Mera naam Chin Chin Chu baba Chin Chin Chu...you know the rest, don’t you? This is the first thing that came to my mind when I heard the name of this restaurant. Turns out, the restaurant is named after this song after all!
Nestled in Lower Parel, this restaurant is going to be my go-to for Asian food. Be it the vibrant colours, funky decor, an exceptionally well designed bar and an open balcony space, Chin Chin Chu has got it all. Also, did I mention the skylight? So, when I decide to come here for a family dinner or a romantic date,
I know where I’m going to sit.
Also, the menu fans out. How cool is that?
And just when you think it can’t get better, you’ll be greeted by the staff with a warm smile and the epic menu. But what really caught my attention was the chair by the stairs which acts like an elevator for the differently-abled. So thoughtful, it warmed my heart a little bit. It truly was a chair-y on top.
Anyway, now it’s time to give your palate something to dream about.
Shall we sushi?
Yeah, I sushi-d real hard. If I had the appetite, I’d order everything on the menu. But then, I’m a realist at times. So, I just ordered two types of sushi.
First up: The Blue Pea Sushi Rice with Jasmine Pork Ribs
I chose this one because coloured food fascinates me and also because I love pork. Made with blue pea rice, yuzu cream cheese and pork ribs, this one was so refreshing! I’ve never tasted something like this before. For once, looks weren’t deceptive at all. I say, go for it.
Crab Salad And Tempura Prawn
Okay, close your eyes and imagine tasting this : A pillow of soft and fluffy rice, filled with juicy crab salad, prawn, with a little bit of crisp from the tempura flakes and cream cheese. Yeah, that’s what I’m talking about.
Wasabi And Basil Martini
After sushi, it was time for some wasabi...in a glass. That’s right! Made with Smirnoff vodka, wasabi, basil leaves and pickled ginger, this drink will surely surprise your palate.
Tuna and Salmon Bon Bon
To be honest, the only reason I ordered this dish is the mac and cheese powder. Made with salmon, tuna, avocado, cherry tomato, shallots and all things yum, this creamy-chunky-crunchy dish was delightful indeed.
I once read an article that spoke about ‘chai cocktails’. Sounds intriguing, doesn’t it? I finally had a chance to taste it and it was different. Made with Earl grey, Smirnoff vodka, Nagpur orange marmalade and gondhoraj, this cocktail sort of tastes like black tea with a tinge of orange.
Crispy Prawn Cheung Fun
What made me order this dish? Well, firstly, the prawn and secondly, the name of the dish. Seriously, just say it out loud ‘Cheung Fun’ it’s fun isn’t it? (See what I did there?) It’s a roll made with rice and wheat which is wrapped around deep fried golden prawns. This was the first time I had something like this and it was quite interesting.
Black Panther Martini
This berrylicious cocktail is made with whisky, drambuie, blackberry, peach and apricot jam and apple juice. Now who wouldn't want to try a glass of this?
Chicken and Prawn Chilli Xiao Long Bao
This is it! This dish has made it to my ‘forever favourites’ list. Steaming hot momos filled with chicken and prawn chilli broth is everything you’ll ever need in life (Okay, I exaggerate) but on a serious note, these melt-in-the mouth, tiny pockets filled all things flavourful is something you CANNOT miss.
Kung Fu Panda
Named after my favourite movie, this drink gets the prize. Made with gin, lemongrass, coconut, star anise, passion fruit and lime, this cocktail has balanced it all out. For once, travelling to Lower Parel was totally worth it.
The Forbidden Fruit
Served with fresh berries on a bed of chocolate soil, this dessert is everything dreams are made of. I think it’s called the forbidden fruit because it is so sinful! I mean, just look at it!
Tiramisu served in the shape of a coffee bean, garnished with shaved chocolate and chocolate syrup - this dessert is truly a mystery to me. I’m so used to my tiramisu coming with layers. But apparently, love comes in different avatars. So, if you love the strong flavour of coffee in your dessert, you know what to go for.
tl;dr? I GOAT You!
If you’re craving for all things Asian and don’t know where to go. This is the best restaurant you can Chin Chin Choose! You’ll be greeted with the warmest smiles, perfect ambience, best cocktails and epic food. Actually, let the ratecard do the talking.
Here’s the rate card
Food: 5 out of 5
Drinks: 5 out of 5
Ambience: 5 out of 5
Staff: 5 out of 5
Value for money: 5 out of 5
Chef and Social Goat recommends: The Chicken And Prawn Xiao Long Bao, Kung Fu Panda, Wasabi and Basil Martini and The Forbidden Fruit. (Okay I might as well list everything)
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