Red Ocean Butterflies

  • Restaurants
  • Asian
  • Central Asian
6 China View, Gongti Dong Lu

For a restaurant that describes itself as a musical restaurant, Red Ocean Butterflies hits all the wrong notes. Its cuisine reflects the chain's origins in South East Asia and the lengthy menu, which includes curries, banana leaf and stir-fries, makes one wonder how the cooks can prepare so many dishes successfully. The answer is, they can't. Out of five dishes, only the chicken curry (58RMB) pleases in both flavours and authenticity. Most off the mark is gado gado chicken salad (18RMB), a bowl of shredded cabbage, chicken and copious chillies that bears no resemblance to the Indonesian, peanut sauce-drenched salad of its name. Stir-fried tea leaves and prawns (58RMB) is an oily pile of leaves and fishing out the flavourless prawns is akin to finding the proverbial needle in a haystack. One hopes the live music performances are better composed.

Venue name: Red Ocean Butterflies
Opening hours: 10am-4am daily
English address: 6 China View, Gongti Dong Lu, Chaoyang district
Chinese address: 朝阳区工体东路丙2号中国红街1区3层城市宾馆旁
  • 4 out of 5 stars