The Wok Story

India Today - - BUZZ - By Saranya Chakra­pani

Sian, the Chi­nese restau­rant at Taj Gate­way, is a place that gives you the sat­is­fac­tion of what it claims and noth­ing more—sim­ple, warm in­te­ri­ors themed on the Yin Yang, a live glass-en­cased show kitchen that serves up de­li­cious Ori­en­tal grills and a crisp menu that is in­spired from China’s Sichuan re­gion. We started with the sta­ple dim­sums. Chingkao, which comes in two va­ri­eties—the crunchy broc­coli with corn ker­nel and as­sorted mush­room with a hint of gin­ger—is ex­cel­lently cooked, though the plain flavours need a lit­tle get­ting used to. Its non-veg­e­tar­ian vari­ant, the Prawn Har­gao is equally de­li­cious and cooked with fine de­tail. The Szechuan pep­per is a con­stant in­gre­di­ent in the menu and it adds a unique fla­vor in main course spe­cial­ties like Kung Pao Chicken (diced chicken with Szech­wan chill­ies and roasted cashew nut) and Rain­bow Veg­eta­bles (a colourful and flavour­ful med­ley of lo­cal sea­sonal veg­eta­bles and nuts). The meal is in­com­plete with­out their Chilli Choco­late Pot, pre­pared with ex­treme fi­nesse and crafts­man­ship us­ing a sin­ful com­bi­na­tion of spiced straw­berry syrup and melt-in-the-mouth choco­late—truly a grand fi­nale. Meal for two Rs 1,500 At Ra­jiv Gandhi IT Expy, El­cot Sez, Sholin­ganal­lur At 66802500

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