Soul Curry

From American sitcoms to Indian food scenes, the Orient has never been so du jour, if you’ll forgive our French. Always striving to stay au courant, we wash ashore on the shores of Chi Asian Cookhouse, which encapsulates the diverse cuisines in a unique space in Janpath.

The restaurant has all the pop colors of an anime feature film, brightly lit and perched like a reclining dragon on the first floor. The menu clambers happily through Asia, without playing favorites to a particular region. The focus is quasi-casual so there are lots of skewers, dim sums and pancake rolls. No, we don’t mean
Betty Crocker.

We start with Guay Cuan Chay, rice paper rolls that look minimalist until you bite into them, quite an immersive experience, your mouth is bursting with noodles, fresh basil and a peanut sauce.

We start our stay in Vietnam with Ho Chi Minh Chicken Satay and Cha Ca Thang (Vietnamese fish seasoned with turmeric and dill). Without getting political or even partisan, we can safely give both skewers our vote, with the fish winning our hearts with its melting texture.

Bibimbap at Chi Asian Cookhouse.

Next up are the dimsums, an apple roll with Fish in Thai Curry Paste, Soupy Pork Dumplings, Prawn Cheung Fun and Sticky Rice and Chopped Chicken wrapped in banana leaves. The fish comes first again, next to the pork. Served in a shot glass, the fish is full of flavor yet as tender as a Nicholas Spark novel, while the dumplings we eat are whole, a deliciously messy supernova of tender pork. The cheung fun could have been a little tastier but at this point we are beyond complaining.

Stuffed as we are, we still have to eat our main course (or no dessert, we can almost hear our mother say). This includes the Cheating Chili Prawns, tossed in a spicy red sauce, and the Kimchi Rice. Cheating has never felt so good.

The dessert is a Coconut Pancake served with vanilla ice cream. The pancake is filled with a sublime cane sugar and coconut cake. This little pig went to the Orient and said Chi. And sat down.

Meal for two: Rs 1,800 (including taxes, excluding alcohol)
Address: 68/1, Janpath; 45123244

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