Picadily, New Delhi’s Oriental restaurant Chynna Gold is hosting a food fest that represents the Chinjabi variety
One of the most convenient five star hotels in Delhi for those who like commuting by the Metro is Piccadily, New Delhi. It’s so close to the Janakpuri West Metro Station that by default people land up in front of the main gate of the hotel while exiting the station. It’s a nice property and did wonderful food promotions last year but since the Hilton has moved out (It was earlier called Hilton New Delhi Janakpuri), it’s not much in news.
Its Oriental restaurant Chynna Gold, which mainly offers Sichuan and Cantonese cuisines, this time is up for a fusion, which the Punjabi community in the vicinity would love. Chynna Gold is running a special promotion called ‘Oye Balle Balle Chinese’. The chef has tweaked the mild Cantonese flavours to make the dishes hot and spicy ‘Chinjabi’. The promotional menu is simple, offering six variants each of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes.
Dry chilli chicken to start with was good. It had a nice crispy texture tossed in a spicy sauce. It is one dish which Delhiites would love to munch on. The chilli honey crispy fish was bang on, had a perfect texture and flavour. The fish was tender, just melted in the mouth. I am sure the Amritsari machchi fans will opt for this crispy fish for a change.
Chicken momos, which in recent times have become one of the favourite street foods of Delhi, were disappointing. The batter was dry and even the stuffing lacked the juices, though the spice levels of the minced chicken stuffing was perfect.
Drums of heaven, a dish quite popular in the Chinjabi variety was slightly underdone. The batter was very thick which suppressed the core flavours of the chicken.
Garlic chilli paneer for the veggies is a must try. The quality of paneer was very good. A tad more of garlic would have elevated the desi quotient of the preparation though.
The ultimate test of the fusion was with the main course dishes. American chop suey, sweet and sour chicken with chilli garlic chowmein. The chef nailed it with these three dishes. The chop suey, which I doubt if any Chinese would have an idea about, was a typical West Delhi preparation where the sweet and spicy flavours complemented each other. The chicken was more on the sweater side but tasted really good.
In all, the food was worth every penny spent. The dishes ranges between Rs.299 and 499 before taxes.