Ahoy Asia

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There is noth­ing spe­cial about Ahoy! Asia’s lo­ca­tion in the trendy GK- II mar­ket. It over­looks an al­ways-packed park­ing area and the view is hardly ap­petis­ing. But if you have tasted the food once, the restau­rant could be up­rooted and re­lo­cated to the most ob­scure, un­pop­u­lar, filthy part of the town and you would still go hunt­ing for it. The sur­prise lies in Ahoy’s novel of­fer­ings that never com­pro­mise on authen­tic­ity. This bright and cheery am­bi­ence is a les­son for usu­ally dark and doused- in- red Asian eater­ies. Barely two months old, A! A has al­ready struck the right note with gen­uine lovers of Asian cui­sine, who can been seen fill­ing their bel­lies with Okon­o­myaki, a pan­cake with a Ja­panese twist, or Chuanr, smokey lamb skew­ers served with sur­pris­ingly fresh yo­ghurt dip. For lunch, mar­vel at the won­ders of Nasi Dadang, a Malaysian and South­ern Thai dish of rice steamed in co­conut milk served with fish curry, hard­boiled eggs and pickle. If you have had a hard day, you may find an ir­re­place­able friend in the Tokyo Ice Tea. The sweet and sour lime soda does lit­tle to di­lute the heady mix­ture of gin, vodka, rum, tequila and triple sec. The sur­prise of the af­fair is Xingjiang cui­sine, char­ac­terised by bursts of the West Asian spices, a re­flec­tion of the re­gion’s heavy in­flu­ence from bor­der­ing Kyr­gyzs­tan, Kaza­khstan and Ta­jik­istan. Desserts like ba­nana spring rolls with ice cream and mango sago too are in­spired. When you step out of A! A, you feel you are leav­ing be­hind an old friend. Av­er­age meal for two Rs 1,500 At 3rd Floor, Elante Mall, Chandigarh Tel 6622457 by Kavyan­jali Kaushik

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