courses were a spicy beef sirloin & a lamb casserole dish, both very reminiscent of NW China, with a nod to Mongolian hotpot. The meat in both cases was "melt in the mouth". Our third main course was a glutinous rice/chicken wrapped in lotus leaf, proudly brought to the table by the chef & opened in front of us. Again this was absolutely superb, rounding off a memorable meal.
The menu is reasonably priced, and depending on the choice of dishes, a family could have quite a low priced meal here. Sadly we seemed drawn towards the higher end, but this still was super value for money.
There is no doubt - this is the best Chinese restaurant in the area & we would recommend it to anyone.
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