The first course is of course dim sum and you can choose any two from the six options (of which 2 are non-vegetarian). So we picked both the Chicken & Prawn Sui-mai and Pak Choi Wrapped Chicken in Szechuan Sauce.
|Pak choi wrapped chicken (L), Chicken and Prawn Sui Mai|
Amongst the vegetarian options, we tried the Crystal Luffa Melon Dumpling and the Shitake Mushroom Dumpling. The chicken & prawn sui-mai was excellent and the crystal luffa melon dumpling surprisingly good – slightly sweet, but bags of flavour. The pak choi wrapped chicken was a bit dense, but the accompanying sauce was good. I was disappointed with the shitake mushroom dumpling – there were too many veggies and not enough shitake.
|Crystal luffa melon dumpling|
|Shitake mushroom dumpling|
There were four choices for the main course (2 each of veg & non-veg). The husband ordered the Stir Fried Chicken with Szechuan Peppercorn and I decided to go for the Steamed Rawas in Black Bean Sauce. 10 minutes later the server returned to announce, much to my disappointment, that the rawas was not available. Reluctantly I settled for the Stir Fried French Beans with Shitake Mushrooms.
|Stir fried French Beans (L), Hofan noodles|
Along with the mains, you can order either of the staples – Hofan Noodles or Vegetable Fried Rice with Asparagus & Sweet Corn – both vegetarian. The stir fried chicken was quite nice, sweet and spicy and the stir fried french beans were also perfectly cooked. However, I felt that the accompanying shitake sauce was too salty. The fried rice had a lovely peppery taste and the thickly cut hofan noodles with veggies were delicious. I would have happily gobbled up a plateful of these if I weren’t already stuffed!
For dessert, the choice was between the Chocolate Mandarin Tart and Jaffa Cake. The mousse in the jaffa cake was dense (not light & airy), but the biscuit-y base was deliciously crunchy. The accompanying chocolate and orange ice cream was creamy and the orange bits gave it a nice bite. I’d suggest you go for the excellent tart – a lovely combination of chocolate mandarin ganache and mandarin caramel cream, topped with confit orange. The tart is served with a refreshing mandarin yoghurt sorbet. Overall a winner!
|Chocolate Mandarin Tart|
My one grouse is that both the desserts offered on the menu have a similar flavour profile – chocolate and orange. Perhaps another combination would have been a better idea, as it would then really give the customers a choice.
Service was, as usual, quite slow and there was a bit of a mix-up with our bill at the end. It’s a good deal for Rs. 1,250 (inclusive), though! Lunch and dinner menus are the same.