Oh what a lucky, lucky break! Mayur Vihar, eating out will never be the same for you anymore! All you food lovers of Mayur Vihar, Vaishali, Vasundhra, Anand Vihar and even Noida…here is the answer to your prayers – the inimitable Kylin Experience has opened its delightful doors to you courtesy Holiday Inn. Situated very comfortably from all these places, Kylin is soon becoming the answer to this area’s need for a nice casual dining place.
I will get to the food in a bit, let me first gush about the interiors. Okay, well, not gush; my critique should be as elegant and understated as the interiors. They are calm, warm and inviting. Just how it should be and very befitting for a mellow pan-asian experience for the taste buds. The gentle, softly playing music, courteous service all add to the relaxed ambience.
As you enter, the warm lighting invites and guides you into the tastefully done up bar. It is quite well stocked with the finest liquors and mixers and quite a skilled mixologist tending to it. We kicked off our lunch with fabulous saketinis and a fine red was to accompany our meal. As we walked on to our waiting table, we met the very affable Head Chef, Pascal Tamang. And what a pleasure this was going to be, experiencing the knowledgeable company of the masterful chef, his guidance on the dishes to try, the perfect combinations and accompaniments to a particular dish, all enriched our dining experience. Chef Tamang has trained under great culinary masters and honed his skills in Chinese and Thai cuisine. He is one for pushing boundaries, and innovates constantly with his enthusiastic team.
Our tour into gastronomic heaven kicked off with their interactive Sushi counter. Yes, Sushi is an acquired taste and oh how have I acquired it! I could probably eat Sushi all three meals of the day. Needless to say, this is always my strongest area of critique in any pan-asian restaurant I try. We tried the cucumber, salmon and prawn traditional maki and the tuna nigiri. Divine – simply divine. Kylin does some special Sushi too, and I strongly recommend you try the Asparagus Tempura Roll. Chef Tamang was also kind enough to do a special one with caviar for us! The salty burst in the mouth is incomparable, definitely worth a special request.
While I would have been content ordering platters after platters of just Sushi, I couldn’t have given the special Kylin Experience dimsums a miss. So Chef Tamang did the honours personally for us here too. We sampled a wide variety – Mushroom and Bokchoy crystal, Chicken Corriander crystal, Prawn Sesame and Spring Onion Siew Mai and Also Spicy Seafood Dumplings in Chilli Sauce. All of them very flavourful and rather wholesomely satisfying. We also ordered the Chicken Lettuce Wraps, another Kylin special, on the express request of one of our ‘health food loving’ members. Brilliant they were! Must try everyone. And they would go best with the Beijing Clear Soup.
An then my eyes travelled to the live Teppanyaki Grill. With the very experienced Chef Pradeep at the helm of affairs there, this was a guaranteed awesome experience for the taste buds. We wanted to sample more Japanese flavours here, so we went with Sautéed Udon Noodles with vegetables, Salmon Teriyaki, Teppan Special Sticky Fried Rice and to add in an Oriental flavor, we ordered the Chicken with Water Chestnut. Each and every mouthful was feast for the senses. Chef Pradeep kept the conversation flowing, telling us what to expect, what to savour and take notice. An enlightening experience indeed. His final preparation of crisp green asparagus with mildly flavoured butter was just the right thing as palette cleanser.
Its surprising really, we had eaten quite a lot as numbers go, but the feeling was light and ‘appetised’ even after this! So yes, it was onwards to the mains. Keeping it simple, Chef Tamang advised the Thai green curry, wok Tossed Exotic Mushrooms to go with steamed rice. A delight as we had already come to expect.
For desserts, you will be doing yourself great wrong if you don’t try the absolutely amazing basil ice cream and star anise ice cream. These are flavours that will stay with you forever. We had a couple of fried ice cream spring rolls and also the yummy date rolls. What was truly interesting, was the very fragrant, spice dominated Chocolate Mah-jong. Don’t think I have ever tried anything like it. It makes you wonder, savour, get truly addicted and leaves you hankering for more.
Ah what a wonderfully satisfying meal, with a vast array polished off! And to top it all, we left with smiles and floating on air! This was flavours, this was healthy, this was truly a beautiful Kylin Experience. Our felicitations to Chef Tamang and his team, and a big thank you from the core of our happily fed souls!
THE KYLIN EXPERIENCE
THE KYLIN EXPERIENCE
HOLIDAY INN, 13 A, District Centre,
Mayur Vihar Phase 1, New Delhi
Coverage and Review By : Vickrham (vicky) & Sonalini Chaudhary
Compiled aand Edited By : Sonalini Chaudhary
Pics By: Vickrham (vicky)
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