The Chinese Club in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Please note that the meal was complimentary. However, the opinions expressed in my blog are 100% my own!

 The Chinese Club in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

The Chinese Club in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

When being invited at The Chinese Club in Williamsburg, I had no idea about the history coming with this place. Stacey Lo, co-owner with her husband of this place that opened in March 2016, is the Granddaughter of Lo Fung Foo, the founder of the original Chinese Club, a restaurant in Darjeeling, India, established in 1914 (hence the reference on the facade), that catered to Chinese expatriates. From outside, you would not guess that history as well as the fantastic decor inside that may look overdone by some. The dining room in the front has nothing spectacular besides the funny drawings of super heroes, the mahjong tiles from Ms Lo's Grandmother or the Chinese temple. No, it is the back that is amazing, giving the feel that you travelled miles away: red paper lanterns or colorful posters give a certain atmosphere to the place.

 Entrance of The Chinese Club in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Entrance of The Chinese Club in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

 Chinese temple at The Chinese Club in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Chinese temple at The Chinese Club in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

 Dining room at The Chinese Club in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Dining room at The Chinese Club in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

 Chandelier at The Chinese Club in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Chandelier at The Chinese Club in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

 Decor at The Chinese Club in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Decor at The Chinese Club in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

 Buddhas at The Chinese Club in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Buddhas at The Chinese Club in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

 Dining room at The Chinese Club in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Dining room at The Chinese Club in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

 Drawings at The Chinese Club in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Drawings at The Chinese Club in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Foodwise, we were there for a treat and, before telling you what I had, I should mention that Ms Lo and her husband, Salil Mehta, are the owners of Laut, the first Malaysian restaurant to receive a Michelin star in New York. The cuisine served at The Chinese Club is Indo-Chinese, with a majority of Chinese dishes, a nice choices of vegetarian specialties as well as Indian classics like the butter chicken, all dishes perfect to share. Here is what I tried:

To start, we ordered some drinks. Jodi chose a Thai Iced Tea:

 Thai iced tea at The Chinese Club in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Thai iced tea at The Chinese Club in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

 Thai iced tea at The Chinese Club in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Thai iced tea at The Chinese Club in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

I went for the Dragon Mojito, a massive cocktail made with sugarcane syrup, sake, lime, pepper, dragon fruit and mint. This was definitely a dangerous drink as it was not that strong and could be drank like milk...

 Dragon mojito at The Chinese Club in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Dragon mojito at The Chinese Club in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

 Dragon Mojito at The Chinese Club in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Dragon Mojito at The Chinese Club in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

There were also some spicy crackers that were quite addictive on the table.

 Crackers at The Chinese Club in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Crackers at The Chinese Club in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

 Crackers at The Chinese Club in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Crackers at The Chinese Club in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

The first dish was salt and pepper tempura mushrooms, one of their popular appetizers: crispy and not greasy, this was very good and a perfect choice if you love mushrooms. Know that they also have the same dish made with okra.

 Salt and pepper mushrooms at The Chinese Club in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Salt and pepper mushrooms at The Chinese Club in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

 Salt and pepper mushrooms at The Chinese Club in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Salt and pepper mushrooms at The Chinese Club in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

The second appetizer was the Peking style pork ribs: I admit that, although it looked very appetizing, the ribs did not deliver, being a bit tough...

 Peking style pork ribs at The Chinese Club in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Peking style pork ribs at The Chinese Club in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

 Peking style pork ribs at The Chinese Club in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Peking style pork ribs at The Chinese Club in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Next was the Sizzling Manchurian chicken, a dish served in a very hot skillet that is made with chili, garlic, ginger and cilantro. Very good, it was slightly spicy.

 Sizzling Manchurian Chicken at The Chinese Club in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Sizzling Manchurian Chicken at The Chinese Club in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

 Sizzling Manchurian Chicken at The Chinese Club in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Sizzling Manchurian Chicken at The Chinese Club in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

 Sizzling Manchurian Chicken at The Chinese Club in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Sizzling Manchurian Chicken at The Chinese Club in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

The chicken was served with rice and I opted for the biryani rice that was really good, with or without the chicken, and that I recommend over white or brown rice.

 Biryani rice at The Chinese Club in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Biryani rice at The Chinese Club in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

The next entree was the mixed vegetables stir fry composed of tofu, carrots, snow peas, broccoli and potato.

 Mixed vegetables stir fry at The Chinese Club in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Mixed vegetables stir fry at The Chinese Club in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

The last entree was the buttery black pepper shrimp, some sort of tempura shrimp served with mushroom, onions, bell peppers and curry leaves. Quite good, the shrimp were perfectly cooked and I loved the brown sauce that smothered them.

 Buttered black pepper shrimp at The Chinese Club in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Buttered black pepper shrimp at The Chinese Club in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

 Buttered black pepper shrimp at The Chinese Club in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Buttered black pepper shrimp at The Chinese Club in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Last was dessert, and what a dessert! It was their signature: the kulfi waffle. Kulfi is an Indian ice cream an this was a fusion between the Chinese egg waffle and Indian ice cream, the later made with purple yam or ube. The presentation was beautiful and the waffle fantastic, soft with a nice hint of coconut milk; I admit though that I did not like the ice cream that had a weird taste (well remember it was purple yam).

 Kulfi waffle at The Chinese Club in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Kulfi waffle at The Chinese Club in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

 Kulfi waffle at The Chinese Club in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Kulfi waffle at The Chinese Club in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

 Kulfi waffle at The Chinese Club in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Kulfi waffle at The Chinese Club in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

This was a great meal, not your traditional Chinese food for sure, although some dishes are fairly classic. I like The Chinese Club and it is worth trip to Brooklyn. I will definitely go back there to try some other dishes.

Enjoy (I did)!

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The Chinese Club - 208 Grand Street Brooklyn, NY 11211

 
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