REMEMBER when Made In China meant quaint, girly and vaguely silly names like â€œSmiling Flower Pencilsâ€ and â€œDancing Swan Batteriesâ€? When we got to Happy Heaven Chinese Restaurant, I remembered those days.
This restaurant is on Bukoto Road, next to the more famous (and more flamboyant) Cayenne, but I tried my best not to make comparisons.
We walked in on a Saturday night and found that what seemed to be the better-decorated part of Happy Heaven was being used for a wedding reception.
There was a waiter with a fresh smile to contrast with his fading uniform Polo shirt to shepherd us away, further into the premises, to the part where they would feed us.
There were only four tables under the thatch roof and we made our pick.
The menu had both Indian and Chinese food on it, pleasant surprise.
My guest, Mildred, was going to have the Indian. I settled for something much more sedateâ€”Happy Heavenâ€™s Special Chicken Noodle, hold the spices. Mildred had Chicken Tikka masala.
The waiter apologised that he was out of fresh juice, but could sort us out with a glass of (a popular brand of) packaged fruit juice.
I thought that would be the only quibble, but then several minutes later, there was no sign of the food. Those minutes accumulated into a new quibble.
It finally arrived and I will not diss it. It was good food and the chicken noodle was especially pleasant.
Plus the portions were quite large. I will be gracious and blame the long wait on the strain the wedding reception was putting on the kitchen staff and give this place my recommendation.
Nice service, good food. And there is a playground area we noticed (lying fallow as it was late evening) so take your kids, too.
Nice service, delicious food all made in China