The Lowdown: London’s favourite dimsum chain makes its India debut at Mumbai’s Bandra Kurla Complex.
Ambience: Classic. The gold and coffee brown interiors, with a slight hint of blue, sets the oriental tone in just the right measure. A few Chinese alphabets make their presence felt just in case yo
u weren’t sure where dimsums are from. Almost fully packed for lunch and dinner, the decibel levels from the crowd are high enough to drown out the music. Not the place for a quiet romantic date. Best for work lunches or a group dinner.
Lip-smacking: Among the cocktails, the signature Ping Pong is not quite impressive, thanks to an overdose of lychee juice. The classic apple and cinnamon martini, lemon and basil and lemongrass and lime are worth a try. The dips and sauces taste divine and dazzle up the sticky dimsums. You can order an assortment of sauces alone to spice up your meal. Stay clear from the rice and noodle dishes that are unimaginative and predictable. Instead take your pick from the range of fried, baked, steamed and special dishes. We strongly recommend the prawn crackers and the Vietnamese rice paper prawn roll. For the poultry lover, lemon chicken, har gau and the spicy chicken dumplings will be a feast. Finish your meal off with a fluffy Chinese ginger cake or a moist molten lava cake.
Don’t even go there: If you are not a fan of the small plate philosophy. Portions are meagre with three dimsums per plate which will leave you hungry even after a full course meal. Also, there is no clear distinction between starters and main course. The menu’s claims that the rice and noodle dishes serves two are far from true.
‘Man’speak: The idea of placing your order by ticking on a rate card placed on your table is both refreshing and convenient. The card also has additional options to customise your restaurant experience, ranging from ‘keep the drinks flowing’ to ‘Can we be out by ___o’clock, please?’. The waiters are extremely friendly and polite and ever ready to help you make your food choices, sometimes even suggesting a personal favourite. Service is quick and food served steaming hot.
How to get there: First International Financial Centre, G Block, Bandra Kurla Complex. Call 022 67413333
Cost: Rs 2,000