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Pa Pa Ya, Select Citywalk, Saket, New Delhi

Talk about Pa Pa Ya and the first image that comes to my mind is a classy place with contemporary decor and a modern Asian menu prepared with finesse.

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If you want to have a quiet time with your loved ones and enjoy dishes that have multiple notes, then head over to this place.

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I recently visited their Biggest Dimsum festival where in I was fortunate to taste their lovely range of dimsums, dumplings and Baos.

The cucumber sorbet or the mouth fresher before the starters

The mocktail Pa Pa Ya and the enchanting cocktail U-Isuki-Sho

Wonton(Prawn and chives dimsums): Served in soya sauce based gravy with a light sour tone and topped with crispy caramelized garlic tangy, these dimsums will blow you over with their lusciousness.

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Jiaozi (Chicken gyoza dimsums): Ahh the crisp exterior and the fine flavourful chicken mince of these pan seared dimsums! Not to forget the subtle texture of the dimsums, the crunchy caramelized garlic and of course the chopped spring onions providing their freshness.

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Crystal dumplings: Whenever I had pakchoy leaves, they were put in the mixture as it is, this resulting in no finesse. But here the pakchoy leaves are finely chopped and go so well with the minced chicken to the point of absolute deliciousness. And to top it all, the dimsum skin is not too chewy like the ones of usual crystal dimsums.

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Korean Chicken Bao: Talk about explosion of flavours and these Baos do justice to this phrase. The skin is fluffy, soft, sweet & slightly sour with the inside mixture of chicken lending a very hot & spicy flavour with sweet undertones.

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Cheung Fun (prawn & chives): The inside crispy layer under the mellow rice paper skin is the trailer to a delicious film of minced chicken underneath.  You have to pour soy sauce based dip on it to enjoy it’s savouriness. Not to forget the chopped spring onions, bell peppers and the caramelized garlic.

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Glutinous rice: Too good, melt in the mouth, and the tenderness of minced pork blows you over.

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Xia long bao chicken dimsums: I shall call them soupy dimsums with a classy subtlety.

Lao Mai Gai: Hot and spicy rice with chicken and juicy mushrooms and wrapped in lotus leaf and steamed to perfection.

Yaki Udon noodles: Slurpy and sweet with fresh and crunchy vegetables.

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China Club, MG Road, Gurgaon

One of the oldest fine dine restaurants in Gurgaon, China Club has developed a niche clientele of its own. The class apart dishes, the freshness of ingredients and the impeccable service are enough to attract Oriental cuisine lovers.

We were told by the manager that the majority of ingredients are sourced from China on a daily basis and the prawns are shipped straight from the Odissa coast.

Here are some of the dishes that we relished:

Crispy vegetables with ginger: Mushrooms and cauliflower lightly sauteed in ginger, garlic, green and red chillies with a very subtle tangy flavour – the vegetarian starter upped it’s game! Highly Recommended.

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Boiled chicken dimsum in spicy chilli sauce: The dimsums are of course bland but they are drenched in a super spicy chilli sauce and hence a very “runny nose” experience. Recommended.

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Home style sliced chicken with black fungus: Again super spicy and a runny nose. The chicken is however very tender and the mushrooms chewy. Recommended.

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Sauteed prawns in black pepper: Creamy and buttery prawns fried to crispy perfection and coated with finely grounded black pepper – enjoy the throat burning! Highly Recommended.

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Stir fried Chinese greens: The simple combination of asparagus, bok choy and broccoli stir fried in chopped garlic pairs perfectly well with the spicy prawns. Highly Recommended.

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Vegetable fried noodle: Slurpy noodles with crunchy vegetables – what more can you ask? Highly Recommended.

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Banana toffee dipped in chilled Brandy: This is a traditional Chinese dessert and is pretty unusual. The banana bits are deep fried and then caramelized and topped with sesame. These balls are then dipped in Brandy and hence develop a crusty shell. Highly Recommended.

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Nooba, DLF Cyber Hub, Gurgaon

I am slowly learning to move from Indianised versions of the global dishes and gradually falling in love with the authentic versions. Nooba provided a perfect opportunity for me to explore Schezwan cuisine fashioned from the expert hands of chefs from China.

Nooba should be recognized as a family restaurant with serene interiors. The staff is courteous and the managers know their cuisine very well. All the ingredients are imported from China so the authenticity is maintained.

Shredded Chicken: The chicken is fresh, juicy and not chewy which was a relief! The flavour is subtle and not too overpowering. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Fried Prawn: The prawns are fried but not deep fried and topped with peppery garnish and spring onions. The prawns were a fresh catch and tender in texture. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Asparagus in Bean Curd: Kudos to these guys for giving tofu an appealing texture. And kudos to the presentation as well! The lightly sautéed asparagus are delicately placed in crusty tofu and drenched in a light vinegar based sauce. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Chicken & Black Mushroom Dimsums: The dainty mushrooms enclosing a very subtle mixture of finely chopped chicken mince and black mushrooms should be hogged on to even when not hungry. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Mixed Meat Noodles in White Garlic Sauce: Wok tossed Hakka Noodles with a plethora of vegetables, lamb and chicken in a silky smooth white garlic sauce – subtlety at its best! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

Chocolate Roulade: Move over brownies, the delicately rolled chocolate rolls enclosing gooey chocolate syrup and served with a scoop of cool vanilla ice-cream is the perfect way to end a delicious meal. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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The Trial Box, DLF Phase 1, Gurgaon

I would have given them a 3.5 but since Zomato does not allow 0.5 ratings now, so sticking to 3. And this rating accounts for some below par dishes and a harrowing delivery experience.

The order came pretty late – one and a half hours after the stipulated time. Additionally there were no carry bags given – how am I supposed to carry loose cutlery set, dips and the meal boxes to my place? Add to this the spilling dips and sauces and you have a blunder.

Mushroom and asparagus hargao dimsums: The chewiness of freshly chopped mushrooms and the subtle crunchiness of asparagus, enclosed in warm dimsum covering will definitely entice the mushroom lovers and the vegetarians alike. The extra hot and spicy flavours are the icing on the cake.

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Mushroom crystal dumplings: Ohhhhh man, such mellowness! Add to this, the wonderful watery and chewy texture of the button, shiitake and porcini mushroom – phew! The caramelised garlic on top – win win!

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Spicy chicken dimsums: These flower shaped dimsums drenched in a sweet chilli sauce is meant foe those days when you are craving balanced flavours with a certain zing.

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Reshmi dohra kebab: Frankly speaking, I am not impressed with this one. It is important to smoke the kebabs so that they do not taste raw.

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Spinach and ricotta ravioli in white sauce: I always stress on seamlessness and this dish will definitely get full marks in the regard. Such a smooth mellow mixture of finely chopped spinach and ricotta enveloped in smooth ravioli and slathered in white sauce having the perfect consistency – neither runny nor viscous. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Vietnamese Noodle bowl: The goodness of a semi-raw meal with a sour and spicy sauce. (Talk about red chillies). The fine glass noodles, the fresh vegetables: carrots, zucchini, asparagus, bell peppers, pokchoy and shiitake mushrooms, the crunchy peanuts and of course the perfectly grilled chicken – flavourful yet healthy. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Butter chicken meal: A wholesome north Indian meal is what we all desire when cooking seems tedious. So when you have a warm Naan, creamy butter chicken and Dal Makhani, soothing Raita, luscious fried rice and a warm dulcet chocolate brownie, you can’t say no, next time.

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Orient Heritage, Malviya Nagar, New Delhi

Lamb with ginger spring onion chilli – Fashioned in chips with julliened vegetables – carrots and bell peppers, these were way too chewy.

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Fiery chicken dimsums – Thin translucent skin enclosing finely minced chicken with the lovely flavours of garlic and chilli, these were BOMB.

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Chilli Basil chicken dimsums – Mellow and adorned with caramelized garlic – a perfect amalgamation of sweet and spicy flavours.

Chicken Hot n Sour Soup – Thin consistency with loads of vegetables – carrots, shiitake mushrooms, cabbage with shredded chicken – good but could have been better.

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Lemon coriander soup – It was subtle and good in taste but the ingredients didn’t justify the name. A plethora of vegetables – broccoli, lemongrass and mushrooms drenched in a tangy thin soup. Coriander was missing here.

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Noodles – Plain, slurpy, moist and excellent.

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Sichuan lamb curry – Thin consistency and way too oily, but goes well with the noodles.

Thai basil chicken cups – Minced chicken mixture with the loveliness of chopped garlic and onions adorned with red chilli and filled in wanton sheets and crispy fried to perfection – boy, I was in a dream while eating them.

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Thai Red curry with rice – Perfection at it’s best – the right quantity of coconut milk, lemongrass and curry leaves in which the boneless chicken pieces are drenched to the core.

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Chocolate peanut butter wantons – Crunchy exterior with warm gooey choco – peanut butter mixture is surely a heavenly dessert.

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Ambrosia Bliss, Connaught Place, New Delhi

The first thing that impressed me about this place was that they have divided the restaurant into three separate sections. The first section is for fine dining, the second one is for a private gathering of 20-25 people and the third one is for casual dining. The casual dining restaurant has been modeled on the theme of love. Love was literally in the air as the Bliss lounge had heart shaped decorations all over the place.

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Here are the dishes that I tried –

Twist @ Bliss – I am not a big fan of mocktails and I never finish any but I have fallen in love with this one. Fresh orange chunks, strawberry, passion fruit, cranberry and lemon juice. Even though this drink has lemon juice it was not really sour but had a mellow sweetness. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Dimsums- I tried their lamb dimsums, prawn dimsums and chicken dimsums and loved all of them!! The lamb dimsums are pink in color because of the beetroot juice added to the dough. The chicken dimsums and prawn dimsums are delectable and you won’t even need any dips for them.  HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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Chicken Malai tikka- Tender and succulent chicken pieces , these were extremely juicy and I loved every bit of them.

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Corn Crusted Chicken-  it is crunchy as the chicken is coated with cornflakes and is then deep fried. It has a subtle taste and when paired with ranch dressing it works wonderfully. The ranch dressing is a little bit spicy which amplifies the taste. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Tres Leches – Just describing it as a three milk cake won’t do justice to the wonderful dessert this is. The lower layer is a cake sponge which is soaked overnight in three milk products (it is like a milkcake). The sponge has a rich texture and is oh so soft. The frosting compliments the sponge cake. The best part is that the dessert is not extremely sweet and it is difficult to stop once you start savoring this dessert. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Raspberry Pink Velvet-  The presentation is top notch and it has two pink velvet biscuits as well. Soft , balanced sweetness, and a delectable raspberry cream frosting , this dessert  gives you a surreal experience. Has it ever happened with you that you become lost while having a delectable meal? If not then do give this dessert a try!!  HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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MeKong Bowl, Sushant Lok, Gurgaon

When Pas Asian cuisine can be relished in the comfort of your office or home without the hassle of cooking, then what more can you ask for?
We recently laid our hands on the newest entrant to the South/Pan Asian delivery outlet – MeKong Bowl. The delivery was on time with neat packaging.
Barbeque chicken dimsums: It is difficult to stop yourself when sweet tasting finely minced chicken is wrapped into thin dimsum skin and served piping hot. Though we wish that the flavour of the barbeque sauce was more pronounced. RECOMMENDED.

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Pad Thai Noodles: Moist flat noodles drenched in a tomato based tangy sauce and served with finely chopped onions is indeed your culinary dream come true, but the presence of sprouts and vegetables was sorely missed.

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Udon noodle bowl: Ohhh boy, where to start? Subtle tasting slurpy udon noodles served with juicy shiitake and button mushrooms, crunchy baby corns and bak choy leaves with a generous amount of sweet and spicy coconut based gravy – a maelstrom of flavours. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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