Monk - Not quite a spiritual experience
Some people might find these disk like cocoons cool I for one thought I was about to be rolled over for the next tyre change. Anyway over all I guess the space was fine nothing exceptionally bad or good. Its nice to once in a while have a restaurant to yourself but this was not one of those times. In fact being in a mall is depressing enough then being in a empty restaurant inside a mall is... well anyways lets get to the food.
- Gratis Peanuts and Jasmine Tea - Yay freebies you got to love em! Especially when according to my wonderful companion they were the best part of the meal. The spice mix really was delicious, I could taste a combination of chilly, five spice and sugar.
- Sauces - I love love love my condiments. Come on, you can always find one condiment to go with every dish. Ok so you don't always neeeed them but who really "needs" anything anymore. This is what the little jars held: Garlic chilly sauce, Light Sauce (two thumbs up for keeping the less saly "light" soy sauce), Chilly vinegar something happening, Tamarind Sauce(tasted strangely citrusy) and good ol' Chilly Paste. Appreciate the effort but none worth going in to more detail about.
- Prawn and Coriander Dimsum - After looking at the decent sized list of dimsum I figured they were hinting for us to try. So we were deciding between this and the prawn cheong fun but weren't ready to give them so much credit and stuck to the easier option. Not bad. At first appearance you could tell the skin was decently thin and it wasn't over steamed and goopy. Inside the stuffing was generous juicy pieces of correctly seasoned prawns. Not the best of course but definitely a good attempt .. worth trying.
- Unpleasant Service - I'm going to jump to the service right about here. Because at this very point my companion accidentally knocked over the tray of sauces. *Whoops* . That was quite a bit of sauce spillage... So the waiter walked over and my very polite friend apologized not once, not twice but three times. The server with his stern and grump face neither responds nor smiles... through all three apologies. I mean come on it was a mistake that any "good" waiter would do his best not to even let you feel it was one! After that he did everything he had to, I'll give him that; wiped it all down, replaced our napkins, kept our water glasses filled through out, etc but all without a smile. Like it was all a very painful favour he had bestowed on us! I really had a strong desire to pour the sauces but on his angry little head this time! Oh he wasn't all unpleasant he did crack a meek smile as we got handed our bill. Gee thanks! His tip stood a better chance without the fake attempt!
- Penang Kway Teow - Oh geez! Honestly what to people think when writing these menus. "Ha just call it anything who'll know anyway"... ?? There may be a enough people who do not know what a kway teow or Penang curry is but there is also enough who do! This was supposed to be a Penang curry flavoured kway teow. I'm sorry to say not only was it neither of those but it wasn't very good to eat as what ever it was either! And a good Char Kweo Teow is one of the best dishes ever, how on earth could they associate this dish with that. OOof! The prawns tasted a bit questionable too. Avoid!
- Sticky Rice Bowl - Chicken w/ Dry Red Chillies, Peanuts, and Soy Sauce, Sichuan Style - If you are wondering where are the Red Chillies? Well they didn't put any. Now I won't be completely mean because she did ask me if I wanted it medium spicy or spicy so I said medium. Not realizing it would be at the expense of the Dry Red Chillies that usually add more of a smokey depth of flavour than that much hotness, in such a dish. On top of which I didn't know it would be loaded with capsicum which it was. From the description it sounded like they were trying to create a Kung Pao which I love, but I guess not. Now to be fair this actually tasted pretty good despite the overly saucy goopy way it looks. The sauce's main flavour was soy sauce with the undertone of Chinese rice wine. I would have preferred it to be not be so corn starch laden. And not as saucy but that's also just personal preference. The combination of this dish with sticky rice and the idea of eating from a big round bowl was all very warm and comforting.
BUDGET - Moderate -
We didn't stay for dessert. And the final bill came to Rs. 1544 for two mains and an appetizer.
Overall if you are in the area give it a try. The bowls are definitely an interesting concept.
It is by no means authentic but is tasty in its own convolutedly concocted way.
ALCOHOL - YES
1st Floor - Near Hard Rock Cafe and Cinema
M - 101, DLF Place, Saket
Labels: Chinese, Pan Asian, Thai