My MIL is in town and we initially planned to go around the city and try all sorts of cuisine. On her first week we had dinner at a Ahl AlMandi Restaurant but the food well was not pleasing to her taste. Each time we ask her what food she want’s her only reply – no local food 😦 we always end up eating at a Chinese restaurant.
Last year while waiting for Vierte’s laboratory results and very hungry we managed to get a table at 2000 Restaurant which was packed with Chinese expats celebrating the Chinese New Year. We were sure glad to have accidentally dined here because we had one of the freshest and yummy dumplings.
You get to choose between chicken, beef or seafood filling and whether you want it steamed or fried. We had a steamed seafood dumpling (DHS 18) each amazing bite with the hints of fish, shrimps, and spring onions that you need not dip it soy sauce. Two ladies standing behind a clear glass manually roll each wrap, fill them with your choice of meat and cook them to your liking.
My husband C can eat fried rice everyday in each of his meal, so whenever one is available in the menu we order it. We also ordered Mixed Seafood Fried Rice (DHS 18) on our first visit and it was yummy, sadly this batch of rice was overcooked.
Sizzling Seafood with Japanese Tofu (DHS 45) seconds the dumpling for it’s yumminess. It has the right amount of sweet and salty, seafood was not overcook and veggie had the right crunch.
“Chicken looks funny Mama!”
Vierte’s comment when the chicken arrived on our table, I don’t remember the actual dish name but it did have salty in it thus I shall name it Salty Chicken. It is not salty at all! Each bite had the right amount of salt that is quite addicting it would have been nicer though if it was accompanied with a side dish of fresh cucumber or something pickled.
We had a good dining experience as the food was yummy and price reasonable, it would have been more nicer if our lady server was not grumpy. We both had a hard time understanding each other since I don’t speak Chinese and I was having a hard time understanding what she was asking. I think she speaks little English because when C asked for Coke Light she looked clueless that we had to act out drinking from a glass which she replied by pointing at the refreshment fridge. I suggest that when you order point out at the pictures and or the choices at the menu to avoid confusion.
Total bill: 138 DHS (includes 2 Coke Light and 1 Big Water)
2000 Restaurant Ground Floor, Al Rabaan Building Opposite Reef Mall, Deira
I’m so glad you reviewed this place, Abigail. We pass by 2000 restaurant every day on our way home from work, and I have always been fascinated on what type of food they serve. Your honest review makes me want to try the place out (and I’ll remember the language barrier issue 😉 ). Thank you so much for sharing. Have a nice week!
Let me know how you find the food and hope that you don’t get a grumpy server 🙂
Its sad that a lot of people are not willing to try “local food” 😦 They’re quite lucky that more familiar cuisines are easily accessible here. I’m now wondering what would happen if there are no familiar cuisines…Hmmmmm.
Sad indeed, my MIL said maybe it comes with her age and not being exposed to different cultures/cuisine when she was younger.
Yup hard to find older folks who are open to try new things.