If you are someone who loves piping hot food, then the Dolsot sizzling stone festival is a must-try where various hot rice dishes like bibimbap are prepared and served in a dolsot (stone pot bowl).
Do you know what’s better than Chinese? A piping hot stone bowl of your favourite Chinese rice and noodles that remains hot until the very last bite. If that sounds like a deal, head to any China Bistro outlet in Mumbai as their Dolsot Sizzle festival is going on until the 16th of December where the food is served in a dolsot (a stone pot bowl) that doesn’t cool off even after an hour, and so the rice or the noodles continue to cook and arrives at the table still sizzling with a smokey and crispy flavour.
What’s in the dolsot?
A Dolsot is a medium-sized bowl made of Pagodite, a stone used by Chinese artisans for carvings, and is commonly used in Korean and Chinese cuisines to cook various hot rice dishes such as Bibimbap. At China Bistro, you can enjoy rice, noodles, as well as quinoa as your base with veg and non-veg toppings. There are options such as spicy Korean, Butter stone, Sichuan, phi phi, and smoked chilli.
We tried the San Trio, which was loaded with bean sprouts, broccoli, water chestnut, tofu, bell peppers, and mushroom, and was like a comforting hug. The temperature did remain the same until the very end, and every time we removed the lid, the smoke would come out of it. The taste was on point and the quantity was great, too. We wouldn’t mind going back to this restaurant just for this dish.
Other than this epic and massive stone pot, China Bistro also offers some really great veg and non-veg Chinese food. If you are a dim sum fan, their Vegetable crystal dimsums are a must-try. The fresh and crunchy veggie filling wrapped perfectly in the chewy dim sum wrap was simply perfect.
The chicken lovers can go ahead with the Truffle mushroom chicken roll, which basically was chicken sushi. Order this if you like strong flavours and want to try something different. If you are on a seafood diet, Pan fried chilli fish is something we suggest. Soft pieces of pomfret slathered in the thick and spicy Sichuan sauce were mind-boggling.
Since all the dishes have strong flavours you will need a sip of something to wash them down and enjoy. Order Orange mint iced tea, as that’s what we liked. For desserts, do try Buddha’s Fu, a mango pudding that’s presented in a very beautiful manner.
The restaurant also hosts a buffet that includes one soup, 4 appetizers, 4 mains with a choice of rice and noodles, and 6 dessert options.
In a nutshell, if you swear by Chinese food, you have to try China Bistro. The place is a little expensive, but the taste and quick service compensate for that.
Note: The Dolsot Sizzle festival ends on the 16th of December, 2022.
Where: Worli, Chembur, and Thane
When: 2noon – 3:30 pm, 6 pm – 12:30 am
Price: Rs.2,500 for two.