You enter China Garden restaurant by descending a wide and winding staircase and are greeted by an aquarium – once reading the newspaper articles on the wall youâ€™ll appreciate the symbolism of this to the owner. After overcoming our waitresses slight â€œno soup for youâ€ personality (think Seinfeld), we enjoyed our plum wine and sake and generous portions of good food. I highly recommend the sizzling rice soup. It was a bit like ordering fajitas with table side sizzle – fun and delicious.
Being located in the lower level of an old strip mall on the South side of South Bend wouldnâ€™t seem to make for good ambience but it was surprisingly quaint. With no windows and its downstairs location, cell phones donâ€™t even work. The restaurant is decorated with a great Asian flair: lots of red, china dolls, ornate paper mache lamps and chandeliers and Chinese symbols. It accommodates intimate booths for couples and larger round tables for family style dinners. Expect dinner entrÃ©es to cost between $7 and $10 and lunches under $6. The growth of the South side is materializing at last but this older gem is still worth a visit.
- 900 E. Ireland Road
South Bend, IN 46614
- Mon: 4 pm – 10 pm
Tue: 4 pm – 10 pm
Wed: 4 pm – 10 pm
Thu: 11 am – 3 pm and 4 pm – 10 pm
Fri: 11 am – 3 pm and 4 pm – 10 pm
Sat: 4 pm – 10 pm
Sun: 12 noon â€“ 7:30 pm