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“Good food, but you go for the view” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of China House

China House
Ranked #18 of 1,254 Restaurants in Alexandria
Cuisines: Chinese, Asian, Japanese, Thai
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Child-friendly
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Description: Telephone 03 487 7173
Ottawa, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“Good food, but you go for the view”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 June 2012

The menu is extensive (Chinese, Thai, Japanese), and the food is alright, although a bit salty. The reason why you'd want to go to China House, though, is the magnificent view over the Eastern Harbour. The Cecil Hotel is located on the Corniche, and it's close proximity to water (and height) gives the illusion that it's build right on the water. Arrive just before sunset to take advantage of the beautiful light.

Bonus: They serve alcohol.

  • Visited June 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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“Excellent Chinese Restaurant with a Beautiful View”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 April 2012

The Sofitel Hotel Cecil is a lovely historic hotel in its own right but nestled on top of it's rooftop is a delicious Chinese restaurant with a beautiful view overlooking the sea. Try to sit on one of the many tables next to the low wall and turrets for an uninterrupted view. If the weather is too hot or too cold then it is possible to sit in an indoor section on the rooftop, but if you can time it right and can eat on a day with a cool breeze, or on a balmy night, then out of doors next to the low wall, facing the sea is definitely the best option.

We have eaten here a few times and have enjoyed the vegetable spring rolls, hot and sour soup (very spicy so beware if you can't tolerate very spicy food), and prawn crackers for starters. Then usually for the main courses we like to mix sweet, spicy and savory dishes so typically we will eat the crispy beef and chilies, Chicken kung Po, chicken in orange sauce and possibly sweet and sour prawns or the prawns in lemon sauce. But really you are spoiled for choice and we haven't had a bad or mediocre meal yet - all have been delicious. There is also a Thai section in the menu so if you wish to mix and match the Chinese and Thai food you can. Occasionally we have included a green or red Thai curry, which has been very tasty. Unlike many other Chinese restaurants, we haven't needed to ask the China House to make the food extra extra spicy as the spicy food is very spicy anyway and satisfies our love of very spicy food.
The price is no more and no less than the usual Chinese restaurant but the staff are very friendly and helpful and you can enjoy alcohol with or after your meal if you wish to. You can also take a drink after in one of the hotel bars or relax there with a coffee, if you fancy a change after eating lunch or dinner in the China House. Highly recommended.

  • Visited December 2011
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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