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Truly Thai


Steamed dishes are a special treat at Beijing Bites. — Photo: Sampath Kumar G.P.

BEIJING BITES is a Chinese restaurant with a difference. It's different because this new joint in town offers a generous sprinkling of Thai food, which is rather unusual for a Chinese restaurant. Also, Thai food requires special equipment and ingredients that are really expensive, and you will find all these in place here.

Beijing Bites is a partnership between Balaji Naidu and Nayeer Abdulla, who also run Latinos, located on Lady Curzon Street, and the Chungs chain of restaurants in the City. A lot of planning has gone into the duo's new project with the motto being value for money. Balaji Naidu, a foodie himself, insists on maintaining authenticity of food, and not "Indianising", a rather common phenomenon in most Chinese restaurants. Just over a month old, the restaurant already has regular clientele. There are plans to undertake both outdoor catering and home delivery soon.

Beijing Bites offers an extensive and excellent variety. Careful thought and preparation goes into the making of each dish, and the restaurant makes use of imported ingredients to maintain the authentic Thai taste.

The speciality of the place are the steamed dishes. The menu has interesting dishes such as the dragon chopsuey/ chowmein, a counter to the sweet American and bland Chinese chopsuey. Equally interesting are chicken-in-pickle chilli sauce, green, red and yellow Thai chicken, and prawn tamporu - a must try. And, of course, there are crispy and lightly batter-fried prawns. The restaurant has an innovative chef and a well-equipped kitchen.

The prices are, for a change, affordable, ranging from Rs. 25 to Rs. 95. This restaurant has a classy, yet relaxed ambience, with tasteful, simple décor.

Charming blue upholstery, little Buddhas, and interesting lighting contribute to the relaxed feel at Beijing Bites.

The restaurant is on the ground floor of Sigma Trident on Hayes Road, off Richmond Road. You can call Beijing Bites on 2075060.

REKHA MENON

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