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Eating International in Delhi, Part 2: Chinese

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A March 2010 trip to New Delhi by phileasfogg

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Quote: Chinese is Delhi's favourite 'foreign' cuisine, with even roadside stalls tossing up a mean chowmein. Here's a selection of some of the better restaurants that serve decent Chinese food.

Oriental Bloom (The)

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Restaurant | "Arguably the Best Dimsum Lunch in Town"

Oriental Bloom (The) Photo, New Delhi, India
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Nearly all the smarter Chinese restaurants in Delhi offer a dimsum lunch: a soup, followed by bamboo steamer after bamboo steamer of dimsums, and a dessert. Very few of them manage to get it right: invariably, they give you so much of one type of dimsum, you tank up on the ones that come first, so by the end of the meal, even interesting-sounding dimsums put you off. And many of the dimsum meals consist of the dimsums being plonked all simultaneously on the table, so they’re cold and gooey pretty soon.The one restaurant that does manage to get it right is The Oriental Bloom. This is a nice place—impressive-looking porcelain warriors on the shelves, serene Buddha heads and delicate paintings of Asia...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 17, 2010

Oriental Bloom (The)
C-309 And 310, 3rd Floor, Ansal Plaza, Hudco Place
New Delhi, India
+91 11 26265444

Joy Luck Moon

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Restaurant | "Small, Cosy and with Good Food"

Joy Luck Moon Photo, New Delhi, India
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The Select Citywalk Mall has a bunch of good eateries, but till a little while back, the only Oriental restaurant was Chi Kitchen. Then Joy Luck Moon opened, and we decided—on the recommendation of relatives, who said that it had the best fried corn curd in town—to go try it out for ourselves. Joy Luck Moon sits on the second floor of the mall, overlooking one of the atriums. It’s a smallish restaurant, decorated in uncluttered cream and white, with eye-catching accents in deep red. Pretty, and not cheesily ‘faux Chinese’. Go past the dozen-odd tables in the restaurant, and you emerge on to Joy Luck Sky, the terrace where they have a Chinese barbecue.The summer’s set in, and what with the mosquitoe...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 11, 2010

Joy Luck Moon
S-10, 2nd Floor, Select City Walk, District Centre
Saket, New Delhi 110017
011 46558653 54

Nanking

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Restaurant | "Good Food - but Avoid the Dimsum Lunch"

Nanking Photo, New Delhi, India
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Nanking is owned and run by Chinese-origin, Indian nationality chef and entrepreneur Baba Ling. It opened a few years ago, while we were living in Vasant Kunj—just about fifteen minutes’ walk from the restaurant, and it soon became a favourite of ours. Now, even though we live at the other end of town, my husband and I decide we’ll pay another visit to Nanking, along with my in-laws.The space outside Nanking has been decorated for Christmas with a crib and nativity scene, and when we enter the main lobby (laughing Buddha, red paper lanterns, a curved-sided pool full of goldfish), we find that it’s been embellished with a Christmas tree, streamers and tinsel. All very charming. We don’t have a reser...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 24, 2010

Nanking
C Block, Opposite Delhi Public School, Vasant Kunj
New Delhi, India
+91 (11) 2613-893

Chi Kitchen and Bar

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Restaurant | "Passable Chinese Food at Economical Prices"

Chi Kitchen and Bar Photo, New Delhi, India
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I’ve eaten at two Chi Kitchen outlets in Delhi: the one at the Safdarjang Development Area Market, and the newer, smaller one at the Select Citywalk Mall in Saket. The food is generally better value for money than a lot of other eateries in Delhi; but invariably we’ve found that several items on the menu aren’t available. We’ve also had problems with extremely delayed service (this at the Select Citywalk outlet). Despite that, though, it’s conveniently located and relatively inexpensive, so on our way back from a Christmas shopping expedition, we decide to stop over at the Safdarjang Development Area outlet for lunch.Outside, the restaurant is crowded with potted plants; inside, it’s a mix of elega...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on March 24, 2010

Chi Kitchen and Bar
C1, Safdarjang Development Area Market
New Delhi, India

Mainland China

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Restaurant | "Don’t Let the Waiters Order for You!"

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The first time we went to Mainland China, we allowed a persuasive waiter to order for us. The result? Very spicy food, rich in soya sauce, red chillies and tomato ketchup: the sort of food that’s popular in the Punjabi-Chinese restaurants of Delhi. The resemblance to Chinese food was non-existent.This time, my brother-in-law suggests we give Mainland China another chance to redeem itself. We will, we make up our minds, order our own food and not accept any suggestions from wait staff. So we—four adults and two children—set off for Mainland China. Beside a large red sign is the main entrance to the restaurant, a moon door leading into a quiet waiting area. The restaurant stretches over three ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 24, 2010

Mainland China
4, E Block, Local Shopping Centre, Greater Kailash Part 2
New Delhi, India

The Near East

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Restaurant | "Some Unusual (and Fusion) Chinese Food"

The Near East Photo, New Delhi, India
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Till a couple of years ago, we lived near Basant Lok. Whenever I didn’t feel like cooking—and we didn’t want to eat pizza—we’d order food from The Near East. This, despite realising that most Chinese food is probably best eaten straight off the wok, not after it’s travelled for a while. But The Near East remained a favourite. On a cold winter night, there would be nothing as satisfying and warming as a huge bowlful of chicken and browned garlic soup: a flavoursome broth, with lots of chicken, oyster mushrooms, bok choy, and just the right amount of gently fried minced garlic. On days when we were feeling the need for something a little spicier, we’d settle for the restaurant’s innovative Orient...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 24, 2010

The Near East
15 Basant Lok, Vasant Vihar
New Delhi, India
09958999707

The Yum Yum Tree

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Restaurant | "Very Yummy Chinese Food"

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The Yum Yum Tree opened in the New Friends Colony Community Centre market in 2008, and we discovered it a few days later. Ever since, we’ve been numerous times, and we’ve never been disappointed.So here we are again, celebrating my niece Neeti’s fourteenth birthday. There are a lot of us: my sister, her husband, Neeti and her younger brother, Tarun and I, and my brother-in-law’s cousin, her husband and their two children. Ten people, but the polite young man at The Yum Yum Tree’s reception desk is unfazed and guides us upstairs to the restaurant. Even though we don’t have reservations, there isn’t a problem. Part of the reason ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 24, 2010

The Yum Yum Tree
Community Centre, New Friends Colony
New Delhi, India
+91.11.4260.2020