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Gorge without guilt

chandigarh Updated: Oct 12, 2012 11:15 IST
Somya Abrol
Somya Abrol
Hindustan Times
Gorge without guilt

When you enter a newish lounge called Satva, what do you expect to encounter? Rhetorical question. Indian food, of course!


Your expectations, however, are washed off when you flip over to the second leaf of the menu of this easy, laid back, bare-walled lounge.

Set in the basement of Sector 26’s Chinese food haunt, Mainland China, this newly opened earthen lounge does offer Indian appetisers, but the taste of the clay oven remains limited to just that. The main course comes straight from the wok, and the wok only.

We decided to rule out Indian food altogether and went in for the safe option of vegetable salt and pepper. And we’re happy to declare that we weren’t in the least bit disappointed. All the veggies in the appetiser were perfectly coated and beautifully crisped, with just the right amount of freshly-ground pepper.

For the main course we tried corn and potato tsing hoi style, chicken in oyster sauce and vegetable fried rice. The corn and potato was commendable, with a viscous enough sauce for the rice and soft, fresh sweet corn, topped with loads of cashews. The chicken too was melt in mouth. The chicken spoke of the quality Mainland China is famous for, while the dish in itself was beautifully balanced in terms of flavour.

Coming to the rice, as simple as they seem, finding the perfect plate of fried rice in a state like ours where everything is Punjabicised, is quite the ordeal. Satva, however, has managed to pull off that deceptive simplicity of the dish.

If you’re expecting a dessert after this, like we were, you’re in for a disappointment. “The lounge does not offer desserts,” simply put by the waiter. The upside — cutting back on calories. Oriental is healthy food after all, you see! But then again, who’s counting?