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Food Review: Kylin Sky Bar, Ambience Mall, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi

Ambience Mall, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi

Reviewed By Apoorva Mohan

Cuisine: Chinese, Japanese, Thai

On The Menu: Assorted Vegetable Dim Sums, Assorted Chicken Lamb & Prawn Dim Sums, Tiger Prawn with Teriyaki & Egg Roll Yolk Sauce, Mushrooms Yakitori, Claypot Vegetables with Tofu & Rice.

The Experience: Perched on the third floor of Ambience Mall Vasant Kunj, Kylin Sky Bar has an exclusive approach. In accordance with the oriental theme of the restaurant, the interiors exude art and sophistication. With back lit walls and lovely dim lighting, the space makes for a warm and cozy setting.

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My friend and I chose to take our place in the sought-after terrace area of Kylin Sky Bar to figure out what sets it apart from other terraces in the NCR.

We were escorted to a table adjacent to the beautiful gazebo that makes for an exclusive gathering space for a group of friends, family and coworkers. The courteous staff helped us decide a diverse menu for the evening so we could try an assortment of their delicacies.

While we waited for our starters of veg and non veg assorted Dim Sums to be served, the bar in-charge stirred up special drinks for us. The cocktails, a Cucumber Martini and a fruity Cosmopolitan were served with a twist of basil, which made them delectable without being too sweet.

We started our gastronomical trip with the delicately wrapped Dim Sums that were served at the perfect temperature. Veg Dim Sums were carefully steamed with a variety of corn, spinach and black mushroom fillings with ginger lending a subtle flavor to each.

Dimsums, Chicken and Coriander
Dimsums, Chicken and Coriander

The Kylin Siew Mai open Dim Sums are a surprise treat. The non veg Dim Sums were wrapped with stuffing of chicken, lamb and prawns. While the lamb and prawn stuffing was well cooked, the chicken was carefully kept slightly chewy, much to my friend’s liking. Priced at Rs. 575 for veg, Rs. 675 for chicken and Rs. 695 for prawns, the Dim Sums are value for taste and money.

Next we tried Tiger Prawn with Teriyaki & Egg Roll Yolk Sauce and Mushrooms Yakitori as recommended by the chef himself. The well grilled and seasoned prawns dominated the meal with a strong flavour of the Teriyaki sauce that makes it a must try for seafood lovers. The mushrooms on the other hand were grilled tender and juicy. At Rs. 695 for prawns and Rs. 345 for veg, the Yakitori range is a mouth watering delight that cannot be missed.

Bang Bang Style Angry Chicken
Bang Bang Style Angry Chicken

The main course ended with a serving each of a bowl meal of Bang Bang Angry Chicken and vegetables with tofu and rice that are cooked and served in a claypot. The chicken is tender and just as spicy as the menu describes it; definitely not for the faint-hearted. For Rs. 795 it is a fulfilling meal in itself. The vegetables and rice on the other hand are infused with oriental herbs and the subtle influence of the clay. Priced at Rs. 795, it is a gastronomical treat.

Kylin boasts of innovative tongue-tantalising desserts such as Fried Chocolate and Fried Ice Cream along with the traditional Chocolate Fondue that delightfully satiates the sweet tooth.

The Verdict: The soothing ambience, classic meets commercial mash ups, smiling and efficient staff and service make Kylin a worthwhile experience. Exuding warmth, it is an apt choice for a romantic meal or a family get together alike.

Address: T-302, 3rd Floor, Ambience Mall, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi -70.

Phone: 098717 57744

Timings: 12:00 PM – 12:30 AM

Meal For Two : Rs. 3000 ++

3 Point Impression: Gracious, Relaxing, Indulgent

Food Review: Zu Tisch, Greater Kailash Part 1, New Delhi

GK 1, New Delhi

Reviewed By Srishti Bhatia

Cuisine: German (and European)

On the Menu: Frikadelle Mit Pommes Frites (Pork Meatballs with Potato Wedges), Zwiebel Ringe (Onion Rings), BBQ Spare Ribs, Bayrische Bier Kase (Bavarian Beer cheese soup), Kartoffel Salat (German Potato salad), Wiener Schnitzel Mit Pommes Frites Salat (Pork Schnitzel with Potato Wedges and salad), Asparago Pizza, Eisbein (Lamb Shank – with mashed potato and braised cabbage), Pasta in white sauce

Photo: www.resturantindia.in
Photo: http://www.resturantindia.in

The Experience:When I entered Zu Tisch, I instantly got transported to a German tavern. Dim lit wooden interiors, a wall with an outline of the Germany map. I was charmed until I saw the couple on the next table sip their drinks from a tall laboratory test-tube and a fishbowl. Well, a popular bar in Delhi has just this theme. Minus 10 points for the originality. I hoped the flavours would be authentic German—I would know because I have travelled there a few times and am an avid foodie.

The good stuff: The menu has a great variety, focusing on German, but popular international food is served too. The Bavarian Beer Cheese Soup with lamb was delightful, and nothing like anything I’ve had before. The hint of beer made all the difference. The chef nailed the BBQ spare ribs! They were soft, oozing with taste. I was extremely contented with the Eisbein. The lamb shank was cooked to perfection and the mashed potato was delightful. This meal is sufficient as a main course for one person, and a highly recommended one. The asparagus pizza is a good option for vegetarians.

Lamb Shank - Eisbein
Lamb Shank – Eisbein

My pick among the drinks: the Thai Mama. The distinct flavour of kaffir lime leaves along with fresh oranges, pineapple and rum is wonderful.

The not-so-good stuff: The dishes I was most excited for, turned out to be the most disappointing. This includes the Traditional German Potato Salad, Weiner Schnitzel, and sauerkraut. All I can say is, the look and taste is far from authentic. The potato salad was not German and the Schnitzel was tiny, very thin and chewy. The National dish of Austria deserves more respect, so does the traditional German Potato Salad. You might think why I’m not talking about German sausages? Oh, that’s because they weren’t even available.

Sausage Platter
Sausage Platter

My verdict (and suggestion): This place does not do justice to the main cuisine they are offering. It’s unfair to those who haven’t tasted authentic German cuisine before, because they will end up with a completely different (and a not-so-good) opinion on the food. Chef needs to be trained, along with the staff, who were not the most attentive. The owner/s should travel to Germany to try the food, and try bringing the same quality back for us. Taking inspiration from the bar concept of someplace popular is not a recipe for success. It all comes down to the food. A little effort should be put into serving something close to authentic. Ditch those beakers and tubes and get the beer mugs out!

Address: 2nd Floor, M 18, M Block Market, Greater Kailash (GK) 1, New Delhi

Timings: 11 AM to 1 AM

Meal for two: Approx. Rs. 1200 for two (with Alcohol)

3 Point Impression: Comfortable. Not genuine. Confused.

I love Punjabi cuisine. Can you suggest a good Dhaba-style restaurant in Delhi?

You should check out Dhaba by Claridges at the DLF Place Mall, Saket. Read on to find out what TS writer Harshvardhan thought about the place and its food.

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The zesty ‘Dhaba’ by the iconic Claridges is a welcome addition to the ‘Punjabi restaurant’ family in Delhi, which I always think is surprisingly small. (Besides Punjabi By Nature, Pind Baluchi and Pandara Road, it takes a bit of head scratching to think of other ‘good’ places to go to for a hearty North Indian meal, no?)

I was pleased to see the redoubtable Ravi Saxena heading the Dhaba kitchen—a good chef guarantees good food. Make that great. Once you have feasted your eyes on the very colourful decor of this eatery, focus on the delicacies that arrive, and let your taste buds feel pampered. The black dal rivals the best in the city, and I liked that it had a bit of fire in the form of red chillies. The only mild disappointment was the Kadhi, which felt a bit bland. But then as my companion pointed out, kadhi really is a matter of individual taste, and it’s hard to agree on the ‘right’ flavour. But the rest of the fare from lassi to kababs and everything after—was undoubtedly luscious, filling and satisfying.

Dhaba

The bar is alluringly named ‘Theka’ but alas, the restaurant was still awaiting its liquor license when I went. If you haven’t been to the Dhaba yet, now is the time. I am sure they are serving Makka ki Roti and Sarson ka Saag these days. You make your booking, while I make mine!

Meal for two: Rs.1400 plus taxes

They are also at DLF Cyber Hub, Gurgaon and The Claridges on Aurangzeb Road, New Delhi

www.dhababyclaridges.com

Read more reviews here

This review was first published in the January-February 2014 issue of Travel Secrets Magazine.
Digital copies available online at Magzter.com

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