P F Chang's, Mall of the Emirates

by Jannat & Pawan Manghnani on May 13th, 2016

About

​1960s:
Even though the first P.F. Chang's opened in 1993, the story begins in the early 1960s. Cecilia Chiang was flourishing in the wild success of her Chinese restaurant, The Mandarin. Flash forward to 1974 and she has a second location in Beverly Hills, feeding celebrities like John Lennon and Yoko Ono. That year, Cecilia was called back to China for an extended trip. Her son, Philip, just out of art school, was realizing the woes of finding work as an artist. He stepped in to run the restaurant. And run the restaurant he did.

1990s:
​Enter restaurateur Paul Fleming. He's living in Arizona running a successful restaurant concept, but also spending time at his regular Chinese place in Los Angeles called Mandarette. How does restaurant owner Philip Chiang make only three ingredients taste so tantalizingly delicious? He hopped on planes for business meetings, but mostly for some lettuce wraps; customers would surely flock. With a handshake, they agree to share the magic and P.F. Chang's is born.

Review

P. F. Chang's China Bistro is essentially an American-Asian cuisine restaurant. Legend says thats it originated in Arizona (US) of all places by a guy who was called Philip Fleming Chiang, hence the initials in the name! 
 
Anyways, My wife is an ardent Oriental cuisine fan, so after some cardio-strolling around the Mall of the Emirates, we decided to eat at this joint of PFC for a change! And now to think of it, i don’t think there is a branch in Dubai where we mustn’t have eaten. The good thing about franchises is consistency! We’ve never been a prey of inequality between branches in Dubai. 

The Experience

We arrived early on a weekday for dinner and here were only a few tables occupied then, so we just sat ourselves at a place of our choosing. Our lovely server provided us the menu, and it was mainly directed towards my wife as i knew i would only have the Dynamite shrimps and nothing else! She scrolled through and chose to go with the Dali Chicken as it was the spiciest choice amongst the poultry options available, along with brown rice on the side. Our server was a bit hesitant thinking its a small order for the two of us and we should order some more, but we were confident in our choices and didn’t. So while we were waiting, i quickly went to the inside area of the restaurant and started clicking pictures, you know for Tomato, but the manager lady there didn’t seem very comfortable and ran towards me to prohibit any picture taking. All my efforts about explaining about tomato were in vain because apparently they had never heard of it! Hilarious. Anyways, i returned back to the seat and luckily the food had already arrived. The least i could do was take pictures of my food.

The Food

In one word. Amazing. The battered dynamite shrimps never disappoint with their explosive spicy and tangy flavour. Even the portion size is perfect for one person, and like I assumed, did not need to order something more. Have eaten Dynamite Shrimps at P. F. Chang's more than a hundred times already and I still look forward to eating the same dish whenever I am here. That is the level of success this particular dish enjoys across the world. Have even tried Dynamite Shrimps at a lot of other places but nobody even slightly comes close to P. F. Chang's success story.
​The Dali Chicken which was a combination of soft and tender slices of chicken and potatoes wok stir-fried in a fiery chili sauce, claimed to be one of their spiciest dishes, it was not AS spicy as it said but it wasn’t bad either! Some of pieces were a bit overcooked and hence dry, but it was still something that was wiped off the plate accompanied by the crunchy brown rice which went perfectly well with the main. 

Rating

Interiors –
Good

Location –
Excellent

Ambiance –
Excellent

Value for Money –
Average

Service & Hospitality –
Good

Quality & Taste of Food –
Excellent

Cost–
About AED50-100 Per PAX

​​Cuisine–
Chinese

Address–
​Ground Level, Opposite Asha's, Mall of the Emirates, Dubai

Verdict–
Its one of our favourite oriental restaurants and the availability of different joints in most major malls makes it more accessible and then there is always the trust of the brand and the consistency of taste, that makes us wanna go again and again!   Oh and its value for money, so why the hell not?
Power Couple & Lifestyle Bloggers Jannat Manghnani (@PriyankaVidhani) & Pawan Manghnani (@AyaashPaw) love food. It's the only thing they eat. They embark on a unique adventure every evening trying to break free from the routine while soaking in a new experience, well detailed into blogs so friends & family can benefit from them. Read about the entire experience by checking out our various blogs. Remember, A drop of ink may make a million think.


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