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It’s totally worth it

With its new summer menu, 19 Oriental Avenue at Hotel Shangri-la has set a new benchmark for fine oriental cuisine.

india Updated: Jun 19, 2010 02:02 IST
Sonal Kalra

I’ve been to 19 Oriental Avenue at Hotel Shangri-la many times. And each visit has been memorable for different reasons - at times great company, at times excellent service and at times their fabulous wine list. Food, however, had always received just an ‘average to good’ rating from me, not enough to call it the most cherished aspect of the visit. Well, that changed last Friday.

On an invite to sample the new menu of the popular oriental restaurant, I didn’t expect to set out on a culinary journey this fine. The place serves a wide variety of Chinese, Thai and Japanese delicacies, and previously had three different menus, which have now been combined into one, with distinct sections. The new menu is rather elaborate, with a spattering of additions to each type of cuisine.

Our starters began with Crispy Duck rolls, which were so good that one could make a meal out of them. So when the Sashimi platter came on a huge bowl of crushed ice that looked almost like a sea-bed with salmon, tuna, scallops and even octopus placed decoratively on top, I silently cursed myself for having gone overboard with the duck rolls. The main course highlights included Wagyu Hobayaki, a grilled dish of Wagyu beef cooked in delicious miso sauce and wrapped in hoba leaf. My dining companion who takes beef pronounced the dish excellent.

The Saikouyaki which had the Foie gras marinated in miso also turned out to be great. As much as one wished, there was no scope to try out the Chinese and Thai fare but as explained by Darren Conole, the good natured executive chef at Shangri-la, the creative work of the Chinese and Thai chefs was evident in dishes like the Zi Ran Yang Rao (fried lamb) and Pla Nung Manao (steamed red snapper) which had been added to the menu. For those with a sweet tooth, mango sticky rice is likely to add excellent finishing touches to a perfect meal.

Despite the steep prices that continue to be the bane of fine dining in Delhi (Cost for an average meal for two with the specialties mentioned above, would easily cross Rs 8000), one can safely say that 19 Oriental Avenue now does justice to the claim that Delhi can offer world-class oriental fare under a single roof. They’ve got the formula just right.

Add : 19 Oriental Avenue. Hotel Shangri-la,
Ashoka Road, New Delhi
Tel No: 011 46678269