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Chopstick corner

Try out crispy fried rice, tasty manchurians and lip-smacking chopsueys at Hotel Oasis at Palayam, which claims to serve authentic Chinese fare.

Think about Chinese fare and you may have thrown up your hands in disappointment many a time. Though prominently displayed on the menu of many eateries in the city, the food served hardly resembles Chinese.

Fried rice that looks more like pulav, no tasty manchurians to go along, no lip-smacking chopsueys...

Hotel Oasis at Palayam, however, claims to be different. An eatery is no longer a place to troop in, gulp down food and walk off. The right decor and atmosphere are essential to the experience of eating out and Oasis has done up its interior to give that Oriental feel. Figures of two lions sit on either side of the door at the entrance to welcome you.

Inside, a huge screen at one end separates the restaurant from the rest of the room. Pictures of golden dragons, lanterns, potted plants and flower vases add to the ambience. Even the tableware has Chinese motifs and inscriptions on them. Red, the favourite colour of the Chinese, is splashed everywhere. The grub is a combination of some popular and some exotic dishes such as bamboo-grained noodles. Groups may ideally order Oasis Specials such as Munchow fried rice or tawa chicken that come in large quantities. Though costlier, they eliminate the need for ordering more of the same stuff just for an extra helping. That's money saved. And if you have some distance to go before crossing the budget, just ask for another dish. Even otherwise, the quantity is sufficient for two. The prices are very much the same as elsewhere, except at the big hotels. Some dishes such as the biriyani, available on request, are priced higher though. Your pocket will be lighter by Rs. 250 to Rs. 300 for a decent meal for a family of four. Though a bit cramped, the joint is ideal for families, with the seating made to accommodate larger groups. However, two or three persons may feel lost on the big tables.

An NRI venture, Hotel Oasis is part of a chain of restaurants in the city that include Oasis Burgerland at Palayam and Oasis Family Restaurant at Kesavadasapuram.

R.K.R.

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