Despite space constraints, this charming little joint's patronage only seems to be increasing

If you love Chinese food and are craving delicious steamed chicken momos, then Yuan restaurant, near the Hennur Bus Depot, is just the place for you.

Leisurely meals

In 2004, two friends, Gautam Swaroop and Manish Mandana who fancied Chinese food, wanted to open a joint of their own.

“When we started the place, this area was relatively quiet and peaceful. We even had outdoor seating arrangements. People would come here to enjoy leisurely evening meals,” recalls Gautam.

Just three years later, he says, the place witnessed rapid development and they had to discontinue the arrangement. “Dust and traffic increased to a great extent,” he says.

Despite this setback, the popularity of the restaurant was not dampened. “We have been quite lucky that way. Most of our staff is still with us, and many initial customers tell me that our momos cannot be substituted by any other,” he adds.

Fine balance

The staple dumplings (priced at Rs. 70 a plate) should definitely be the first on your list of things to try. The chilli sauce balances the succulent and mildly flavoured momos. The triple Schezwan rice (Rs. 125) is the chef's special. The crispy noodles with rice and tiny chicken pieces was the highlight of the meal.

Vegetarian fare

Among the vegetarian main course dishes, the special dragon noodles (Rs. 90 a plate) is a must-have.

For lovers of seafood, the Phuket fish (Rs. 150) will surely prove addictive. Slightly crisp on the outside and tender on the inside, this delicacy deserves full points for presentation and great taste. While they do serve lamb, pork and beef are not available.

The popularity of the restaurant stands testimony to quality of the food served here.

Space constraint has done nothing to dampen the restaurant's patronage. What it lacks in space, it makes up by doing home delivery to the surrounding areas.

Yuan is located at Shop No. 2 and 3, Renu Arcade, 80 ft road, 1st Stage, 2nd Block, HBR Layout. Call 40974045 or 9901047070.


Paper PlateJanuary 13, 2011