If weekend calls for pampering your taste buds with the fresh flavors of authentic pan Asian cuisine, while you crave for your favorite dimsums during weekdays, then Chi is the place to come to satiate your palate.
Located opposite the ever bustling market of Janpath, it forms a part of the umbrella of Chi restaurants that are known to toss up some delicious pan Asian delicacies.
Chi, meaning natural energy, is a restaurant that aims to deliver good Chinese food in a relaxed environment.
Unlike the other Chinese restaurants with Chinese paintings and pottery along with dragon motifs, Chi has taken a simplistic approach by offering an ambiance where you can unfold your busy day with a bowl, full of hot soup.
Situated on the first floor, the restaurant is splashed with yellow and blue tones combined with the warm wooden hues that give it a light and summery feel. The row of jars filled with colored rice and crockery on the walls is sure to capture one’s attention.
As for the food is concerned, Chi offers a blend of various dishes from different Asian countries and an array of interesting drinks which are prepared with freshest of ingredients to wake up every sense.
If you enjoy drinks with a kick of citrus, then don’t miss on to Buddha’s Palm, which is prepared with triple sec, orange and kafir lime. However, the best mocktail that they have in menu would definitely be the Beijing Martini. Prepared with balsamic vinegar, cranberry juice and cracked pepper, this was undoubtedly my winner drink.
I started with the Chiang Mai Glass Noodle Soup, which had a simple yet flavoursome broth with glass noodles. The Cheung Fun i.e a prawn based dumpling had an entire pc of crisp prawn, covered with a thin coating and served along with sweet soy turned out to be rather good.
The Fish in Thai Curry Paste would definitely be a favourite. Served in shot glasses, the succulent fish is packed full of flavour with the coconut based gravy and lime leaf.
I am a fan of spicy fish, and hence liked the Cha Ca Thang. Skewered fish marinated with dill and turmeric, this spicy starter gave a burst of flavour in my mouth.
The flavour of the lemongrass in the Thai Chicken Satay was good, but I felt that it was a little over done.
The best dish among the other mains that I tried was the Cheating Spicy Prawns. Crisp fried prawns slithered in spicy and tangy sauce, delicious. I would anyday prefer the kimchi fried noodles over the Mandarin noodles, which I felt were a little under cooked.
The meal ended with coconut pancakes, which had sweet dried coconut filling and were topped with a bit of orange drizzle. Served along with vanilla ice cream, this dessert though simple, won my heart.
Overall, dining at Chi was indeed an experience. The calm atmosphere combined with some delicious authentic pan asian food makes this a place to visit for your Asian food cravings. If they work on their service a bit more, it can become the next best spot for Asian food at great price.
Ps- The review is based on an invite for an event organised by Little Black Book.