In a line: An award winning Chinese restaurant by Nelson Wang.
Price for two: Rs. 1500(approx)
Must haves: Steam fish dimsum, chilli prawns, olive fish, butter garlic prawns.
Nearest Metro Station: Hauz Khas
Next to our all time favourite Indian and Mughlai cuisine, stands tall with grace, the fresh, aromatic, flavourful and healthy Chinese food. A cuisine that is so versatile that we have actually come up with a completely different version of it, our desi Chinese. I think it’s the versatility of this cuisine that makes it so popular amongst us and hence, we have street vendors and vans, selling some lip smacking and spicy Chinese dishes.
But what if you’re looking for some authentic Chinese food in a restaurant that boasts of good food and good ambiance? That’s when you can give China Garden, an award winning Chinese restaurant by Nelson Wang, an heads up. It’s been around for years and despite the many Chinese restaurants that spring up, this place still holds it fort.
Adorned with huge dragons at the doors and beautiful Chinese artifacts, this dim-lit restaurant with hues of black and crimson red, give off a very cosy feel and thereby, makes it a perfect place to visit along with a loved one or with the entire family.
The menu offers a wide variety of dishes to choose from, but can actually get quite confusing as you just wouldn’t feel like skipping a few dishes that sound so delicious that they’ll make you drool.
Start your meal with some delicious steamed dim sum fish which has beautiful undertones of ginger and goes along with the spicy in-house made red sauce or jump onto the meat with sweet and spicy loo phai kut(pork spare ribs) which has a predominant flavour of star anise. The smoked chilli prawns, though might seem to be very spicy by the look of it, actually have a tiny hint of chillies that wouldn’t make you pick up the glass of water. Don’t forget to add a bit of crunch with some spicy kimchi salad and nor should you hesitate to ask a few more bowls of it.
For the mains, you can go from the mellow flavoured vegetables in yellow bean stir fry along with fortune rice with shitake mushrooms or opt for the flavoursome shanghai chicken that pairs well along with the teppan noodles, which come on top of a sizzling plate, which makes the noodles go crunchy at the bottom. But it’ll be the sea food that you should opt for at China Garden, unless you’re a vegetarian. The Korean butter chilli garlic prawns are so tender and buttery that you wouldn’t want to stop at one, and the black olive fish, which though may sound Italian, has been prepared by the chefs here with utmost care and perfection which comes across well in the delicious dish. Thereby, making it a must have.
Conclude your meal with a few spoonfuls of velvety smooth caramel custard or some hot and fried date pancakes that are served along with vanilla ice cream. Whereas if you’re a person with not much of a sweet tooth, then a cup or two of hearty jasmine tea will work just fine.
Value for Money- 3.5/5