Near Hamdan Street, Al Markaziya.
First time reviewer... China Friends, Al Markaziya Food: 🌟🌟🌟🌟... Service: 🌟🌟🌟🌟 Ambiance: 🌟🌟🌟🌟 Price: 🌟🌟🌟🌟 Since moving here, we have been on a search to find the best authentic Chinese food in town--dishes that extend beyond Beef Broccoli and Sweet and Sour Chicken. We were pleasantly surprised when we stumbled upon China Friends near Hamdan Street.
Upon seeing the small store front, we entered and walked up a flight of stairs to find a lovely little restaurant just waiting to be discovered.
We ordered our usual favorites which included beef stir-fried flat noodles, garlic kang kong (water spinach), crispy spicy chicken wings, and crispy duck. All of the dishes were well seasonsed and had a depth of flavor that only a properly heated wok can give to Chinese food. The flat noodles, though thinner than expected, were delcicious. The duck provided the perfect balance of juicy duck fat and meat that only comes when eating duck. The water spinach is a family favorite and all of us, kids included, enjoyed it. The chicken wings, although different than expected, had a surprisingly balanced flavor with additions of bell peppers and peanuts.
We also decided to try the braised beef short ribs, which were a bit of a disappointment. They were too salty and the sauce was too thick.
All in all, China Friends offers tasty food and may very well be a hidden gem. The service was good, though there was some confusion in one of the dishes we ordered, which our waiter fixed after a communication error. And, although the flavors were not exactly up to our "authentic standard," they came pretty close.