After Indian, Asian is the second most popular cuisine in the country. Thus, the continuous influx of new menus and outlets is no surprise, and of course a welcome one. With the onset of monsoon seeing a whole lot of new dimsums, baos, khao suey, and woks cropping up across Delhi, here’s our pick of what to try when you’re looking eastward for your next dine out (or in).
This gem from Massive Restaurants, right in the centre of Delhi’s shopping hotspots, often serves as an ideal lunch stop-by. Not that this stops Pa Pa Ya from being host to many a fun dinners. The modern Asian bistro launched a special menu focused only on dimsums this season, and over 60 types of dumplings on offer alone make it a must-try. Baos, wontons, soupy dumplings, dim sums coated in rice, rice paper rolls, and more served with stuffing of your choice — veggies, chicken, pork, lamb, fish, or prawns — make for the perfect dimsum-only meal. Expect the feel-good dimsums that you love, here; high on sauces and spices and bursting with flavour. The prawn rice paper rolls, truffle and mushroom bar, and pan seared chicken leg ones definitely need a spot in your order.
Where: Dome, level 4, Select CityWalk, Saket
Contact:+91 88000 02881
The Asian dining space at Andaz hotel has a brand new brunch menu, and yet another one that panders to the comfort food tastes. Taking on Cantonese cuisine, they’ve got fun appetisers like shredded fried potato with chinkiang vinegar and chilli oil (think Asian aloo lachcha) and crispy lotus roots, which are hard to not love. If you love a good chow mein, with the heavy garlic, all the veggies, and generous spring onion topping, theirs is a bowl to chow on. What is also good are the crystal dim sums (we had the prawn one), the barbecued chicken bao will have us going back, and the crispy fired ones warm the heart.
Where:The Hong Kong Club Entrance, Asset No. 1, Northern Access Road, Aerocity Hospitality District, Indira Gandhi International Airport
Contact:+91 85888 42919
An all-new space for one of Delhi’s go-to Asian restaurants is a reason to visit yet again. Chef Ritu Dalmia’s Diva Spiced relocates this week, shifting base from Meherchand Market to Greater Kailash. The Asian tapas, make-your-own noodle bar, and cloud like dumplings call need to be tried at their new home. Don’t forget to make the chicken satay with tomato and peanut dip, fish with greens and burnt chilli and peanut, and the lotus stem in raw mango curry a part of your order.
Where: N6, N Block Market, Greater Kailash I
Contact:+91 78279 34133
As Dimcha Cafe completes five years in the city, they’ve launched a new arm — that of delivering ‘comfortably Chinese’ food to your doorstep. Small plates, soups, dimsums, khan suey, meal-in-a-bowl, and a special 8-hour cooked full chicken is what’s on offer. The chilled tofu, cream cheese dumplings, crispy mayo chicken, stir-fried American corn and water chestnut are what’s good here.
Contact:+91 98524 98888, +91 98539 58888
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