like a child anticipating a special gift. The day was going to be packed, that
much I knew! The afternoon to 8pm was spent cheering CSK on at the Chepauk
stadium as they beat KKR in the IPL 6 tournament and then came the special
event of the day. I was heading over to friend’s house, to shower change and
head off to ITC Grand Chola for a dinner at Pan Asian. It was courtesy a
twitter contest I had won earlier the week. And since I was told I could bring
a friend along, i chose A. She was ready
by the time I made it to her apartment, and it was nearly 8.30pm. A quick
shower and I was ready.
had just opened up- The Pan Asian.
But before we were taken there, we were given a tour of the place, including
the recently launched Royal Vega, the pure vegetarian restaurant on the 1st
its name. There are tables set up according to themes and one of them had
plates with covers that were heavy, and I mean heavy. They were embellished
with stones and what not. There was a secluded room that was ideal for a small
family gathering, and it was beautiful. There was a mannequin decked up in
traditional attire. The beauty was that the room could be split into two, to
host two small groups.
over the place, we made our way towards Pan Asian. The restaurant sports a
narrow passage way entry and you go around the bend to see the entire space. It
was huge, not a huge square but a long space. We were seated in one end of the
room, near the bar and the sushi counter. I wandered over to see the display
which showcased different kinds of mushrooms, cucumbers, and other meat that
were used to make sushi.
sorts. It was a longish plate with 3 distinct items in it a small piece of tofu
with a pickled carrot slice, a pickled slice of radish and a slice of white
radish with a dollop of avocado cream on top. While we took in the
surroundings, the music and the décor, our soups and starters arrived. I had chosen to try the familiar Tom Yum Soup,
but this was nothing like what I’d had earlier. A deep bowl with the vegetables
arrived, and then a tea pot of sorts was brought forward from which the broth
was poured from. The soup was delicious, subtle and flavourful. Then came our
starters. My friend had ordered for sushi while I wanted to try a dim sum. A
cane steamer arrived on the table and within it sat cute looking pumpkin like
dimsums. Even though these turned out to be pumpkin dimsums with custard
filling [almost a dessert] I loved them. Only thing that had me puzzled was the
texture, it was quite sticky.
while my friend chose a chocolate dessert. Both of these arrived in style, the
plating was beautiful. we dint have the heart to cut into our dessert and spoil
the whole plating. It was colourful, and
the desserts were quite large in portion size. We chit chatted a bit longer with the staff
before bidding adieu. We were happy, content. Not only did we get to enjoy some
amazing dishes, but it was an evening worth remembering. More so since my
friend was soon moving away, out of the city.
rooms and food, it is an experience! I have been back here multiple times, with
friends and for events, and every time has been a memorable one!
A meal for two here would cost around Rs 2000 to Rs 3000/-
#63, Mount Road, Guindy, Chennai,TN,600032
Ph- 044 2220 0000