Orion Mall, 26/1, Dr. Rajkumar Road, Malleswaram – Rajajinagar, Bangalore – 560 055
January 4. 2013.
Mainland China. The website claims that it is authentic Chinese as compared to the Indianized version of Chinese cuisine that is served here. Although there is one In Indiranagar, the parking problems in the area always put me off. Since we were in Orion mall one lovely evening and spied this place, it was time to find out!
I must say the entrance is grand, inviting & very Chinese 😉 The colors black, brown & red were used boldly inside the ambiance and quite gorgeously. The restaurant space is quite big compared to most of the mall restaurants.
There is an outdoor section facing the man made lake inside the Brigade Gateway campus (where the mall is located), it wasn’t quite full but the prospect of mosquitoes drove us inside 😀 Need to add here that I’ve never seen a more beautiful ambiance in a restaurant. Inspite of a lot of tables, the arrangement with the wooden partitions ensured good privacy and yes, it was romantic!
Soon after we settled in and were handed the menus, there came a smiling server with fragrant Chinese Green Tea. It was complimentary and was served multiple times on request. Delicious indeed!
The accompaniments were fresh – pickled cabbage, cucumber and carrot salad & the usual sauces on the side. It was especially pointed out by the server (not the usual case with other places where it’s practically ignored along with the cutlery on the table!)
Since we could not decide between the numerous yummy sounding starters, we were recommended the assorted non-veg Dimsum Platter. This had several pieces of Pan Grilled Crab Cakes, Prawn Hargao & Chicken Siu Mai.
The crab cakes actually had a substantial amount of meat in them to my surprise. Not very oily and absolutely crunchy, these were instant winners on the platter. The prawns were fresh, light on the palate as well as the chicken filled steamed wontons. This along with the green tea was the perfect start to the leisurely meal. Oh and we also had Red Wine along the side which I could not get a good picture of!
The mains consisted of Exotic Veggies in a chili basil sauce served in a lovely clay pot. Well I wouldn’t say they were exotic since we could see corn, capsicum, carrots, cauliflower, the usual. However they were cooked perfectly and the sticky sauce was really good along with the rice. More on the rice ahead…!
We were tempted to try the noodles but on spying the Fragrant Pot Rice, we decided to go along with that. This was a lightly frangranced rice with mushrooms in it. Hubby felt that it was bordering on basmati but I wasn’t entirely convinced. It was the perfect marriage with exotic veggies, light and aromatic.
Though we were shamefully stuffed, I had to try their dessert which was the Creme Brulee. Now this is something I haven’t had for ages so I didn’t remember the texture or flavor. It turned out to be delicious although the caramelized sugar on top didn’t crack well (suggesting it wasn’t prepared fresh but was stocked – a point I remembered seeing from Masterchef Australia). But it was a minor issue which didn’t overpower the taste!
A special mention to the service – absolutely fantastic! I can probably go on record that this was the best service I’ve had in any restaurant till date. It was on the spot and they just knew when to refill the plates.
The meal costed close to 2100 (Rs.) with all the taxes thrown in.
Full marks to this wonderful experience with Chinese cuisine. Am definitely not a native of China so I wouldn’t know if its authentic but the flavors are definitely different and gobsmackingly good!
Value for money: *****
Rating Guide: ***** (Excellent) **** (Good) *** (Average) ** (Bad) * (Avoid)