March 28, 2009 2:36:38 am
The Garden of Five Senses gets a new restaurant
The sprawling greens of the Garden of Five Senses now have a fresh new addition. The owners of QBa,the popular lounge bar at Connaught Place,have branched out to south Delhi with an oriental restaurant called Spice.
Saket is studded with eateries and we were impressed by the unique ambience this garden offers. We are banking on our patrons from south Delhi. Our Thai offerings will surely have takers in the neighbourhood, says Sunil Tickoo,the groups general manager. Currently open just for dinner,the restaurant will start lunch from April 6. Intricately carved wooden lamps fence the outdoor area and glittering chandeliers with drooping copper leaves decorate the indoor space Spice definitely scores an A-plus on ambience. The dining tables and chairs are an impressive mix of different shapes and colourful velvety cushions add to the cosiness. But the lighting is too dim for you to even see your food,so make sure to request for an extra candle. The bar counter is panelled with logs of wood that give a rustic charm,but the liquor licence is yet to come. Situated next to Marut Sikkas Magique,the entry for Spice too is from the same gardens back door. The menu claims its forte is Thai cuisine but also lists an oriental section with popular Chinese dishes. Seafood options are in abundance and a special emphasis is on crockery plates are blossoming porcelain flowers and serving bowls are cut out as leaves. The presentation is simple but some dishes arrive with unique garnishing and quirky designs.
We begin the evening with Thai Fried Chicken (Rs 395),several sticks of deep-fried chicken with a summery dressing of soy,lemongrass and kaffir lime leaves. Crispy Garlic Fish (Rs 450) fetches a beautiful green bowl laden with chunks of fried fish in a lip-smacking sweet garlic dressing. From the oriental section our order of Crystal Rolls (Rs 285) with slivers of asparagus,zucchini and dates is a good beginner and Black Mushroom and Asparagus served on a bed of pok choy (Rs 350) is freshly tossed with minimal soy dressing. Spice offers a number of crab and lobster preparations dont miss Steamed Lobster (Rs 775) made with a pungent ginger-soy dip,and Shell Crab (Rs 550) deep-fried and topped with plum sauce. The winning entrée as far as presentation went was Pineapple Fried Rice (Rs 275) that arrived in a half-cut pineapple and was generously wok-tossed with sugary chunks of the fruit. We finished our meal with a rich treat of Death By Chocolate (Rs 250) a gooey slab of hot chocolate cake served with a blob of vanilla ice cream. But if you want to skip sugar rush before bedtime,ask for a complimentary cup of Chinese Tea.
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While the menu boasts a decent selection of stir-fries,our order of Chicken with Cashew Nuts (Rs 450) lacked flavour.
Meal for Two: Rs 1,800
Location: The Village Garden,Gate No. 3,Garden of Five Senses
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