Gypsy Chinese first opened its doors in 1982 in Mumbai, India and now boasts of various branches here in the U.A.E. One of their Dubai branches recently relocated to Karama and that is when I actually heard about this outlet. I may have been living under a rock because this outlet has been very famous amongst many Indians for the Desi Chinese they serve and even though I’m an ardent Desi Chinese fan, I never knew about such a restaurant.
They are infamous for their vegetarian dishes that are much loved by hardcore non-vegetarians as well and all the dishes have the authentic Chinese touch in a way that we Indians always love.
Situated on Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Street near Park Regis Hotel, it looks like a small place but has ample seating area with a view to the cooking area. The interior is decorated in typical Chinese fashion with massive money toads on the floor, red lanterns hanging from the ceiling and Chinese figurines all around.
I visited this outlet for dinner with y family on a Thursday evening at around 7:30pm. It was pretty much empty when we got there but by the time we were leaving, it was full. Yes, completely ……not a vacant table in sight!!
I don’t usually order soup while dining out but that day we thought of having one since it was freezing outside, and I had a blocked nose. So, hubby and I went with Hot and Sour Chicken Soup. It was flavourful and perfect for the weather and my blocked nose!!
For starters we had Prawns Pepper Chilly and Spicy Dynamite Chicken. The prawns were super spicy, and it was too much for me and my kiddo to handle but not for hubby. The chicken was good and well balanced in terms of spiciness. Also got to try their various sauces and special Kimchi.
To calm down this heat, we had Bora Bora and Blue Sea. I loved the Bora Bora which was a mix of various fruit juices.
Mains were Sizzling Noodles and Burnt Garlic Chicken Gravy. Sizzling noodles is basically hakka noodles served on a sizzling pan, but it was so delicious. the special chilly paste that they use in its preparation was bang on flavour. It was a wonderful combination with the burnt garlic chicken.
Though I was too full and my lil one fell asleep half-way through the meal, I still ordered dessert. On the recommendation of the server, I went with Chocolate Mud Cake and it was the best decision ever. Warm gooey chocolatey cake with vanilla ice-cream was the ultimate bliss. Words cannot describe how out of this world it was. Try it to believe it!!!
A special shoutout to our server, Chandrakanth, and the Manager, Ghambir, for their hospitality.