The interior of the House of Chinese is hip, calm and oriental. The lights are dim, and the walls are covered in paintings of Chinese buildings and dolls. At the end of a long hall, the tables are set in an L-shape. That is where the evening high-tea that starts at four and ends at six is served. The hi tea includes a three-tier salad bar and the salad was healthy, colorful, delicious and fresh. Other snacks that were served include sandwiches, samosas, spring rolls and chicken tempura. The chicken tempura with their lovely sweet and sour dip is a must-have. The buffalo wings, accompanied with a special sauce were also very tasty. The restaurant intends to present the modern tastes and spices of Chinese origin to Pakistan. Therefore the dishes have sharp tastes, colours and aroma, but are well-adjusted for the local palate. The main course includes a dozen dishes. House of Chinese intends to present the modern tastes and spices of Chinese origin to Pakistan There was the beef chili which was spicy and aromatic. This dish was a favorite of many people. The manchurian was authentic and tasty. And one could not have enough of the chicken shashlik and the sweet and sour Chicken. Some fantastic crispy sesame chicken was also available, that worked very well with the egg fried rice. Each dish had vibrant colour and was warm and fresh. The recipes often had a sprinkle of vegetables and spices to enrich the aroma further. There were a few continental dishes as well on the menu for those who prefer a broader variety of tastes. There are fresh garlic rice, chowmein and mother-watering egg fried rice to accompany the dishes of your choice. One has more than enough options to explore in the main course, as well as the salads, sides, and desserts. The menu also has delectable desserts like souffle, banana split, brownies, cream cakes, and custards. But the absolute winner on the sweet side is the bread and butter pudding which comes with a sweet buttery syrup. Dieters beware: one can just not have enough of that pudding and has to return to it more than once despite being full. The dessert is soft and buttery like it should be. One can smell its beautiful aroma from miles away. There is a wide variety of drinks, sides, and salads that one can order with the high-tea. Dozens of people were present on the inauguration last weekend, giving the impression that ‘House of Chinese’ or HOC as it is often referred to, is a hit with food lovers. This space is perfectly child-friendly and quiet enough for busy workers to carry on their evening assignments on their laptop while munching on some the Chinese Cuisine. The tea that follows the high-tea is also excellent and leaves the eater (or over-eater in my case) refreshed again. The pina collada and fresh lime were also much appreciated. We highly recommend this high-tea for a quick-fix to your appetite. This high-tea is particularly suitable for those who work around MM Alam or are shopping there as the evening is the best time to over-eat and burn the calories in the bazaars and malls. Published in Daily Times, October 8th 2018.