Chi – has its name derived from the source of life (soul). The newest Pan-Asian restaurant in CP is slowly but steadily trying to carve out its own niche. Located right opposite to Janpath, the place is on the first floor. The place is quite spacious and airy with simple comfortable seating. Done up in three units, a bar area with tables alongside, a dim-lit lounge space and an outdoor space connected to the bar from the outer side (this is yet to be functional). As we took upon our seats, we marveled at how the simple décor oozed out casual classiness.
Pan-Asian is basically a combination and variety of Asian food from different parts of Asia. So the menu that Chi offers is a seamless blend of Asian cuisines keeping in mind of both the vegetarian and non-vegetarian palates. As we were there to try out their menu, we were provided with a tasting menu. The tasting menu consisted of samples of the dishes. I must say, the menu was quite thought-provoking– be it the portions or be it the sequence of serving each of the items. Thanks to the management for providing such an efficient and exciting tasting menu. Coz most of the time, starters fill you up but here after the starters, one still whole heartedly wanted to try out the main course.
The food trail started with mocktails – Buddha’s Palm – The hottest cooler on their list. It’s a fine muddle of fresh oranges, triple sec and kaffir limes. This one is freshness personified. Beijing Martini – Cranberry juice, balsamic vinegar and cracked pepper. Doesn’t it sound interesting? It is exciting if you like a little kick in your drink. This drink is a must try.
The Tasting menu consisted of soups, skewers, pancakes & rolls, the main course and the dessert.
Chiang Mai Glass noodles soup (Veg/Non-Veg) – Glass noodles are mainly used in Thai cuisine for preparing salads or soups. The non-veg soup was delicate chowder of fresh vegetables, chicken and glass noodles.
Ho Chi Minh Chicken Satay –A Vietnamese dish served with chilly and lime leaf giving out a hint of peanuts, it was delicious. Cha Ca Thang – Soft fish seasoned with turmeric & dill. Crispy to the taste, and left wanting for more.
Goi Cuan Chay (veg/prawn) – Fresh rice paper rolls with prawns in the non-veg one and vegetables & shitake mushrooms for the veg. This was delightful to have and it was served with a peanut relish.
Banana Leaf with Sticky Rice & Minced Chicken– Minced chicken with sticky rice wrapped in banana leaf, this one was served hot, the aroma being appeasing, you have to taste it, must try.
Fish with Thai Curry Paste – A red Thai curry served with fish, full of flavors. If you have a liking for Thai curry, this is going be your loved one! Tofu Tausi – A black bean delight for tofu fans, we didn’t quite enjoy the texture though and it was simple and bland. Cheung Fun – Prawn Cheung fun was fun to have. A crispy prawn dumpling, amazed me so much that I had two of it. One of the best dim sums I have ever had. Xiaolongbao– A minced pork dumpling, served with soy. Was good.
(All the starters including skewers, dim sums and pancakes were served with a variety of sauces & accompaniments)
Cheating Chilli Prawns – Prawns tossed in sweet chilly tangy sauce sautéed with onions. Went quite well with the Japchae which is glass noodles with shitake mushrooms tossed in sesame oil. This is got to be your choice if you prefer healthy food – gluten free.
Ikan Rica Rica– Crispy Indonesian fish fillet served with a cashew and vinegar paste. Crisp on the outside, juicy inside, this was love at first bite! Best enjoyed with the Kimchi fried rice. Jiao Chicken – A variety of flavors. Stir fried with shitake mushrooms and snow peas was on the bland side.
Dessert was a simple coconut stuffed pancake (hot) served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and orange reduction. The best way to end the meal – Light and mildly sweet!
The place has all its items moderately priced which make it all the more to be tried about. Delhi doesn’t have good options for Pan-Asian cuisine leaving aside a few, so if “Chi Asian Cookhouse” remains true to its taste, it has a long way to go!
Must Try – Buddha’s Palm, Ikan Rica Rica, Fish with Thai Curry Paste, Prawn Cheung Fun
Location: 68/1, Janpath, Janpath, New Delhi 110001
Review Credit – Abhik
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