What do you do when the Godfather of Chinese cuisine Chef Jack Aw Yong curates a new menu to take you on a gastronomical journey? You simply collect your frenzied nerves, pick up your bag and take the first cab to the venue to drool, snapchat and, of course, eat some good Chinese food!
The latest menu at Hyatt Regency’s ‘The China Kitchen’ is somewhat of a food heaven, waiting to be discovered and relished. As we scanned through the menu, the first thing we realised is that the latest edition has a dimsum section which is absolutely mindblowing — with 29 different varieties of this finger-sized delight to choose from.
Reeling under shock? We were too but at the same time it was so exciting that we felt the need to try out each and every one of them! But then, good sense prevailed and we had to remind ourselves that gluttony is not a good thing. Instead, we narrowed down our choice to Mushroom rice ‘Shao mai’, crispy garlic, truffle oil (Rs 458), Shanghai chicken dumpling, celery, truffle oil, ginger vinegar (Rs 528), Prawn ‘Shao mai’, tobiko (Rs 528), Beijing style vegetable dumpling,celery, mushroom, truffle oil (Rs 488), Vegetable cabbage, celery, carrot dumpling (Rs 488) and Cabbage roll, porcini mushroom, tomato, glass noodle, truffle oil (Rs 888). If you would ask us to pick a favourite of the six, it would be difficult but our least favourite was the Cabbage roll — just too bland for our taste. We paired these choices with a heavy-bodied Pinot Noir (wine) and Monkey Shoulder (blended malt whisky).
We then moved on to appetizers. Hey, hey, we know what you are thinking! Probably, that we should have started our course with it but the dimsums were just too good to resist. Our first choice was The Crispy crab claw, lemon grass, shrimp mousse (Rs 718) and we don’t regret it one bit. Perfectly cooked, the crab tasted as good as it looked and it was so light that there wasn’t an overpowering sense of seafood at all. We decided to skip more of the appetisers as we were already half full.
For mains, we picked Twiced-cooked crispy duck, five-spice, ginger, Chinese wine, Beijing seasame pancake (Rs 2088). Although it was big on flavours, we weren’t too happy with the texture as we were expecting the duck meat to be crispier. But other than this, the dish was good, especially the mini seasame pancakes. Peppered lobster (Rs 2488) were next and we weren’t disappointed at all. A must-try, even the menu recommends it. In veg, we opted for Traditional ‘Mapo’ tofu, chilli, chive, garlic, Sichuan peppercorn (Rs 958) and Sweet and sour mock duck, pineapple, bell pepper (Rs 1488). While the Traditional ‘Mapo’ tofu was amazing, the mock duck didn’t impress us much. It was saccharinely sweet and cloyed our tastebuds. Since, the main course was heavy, we paired our food with Heartland cabernet sauvignon’13 Langhorne creek, Australia – a light-bodied wine with a floral note – and an Isle Malt, Lagavulin (16 years).
To end our meal on a sweet note we picked the Chocolate Fondue that came with an assortment of seasonal and exotic fresh fruits, marshmallow, profiterole, Madeleine and seasame short bread. We even tried our hands at their coconut ice cream and mango ice cream and the former won our heart. The icy burst of coconut flavour and the lingering taste of the tropical fruit is something you definitely wouldn’t want to miss.
Even though on the expensive side, this place is a must-try. Also, the service is impeccable.
Where: Hyatt Regency, Bhikaiji Cama Place, New Delhi
Meal for two: Rs 4,500 (approx) without alcohol, exclusive of taxes
Timings: Lunch 12 pm to 3:30 pm, Dinner 7 pm to 11:30 pm