For a celebratory dinner all of us including my octogenarian dad landed at Ahoy! Asia on a week day. On approaching the M-Block Market at GK-II, we could easily spot the restaurant thanks to the large bill board. The usher at the ground floor entrance guided us to a swanky lift and we reached the smallish restaurant at the first floor. While I had booked a table for five about an hour before, on reaching the eatery we found only one other table was occupied. Delhi-ites’ obsession with ‘no non-veg’ on Tuesdays could be the culprit for their low attendance.
The ambiance inside the restaurant is warm and fun loving almost to the point of being funky with an array of very colourful Chinese masks displayed on a wall, a friendly dragon doodle on another, pastel coloured large round lampshades…we simply loved the interiors.
As we were poring over the menu to arrive at an optimal choice, we were served roasted potato wafers with an interestingly spicy dip. We went for two portions of Wonton soup in tomato broth with mushrooms and a portion of Tom yum chicken soup to be shared among five of us. Both the soup variants were exceedingly tasty bringing out the aromas and tanginess in every spoonful. We liked the restaurant’s focus on combo meals as most of their dishes come with rice or noodle accompaniments. As starter, we chose ‘Chuanr’ (skewers with chunks of lamb meat daubed with coarsely ground fennel, cumin & pepper and grilled over charcoal fire). The dish from Uyghur region of China served with a spicy yoghurt dip truly titillated our taste buds with a distinct nomadic flavour from the erstwhile silk route. For the main course we asked for a portion each of ‘Da Pan Ji’ (Uyghur style chicken stew with vegetables & spices and served with rice pilaf), ‘black pepper chicken’ (served with steamed rice topped with fried egg & salad) and ‘stir fried garden greens with burnt garlic’ (Chinese vegetables in light soya & ginger sauce served with fried rice). Going by their sheer taste and off the beaten path genre of preparations, all the dishes were thoroughly enjoyed by all of us. The names will tell you that Ahoy! Asia is not another ‘me too’ Chinese food joint ladling out the dishes, one is so much used to in this part of the country.
I would rank A!A absolutely A class for its experiments with exotica - offering not so common culinary gems from our South-eastern neighbours.
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