West Lake Spring is an authentic Chinese eatery which is more canteen/cafeteria on the ground floor and proper restaurant on the first floor. It caters to the Chinese community who visit and work in and around the Baniyas area. Located in the China Building (surprise, surprise) beside the Riveria Hotel on the Baniyas creek side and the Jesco supermarket on the Nasser square side, this modest eatery is well appointed and clean…and very, very busy at peak times. I visited just after the lunch rush and got a ground floor table by the window overlooking the creek. The window tables upstairs are the ones with truly amazing views.
I did not have my Chinese food buddies with me on this visit, so I first sought someone who speaks English (a challenge). Funnily enough my linguistic saviour turned out to be a chirpy young Nepalese boy. I really fancied a bowl of chicken noodle soup and asked if they have anything similar. He showed me to my table and, a couple of minutes later, brought me a giant bowl of what I can best describe as…Chinese ramen. The stock was hearty, the handmade noodles were perfectly al dente and there was plenty of chopped up chicken – delicious.
West Lake Spring offers a lot more than noodle soup. If you like your Chinese food (and ambiance) authentic and you are in the Baniyas area, I recommend you try this canteen-cafeteria-restaurant. Note, this is not a new restaurant. It’s simply been completely revamped.
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