What we had
An Asian favourite, now in Sri Lanka!
Mainland China is a famous chain with 48 restaurants across Asia. They are known for their authentic Chinese dishes and their service. We were quite excited when we were heard that Mainland China was opening up here in Sri Lanka and wanted to give you guys a first-hand review of the place. In fact, we visited them twice and our experiences were quite different both times around!
As you walk in, you are greeted by a beautiful stone wall with mandarin (I think) inscriptions. The decor is more culture centric and the tones are dark and elegant. However, the place didn’t reek of fine-dining-ness and offered more of a formal dining experience. Also notable is their huge space and seating capacity.
Positives aside, here are the mini details that let us down. The first time we visited, we were escorted to a table and then left to fend for ourselves; the host only directed us up the stairs and from that point on, we were meant to find ourselves a table. Hospitality 101, you ALWAYS provide direction to your guests/customers. Even the uncles at Pilawoos direct us to a table and lay out the plates for us. Furthermore, the waiters weren’t very cordial or attentive and it wasn’t a good first impression of the place, on us. During our second visit, the drinks and starters took more than half an hour to arrive, which was surprising since they weren’t quite crowded. Apart from these negatives however, our overall experience was rather positive!
Tropical Lemonade – LKR 495
Peachy Mangifera – LKR 495
The Peachy Mangifera is mango juice and lemonade twisted with freshly grated ginger and peach. This drink has a strong tone of peach to it. We didn’t like it as much as the former because of the strong concentration of peach in it.
Malaya Spiced Melon – LKR 495
Peach Iced Tea – LKR 395
The peach iced tea was hands down our favourite, being absolutely delicious and refreshing! The consistency was not too watery nor too peachy; it was just right!
Chicken and Mushroom Siu Mai – LKR 795
This is not your average dumpling, this one is a “Shaomai” which is a trader SL dumpling originating from Inner Mongolia. This half a dozen of dumplings was so good and it’s one we definitely recommend.
Chicken and Lemongrass Dumplings – LKR 795
The chicken and lemongrass dumplings were described as spiced dumplings with a hint of lemongrass. Although the spiciness didn’t carry through, this appetizer was absolutely delicious! The dumplings were soft and scrumptious.
Hot Butter Cuttlefish – LKR 1095
This was one oily HBC, but I can vouch for the fact that it’s one of the best I’ve had in Colombo so far. This dish was garnished with chunks of dry red chilies and was quite the treat. Disclaimer: it is quite oily.
Drums of heaven: Hong Kong Style – LKR 945
We had a choice between having our drumlets prepped either to Hong Kong style preparation or Mild Chili Plum. The waiter recommended Hong Kong style so that’s what we went with. Unfortunately it wasn’t as heavenly as I expected it to be.
Duck Meat Kung Pao Style – LKR 1095
Sichuan Vegetable Hot Pot – LKR 875
The Sichuan Vegetable Hot Pot is your mediocre chopsuey, but with loads of flavor and spice to it. It’s a fragrant stew with lotus stem, bamboo shoots, shiitake mushrooms, carrots, baby corn and Chinese cabbage.
Beef Fried Rice – LKR 1195
Wok Tossed Chicken Hakka Noodles – LKR 995
Steamed Coconut Dumplings with Honey Butter Sauce – LKR 495
Yum yum yum! This was literally the Chinese version of a Bounty chocolate. The dumpling was so soft and the coconut and silky honey sauce over it were a match made in heaven. They should have certainly named this “Heavenly Steamed…” instead!
Have you been to Mainland China yet? Let us know what you think of it in the comments below! Is there anything we’ve missed?
Tip: Try the Coconut Dumplings! They are an absolute treat!