In a line: Your go-to place for authentic Chinese food.
Price for two: Rs 4500(approx)
Location: Hyatt, Bhikaji Cama Place, New Delhi
Must haves: Spicy Sichuan salad, pan-fried lamb dumpling, Peking duck, mapu tofu
If we were to pick a cuisine other than our own Indian food, then the polls will shoot for our beloved Chinese food. A cuisine that we have dearly adopted, and even made a completely different version of, by the name of Indian Chinese, that even finds a place as a website article on Wikipedia, Chinese food has always found a place in our hearts.
But what if you’re aching for a departure from the greasy chowmein, deep fried chilli chicken and honey chilli potatoes, and are wanting to experience the authentic delicacies that China has to offer. That’s when The China Kitchen, Hyatt will come to rescue.
With seven speciality chef’s in place, be assured of experiencing the best of culinary offerings, at this contemporary Chinese restaurant that is marked by elegance and finesse. Perfect for an intimate dinner with your loved one or for roaring brunches with your family and friends, The China Kitchen should be topping your list of places to visit for authentic Chinese food.
After having successfully completed a decade, The China Kitchen is all set for celebrations, and in lieu of that is offering a discount of 50% to all its patrons on food and soft beverages every Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays until the end of September 2017.
With a menu that has a variety of dishes at disposal, from dim sums to noodles to wok tossed to desserts, The China Kitchen ensures that even the most discerning diners find something to please their palate.
Last Friday evening, my sojourn at China Kitchen began with a spicy sichuan chicken salad that had bits of crushed peanuts and sesame seeds which gave it an element of crunch and nuttiness. This was followed by the little bundles of deliciousness that I can easily binge on to, dim sums. The steamed green vegetable and broccoli dumplings were demolished in no time with the sweet and spicy chilli jam. Amongst the non-vegetarian dumplings, while I thoroughly enjoyed the simplicity of the prawn tail dumpling, it was the glutinous pan-fried lamb dumpling, that had bao-like exterior, that I’d want to bet my money on. I paired the dim sums with the crisp and young Soledoro Rubicone Trebbiano white wine, that didn’t overpower the delicate dumplings.
The dumplings were followed by the pièce de résistance of the meal, the Peking duck. Plump bird, evenly coated in a beautiful hue of orange with crunchy lustrous skin, hiding beneath it the succulent meat..Peking duck hails from Beijing and is a dish that has been impeccably replicated by the Chef at The China Kitchen, making it the best Peking duck that I’ve ever had in Delhi NCR. Keeping the traditional dining experience intact, the duck is carved right in front of you by the speciality chef, who slices it which such flair, that it’s hard to take your eyes off even for a second.
The main course turned out to be an elaborate affair, with a number of dishes to gorge down. The crispy and crunchy wok-fried shou zi lamb had a mellow undertone of cumin and went brilliantly well with the chilli sauce that accompanied the lamb. Mapu tofu, a widely popular Chinese dish from Sichuan province has been done justice and the spicy dish paired well with some mushroom and black bean fried rice. The unsung hero has to be the wok tossed eggplant with chilli and soy, that was relished by everybody on the table. The mains were devoured with a glass or two of rojo vivo tempranillo that went well with the meat dishes.
My meal got the perfect conclusion with the dessert tray that had their much-raved-about cognac chocolate cigar, a scoop of sesame chocolate ice cream, creme brulee and Chinese egg tart. Everything on the platter tasted nothing short of delicious, but even though the chocolate lover in me hates to say this, the gooey Chinese egg tart is the dessert that’ll bring me back to this again, very soon!
Confession: My dinner at The China Kitchen, Hyatt, ticked all the right boxes. From food to service to ambience, everything was taken good care of, making it the perfect place to visit for those Chinese food cravings!