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Authentic Oriental spread

The most recent addition to the rapidly increasing restaurant skyline of the city is The Cascade.

It is a welcome addition to Mano Reddy's chain of eating joints.

Located on the fourth floor above Food World (Ph: 4464488/4466658) in Besant Nagar, the elegantly appointed restaurant offers a wide variety of Chinese cuisine that also includes some delicately flavoured Thai and Malay dishes as well.

The spacious restaurant with its quaint artefacts and aesthetically-designed furniture, coupled with attentive service, provides the right ambience for a hearty gastronomic experience. Although the restaurant has had a very soft opening, it is fully functional for dinner every evening, and caters for the lunch clientele only over the week-ends.

Plans are underway to set up an Indian Speciality Terrace Restaurant, so till then, the operation is low-key.

Chef Puran, the man behind the scene in the setting up of numerous restaurants, brings the menu alive with innovative recipes like the prawn suimai a dimsum of thin Chinese noodle pastry stuffed with prawn; kai chasui pao (Chinese buns with roasted chicken); vegetable kothae or crescent pan fried dumplings with vegetables.

There is an assortment of appetizers from the simple Shanghai Vegetable, which is crisp fried vegetables sautéed in butter with chilli flakes and tomato paste, to the succulent Chicken Lollypop, Butterfly Prawns, Malayan Satays or Stuffed Chicken Wings Thai Style.

Be different and try the Prawn Tamarind Soup, which is delicately flavoured, or the Hunai Soup, which is a thick creamy soup with minced chicken, carrot, mushroom and crushed garlic.

Also on the menu are the traditional soups including the thick vegetable and noodle Talumein, the Tom Yum and the Wonton Mee with Chinese home-made noodle pastry stuffed with mixed vegetables. If you are dining in a group, it would be a good idea to try the Steam Boat, which is an oriental fondue of marinated fresh meat and seafood cooked at your table — an enjoyable experience.

Kochi Cheon is a kebab Korean style of marinated chicken skewered with bean curd and kimchi and served with a spicy peanut sauce.

If you can be indulgent, then try the Spicy Tiger Prawns delicately fried to perfection. There is plenty to choose from the sea fare platter and Thai Crab/Prawn Curry with steamed rice would be a good idea.

Set the taste buds tingling by trying the fiery Volcano Chicken or the Hunan Chicken. For those who like to go soft on the palate there's Honey Chicken and Roasted Chicken in Plum Sauce.

There is plenty to choose from in the vegetable section of the menu.

No Chinese restaurant can omit noodles from the bill of fare, and The Cascade offers a wide variety of the Chinese staple food. The Baami Pad was lightly flavoured.

Can a meal can be really complete without the sweet finish?

Try Ice Katchang, which is deliciously different, or experiment by mixing the hot and the cold with Date Pancakes and Vanilla Ice cream topping.

A word of caution! The servings are generous, so don't go berserk or you'll have to ask for a doggy bag.

A good bet would be one dish for three persons. So when you split the bill in three its good value for money.


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