This new Oriental fine diner in the city balances popular favourites with new arrivals on its menu
There’s no denying the fact that when it comes to dining out preferences in the city,Chinese cuisine is a popular choice. Its little surprise then that the recently opened Park Plaza Chandigarh decided to first get rolling its specialty restaurant,The Oriental Blossom,even before the launch of its other popular property,Geoffreys,that is keenly awaited.
The 60-cover Oriental Blossom follows an Oriental restaurant blueprint to the T. Chinese symbols mark the doors and the bamboo-orchid floral décor follows you all through the restaurant. Its a delight to hear the soothing piped Oriental music. Given how another popular restaurant across the town swapped the playlist due to popular demand,we sincerely hope the Blossom stays true to its theme.
Since its a fine diner,theres a conscious attempt to keep all the table placements fairly private,which is a good thing. Impressed with the ambience,we eagerly ask for the menu. Theres a clear aim to impress the Chandigarh diner,who has many Oriental options to choose from,as the menu opens to an exhaustive list of appetizers. Lobster,Tiger prawn,pomfret,squid et al bring in plenty of options in the starters line-up. Starting with kimchi (salad) and five-spice peanuts,both served complimentary,we tuck into Jade rolls (Rs 325). The rolls packed in spinach and shredded vegetable filling topped with hot garlic sauce are a welcome change from spring rolls.
As with most places,non-vegetarians rarely have reason to complain when it comes to variety. For the vegetarian diner,the Blossom tries a little harder. The fiery Potato Crisp,fried and tossed with chilly and spring onions,was a lip-smacker. Though not really the season to enjoy hot soups,we would still recommend the Chimney Soup,a specialty on offer. Though its meant to serve two,it would be enough for four moderately hungry adults too. For Rs 350,one can choose between seafood,chicken or vegetable options. The chicken soup came in a chimney shaped pot that retains its heat on the table too. The flavours were spot-on.
The main course line-up is long and diners are bound to find what appeals to them eventually. The Cantonese Style Roast Chicken (Rs 625),however,was too dry and stringy for our liking. The fish in chilly black bean sauce (Rs 575) paired with Hakka noodles (Rs 275) was a complete meal in itself. A vegetarian palate pleaser here (and a delight,really) is the stuffed tofu in chilly garlic sauce (Rs 375) that was soft,and the tofu tasted less than an hour old. The desserts dont throw any bouncers with Oriental staples like Banana toffee with ice cream,date pancakes and honey tossed noodles. The Oriental Blossom also offers set menus for larger groups of eight and more,with prices starting at Rs 500. We recommend you find your own favourites here.
Meal for two: Rs 1,500 (excluding taxes)
Location: Park Plaza,Block No.10,Sector 17A,Chandigarh