Connaught Place has been seeing a resurrection of sorts in the last year in terms of food, with a range of new restaurants serving up a globe of flavours. Add to this cauldron, Chew, a new “fun Asian” eatery.
The restaurant looks as if it has been decorated by the guys who did the animation for Kung Fu Panda. Chew’s walls are decorated with ornamental china plates and Asian-themed pop-coloured posters, with wooden furniture that includes tables with swings for chairs. We grab one of those before continuing our exploration of the space. There’s an open kitchen as well as a live Teppanyaki grill counter adorned with glass jars filled with spices.
The menu covers more of the Orient than Marco Polo did, traversing China, Japan, Thailand and the Indonesian archipelago while tipping its hat to the Indianised ‘Chilli’ Chicken and American Chopsuey. Expect a range of rolls — from Maki to Sashimi to Nigiri, stir fries, meals in bowls and dapper dumplings. There’s also a large selection (surprising for an Oriental restaurant) of desserts, drinks and shakes, with their liquor licence expected soon.
For starters, we stick to rice and sushi rolls. Accordingly, we also order Vegetarian Tom Yum Soup with Broccoli and Mushrooms, the Crisp Cups with Seasonal Vegetables, Chew Style Chilli Chicken (you knew that was coming) and the Prawn, Jalapeno and Holy Basil Siumai, the last mainly because we wanted to channel Robin from the ’60’s TV show Batman (“holy blank, batman”). The soup comes first, shimmering in a bowl, with crisp broccoli and velveteen mushrooms swimming in a delicious tangy broth. The chilli chicken is more sedate than we expect, the flavour of the chilies more prominent than the actual heat.
The Siumai comes with little dumplings packed with prawns and basil and garnished with a thinly sliced jalapeno. The vegetable cups consist of crispy wonton sheets fashioned into, what else, cups and filled with sauteed veggies, making for happy dipping in the six sauces that accouter the table. Our main course, Lamb Rendang with Steamed Rice, is a mild Indonesian lamb curry, simmered in coconut milk and easy to swallow.
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For dessert we try the Chocolate Caramel Tart and the Molten Chocolate Cake with Ice Cream. The tart comprises a biscuit crust filled with caramel goodness with a thick chocolate topping. The molten cake is a big wedge of melting chocolate cake, not exactly molten, but still makes for good eating.
Meal for two: Rs 1,400 (tax included); Address: First Floor, M16, Connaught Place, Contact: 30146025 ext:108