English menu? Yes
Kid’s menu? No, but the restaurant can make smaller portions for kids.
General kid friendliness of menu: Pickier kids might be reluctant to try all the different curries and sauces, but there are also grilled meats, various flatbreads (like naan, paratha, and roti), and kid-friendly appetizers.
Staff: The English-speaking staff is very friendly and accommodating.
Bathroom: There’s a clean, sit-down bathroom right next to the Taj Pavilion.
Best items for kids: There are many mild options for kids. Try the classic butter chicken (RMB 62) or vegetable samosas (RMB 25 for three). For dessert, indulge your kids with some gulab jamun (RMB 25), or balls of deep fried cream cheese served in hot sugar syrup.
Kids’ play area? No, but there is a bowling alley on the same floor.
Seating: The spacious indoor seating is comprised of booths and tables. Highchairs are available.
Price: RMB 350-400
Accepts credit cards? Yes
Must-order item: Chicken tikka masala with tomato gravy (RMB 62) or palak paneer (fresh cottage cheese chunks cooked with spinach) for RMB 48, and a basket of glistening butter naan (RMB 15).
In a nutshell: The Taj Pavilion offers exceptional service and authentic Indian food with quality ingredients and spices. Though the dinner bill can add up pretty fast, reasonable lunch specials keep locals and business types coming back for more.
Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 6-10.30pm. 3/F, Lido Place, 6 Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District (6436 7678)
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