On a Chi­nese Trail

Try­ing out ex­cit­ing fare at Yi Jing, the Chi­nese restau­rant at the newly opened ITC Ko­henur, Hyderabad, turned out to be a good idea. Just fol­low our re­view to know what we are talk­ing about.

Society - - MELANGE - By NAN­DINI R PENNA|

All right, af­ter In­dian (but of course) and Ital­ian, Chi­nese seems to be our eter­nally favourite cui­sine. And yes, our very own ver­sion of the cui­sine might ri­val that of the orig­i­nal. But good Chi­nese food is al­ways wel­come. Amidst all this, we have this re­view of Yi Jing, the Chi­nese restau­rant at ITC Ko­henur – the new lux­ury ho­tel in Hyderabad which is all about am­bi­ence, good food and good ser­vice. Ac­tu­ally Yi Jing draws its in­spi­ra­tion from the mean­ing and essence of its ti­tle which means Yi – to change and Jing – means clas­sic. The mas­sive restau­rant in typ­i­cal eth­nic style is mostly in red but at the same time re­flects moder­nity in terms of metal wall art. So as the name goes, the dé­cor and food both to­gether are in­deed a change from the reg­u­lar Chi­nese restau­rants. The brand up­holds in­ter­na­tional hos­pi­tal­ity with a lo­cal touch and pro­vides a warm, en­er­giz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence – be it the del­i­cate par­ti­tions, spa­ciously placed seat­ing and large glass win­dows that gives a view of the his­tor­i­cal city. The dark­ish mostly wooden cladded walls, the ge­o­met­ri­cal pat­terned floor­ing and the bright red up­hol­stered seat­ings, red glass loose cut­lery like glasses etc., all to­gether give a feel of

earth­i­ness. The space also houses a huge pri­vate din­ing area for per­sonal par­ties, which is dom­i­nated by a mas­sive ta­ble well lit by the del­i­cate bright red chan­de­liers. Golden clouds on black back­ground adorn some walls giv­ing a med­i­ta­tive feel to the space. The dé­cor on the whole is clas­si­cal with a dash of eclec­tic style. The am­bi­ence and the food to­gether gives’ one the feel of com­fort and warmth and ob­vi­ously as the name stresses on a dash of dif­fer­ence. The restau­rant whips up some yummy dishes served in style. Start­ing with the Dim­sums – deep fried wa­ter chest­nut and Taro dumplings, lip smack­ing Prawn Crys­tal Har Gao or BBQ pork buns and dip­ping into their en­er­giz­ers – crispy and tangy ap­pe­tiz­ers Hu­nan style Chilli Tofu, Sichuan Style Crispy Prawns, Hu­nan Style Fish with Chilli Black Bean or even the Chilli Lamb with Bell Pep­pers and Mi­cro Greens not for­get­ting to slurp on the Crab Meat with Egg White Soup and Xin Jiang Style Wakame and Tomato Soup. Though al­ready full, one moves on to the ex­otic main course Clay­pot Mapo Tofu and King Prawns with Pep­per Teriyaki Sauce and Xiang La Lamb Flamed with

Co­gnac. We were soon deal­ing with hand­made noo­dles served with Sichuan veg­eta­bles and the Brown Gar­lic Seafood Noo­dles and steamed jas­mine rice. So end­ing the whole ex­pe­ri­ence on a sweet note one fin­ishes dashes with Jas­mine Tea Tart and Peanut Mar­quise, Gin­ger Pine Ap­ple Ice Cream and Five Spiced Caramel. The space on the whole has all the in­gre­di­ents that makes a mem­o­rable and de­li­cious dish and stays true to au­then­tic­ity. Com­ing here more than once would be a good idea, con­sid­er­ing the smash­ing fare of­fered. Just come! That’s all we have to say.

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