CHUAN restaurant at the Palm Jumeirah Dubai will have your impression changed completely from your previous Chinese dining experiences with more sophistication in its classy and abundant flavours of Chinese gastronomy in a stunning design and décor ambience. mylifestylenews writes.
Half the duck is ideal if you come in a small party to leave room to savor other delectable dishes in CHUAN restaurant and needs no further introduction for this dish that was created since the imperial era. CHUAN restaurant’s Peking Roast Duck is superbly roasted and expertly thinly sliced with its glowing golden dark crisp skin and to be enjoyed by gently dipping into the refined caster sugar to sample the palate of 化 (Hua) that describes slipperiness and melt in the mouth effect with this delectable delight.
These are textbook copy dumplings that are so delicious and a must try despite dim sum is not regular to be ordered over dinner yet still a good snacker!
Pancakes wouldn’t normally featured on a menu in fine dining, but this is a stunning dish –糯(Nuo) texture on the palate expresses the soft hugginess yet crispy and great comfort food elevated with a brilliant execution and you will put this one on your bucket list to come back to!
This is a stunning presentation with the casing made out of wheat flour which hides the delights within: tasty salmon, mayonnaise and wasabi sauce, all home-made. For Chinese cuisine this is very unique and expertly executed in composition - reminiscent of the Indian savory snacks - Chaat, but more exclusively done and so moreish!
While the sauce is the soul of this dish with a homemade secret recipe of soy sauce – Yangzhou style, the evenly refined julienne beancurd is always being forgotten from the master skill of the chef to present in “snow mountain” peak motifs and garnished with tomato and ginger. This is a classic dish done well and a harmony of flavours that is to be savoured!
The soup is composed of Matsutake mushrooms and cordyceps flowers in chicken stock, which comes as a beautiful clear broth that is so heavenly in flavour and must be enjoyed before any heavier dish that could possibly ruin your palate. Yet more comfort food executed to perfection and simplicity at its best!
Another memorable dish, but it is important to know that this classic “Buddha Jumps Over The Wall” is bookmarked in the annals of Chinese cooking as a quintessential soup and they nail this perfectly in flavour and texture and delight your palate.
The U20 abalone is more than just a mouth-full size, well-braised for hours with the reduction sauce that is utterly delicious and the abalone plays second fiddle, having given its life to the sauce. This dish may not resonate with everyone, depending on your predilection to abalone cooked in the right way, but for aficionados of this particular dish, it is spot on!
Superb presentation with the lobster flesh de-boned and lightly stewed with the silken tofu which is best accompanied with a bowl of fragrant jasmine rice that is a total no brainer. Despite the sauce was a little watery and the flavour was not as dominating which MaPo tofu should be for its salivating desire on the palate by wanting more, the lobster meat is quite tasty and the rice aids in soaking up the delicious flavours – a dish that has to be enjoyed!
It is an all time favorite and winning dish especially for scallop lovers that is done by steaming with minced garlic and a light soy sauce. The vermicelli soaks up all the freshest natural flavours from the giant size halved scallops, so tender and pleasantly enjoyable.
A whole fish that is perfectly steamed, with firm, but tender meat and it is utterly moreish! There is no better way to enjoy a most palatable fish by being simply steamed, drenched with light soy sauce, ginger garnished with fine julienned scallion, a total homage to Haute Cantonese cuisine.
You must order a vegetable dish to cleanse the palate and the combination of the seasonal white and green asparagus together with lily blub lightly stir-fried in garlic and seasoned to flavour simply makes your day and adds value to your order. With a firm springy bite and simple flavours that is truthful to its taste of origin. It wasn’t on the menu per se, but as each vegetable existed in other dishes we tried our luck to have only these two combined and it was just what we had hoped for.
A good portion for one person that was served in three separate pieces, the meat seemed a little bit tough to cut, but fully absorbed the piquant peppery sauce served with tomato and mushroom. Worth trying!
Now while we had ordered more than we should, that is a very typical approach in a Chinese restaurant, as you want to get an overview of more than one or two dishes to see how the kitchen can create authentic flavours and consistency. Our expectations were exceeded and we were overjoyed to find a truly authentic Chinese restaurant that has a chic and elegant dining atmosphere and a great dedicated menu that is honest and unpretentious which you can absolutely trust. The service is discreet and helpful and they make you feel very relaxed and comfortable, which is what you need for any dining out occasion. We were particularly well looked after by Joraisalyn – our server- and Vinu – the bartender/sommelier for his signature cocktails tastefully presented. A special evening out is always memorable when the service meets or exceeds expectations so that you don’t have anxious moments about the menu or drinks selections and this team is about as good as it gets. As the water fuses everything, so is CHUAN restaurant. Sit back and go with the flow. Nothing was too much to ask by enjoying an evening with heavenly culinary creations that represented elevated Chinese cuisine. It is a bonus when this happens outside of China or Asia but in Dubai for more than just a bite of innovative Chinese cuisine.
Design & Decor: 5/5
Food & Beverage: 4.5/5
Value For Money: 5/5
The Pointe (West)
The Palm Jumeirah, Dubai
United Arab Emirates
Tel: +971 04 564 3888
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