In a line: A restaurant offering the best of both worlds, Chinese and North Indian food.
Cuisine: Chinese, North Indian
Price for two: Rs. 1600(approx)
Nearest metro station: IIFCO chowk
Must haves: bhatti ka murg, rogan lamb shank, chicken sui mai, chicken bao, litchi ki tehri
Feel like going out to eat tonight with family and are contemplating whether to enjoy a hearty North Indian meal with some dal makhni and kebabs or you’re wanting to test your chopstick skills with some dimsums and noodles? If it is Chinese vs North Indian food that has got you confused then be rest assured that this newly opened restaurant in Sector 29, Gurgaon has got you covered.
Introducing the concept of two restaurants under one roof, Veda and Dijinggs have decided to collaborate under one open kitchen at this newly opened outlet in Gurgaon and are here to satiate your cravings for some delicious North Indian dishes and authentic Chinese delicacies.
The dim lit restaurant is done up in a very interesting fashion to highlight the best of both, the North Indian and Chinese worlds. While one half of the restaurant is marked by carved chandeliers, marble inlay wooden tables and plush leather seating, the other half is simplistic and is marked with white table runners and hanging Chinese umbrellas.
Veda, a brand that needs no introduction when it comes to North Indian dishes is offering some interesting options to choose from. Start your meal with a unique crispy eggplant salad or veda curry leaves, which has crunchy potato with curry leaves, lotus stems and spices. The palak patta chaat is absolutely amazing and is probably one of the best that I’ve had till now. Crunchy, sweet and spicy, this is something that you should look forward to. The dahi ke kebab are a bit on the sweeter side and go beautifully well with their homely spicy green chutney. However, it is the bhatti ka murg that was the highlight of the meal. Marinated in loads of spices and cooked away to perfection in a tandoor, this chicken can give any other tandoori chicken a run for its money. The mains were equally good, be it the humble dal makhni or the full-on spice, chettinad chicken. Though it was the rogan lamb shank that stole the show in the mains. Falling off the bone meat in a crimson rich gravy, this kashmiri style mutton dish is worth a shot.
Djinggs, the Chinese restaurant also has some amazing dishes up its sleeve to please our palate. Start your meal on a hearty note with their comforting shi jinn or mixed seafood soup that has a kick of freshness of coriander or jump on to some drool-worthy dimsums. Vegetarians could opt for the pok choi spinach or corn dumplings and the non-vegetarians should definitely try the chicken sui mai and lamb dumplings, that are full of delicious meaty juices. The chicken bao and pork bao are also worth a mention. Freshly steamed and loaded with meat that is coated in spices, the sweet and fluffy baos taste great and are a must have. In the mains, mushroom or chicken claypot rice can be a very nice and wholesome option that is packed with a lot of flavours. However, the tofu in home chilli sauce with stir fried vegetable noodles was the winner in Chinese mains for the day.
The meal concluded on a sweet note, with desserts from both, veda as well as djiniggs, flowing in. While I enjoyed the darsan or crispy honey noodles with vanilla ice cream from djiniggs, it was the litchi ki tehri and kesar kulfi from Veda that had an upper hand. As weird as it may sound, litchi ki tehri was similar to a rabdi with mild undertones of litchi and had crunchy bits of dried fruits.
Confession: Overall, my meal at Djinggs and Veda turned out to be fairly good. While the staff needs to be honed over a bit about the dishes, the service was attentive and swift. The food is equally competitive in both the restaurants and hence, it will be very difficult to pick a favourite amongst the two.
Value for money: 4/5