If you're looking for great, authentic flavours, look no further - Long Teng is hidden away in Business Bay but it is worth the visit for a gastronomical journey to China.
The restaurant is large, light and airy, spread out over multiple floors which allows a more intimate dining experience as the tables are nicely spaced throughout. On entering, guests' attention will be drawn to the huge aquarium where you can select the seafood you wish to eat at dinner.
The main menu is extensive with a well-balanced mix of refined classics and some more unfamiliar picks that the staff are more than happy to explain. It's wise to start with a selection of dim sum plates, designed to share with the rest of the table. Popular choices include prawn and chive dumplings and the steamed chicken xiao long bun. For a more adventurous pick, try the steamed chicken feet or the egg custard buns.
Of course, the main event is the live seafood with a wide selection on offer; dishes are steamed, grilled, poached or even served raw as sashimi. More familiar dishes include beef in a black bean sauce, kung pao chicken, egg fried rice and tempura vegetables.
The excitment does not stop there as Long Teng provides diners with an array of traditional Chinese sweet and dessert options. Using traditional bases, the chef's stuff buns with a sweet pumpkin and coconut paste and use seseame and peanut in a rice pastry. For a showstopper of a dessert, opt for the signature bird nest which includes three delicate birds in black nest-like cases.
This offering of traditional Chinese cuisine can be enjoyed alongside Chinese teas or fresh fruit juices.