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Enticing fare


THERE IS something about Chinese cuisine, be it the special ingredients or the special reasons for those ingredients or the manner in which it is served, that never ceases to amaze a person. The Jade, the Chinese restaurant of The Claridges makes it a little easier to understand. With its modern dιcor and not so oriental feel, one can rule out the possibility of the typical dragon artifacts being the influencing factor. Nor is it the ubiquitous bamboo shoots that occupy the centre of each table just under the pyramidal lamps. Then what is it? The cerebrum gets going only once it gets it's food for thought, this time literally so. Some Chinese tea with its distinct aromas of jasmine and rose serve as a real warm welcome.


And, if it gets a bit too warm then try some ginger chilly chicken to drive that steam out of your ears. Its strong flavour compensates for any dearth in varieties of sauce, though not all appetizers could vouch for that. The dim-sums, for instance, can range from a culinary delight to an insipid and vapid experiment without the appropriate sauce. Luckily, you have some original Chinese sauce available here. That's what makes the promotional offer of a soup and unlimited Dim-sums along with a dessert so enticing. Some pan fried noodles and egg fried rice also come highly recommended. A mix of Sichuan and Guangzhou food keeps the balance for connoisseurs of authentic Chinese fare and the lovers of Indo-Chinese food. Whatever be your taste, the stand alone trademark main course dishes have a risk of failing to stir you unless you go for a mix and match. Put some diced-chicken; add some broccoli and its gravy to it or some tiger prawns if you like sea-food and match it with your choice of beverage from the elaborate menu and you will know why Chinese is synonymous with ethereal. The succulent sole fish is the softest you get anywhere but a change of sauce can do wonders for your taste buds while the pan-fried vegetables are just the way you like them to be. Plenty of sea-food, some lamb delicacies, tenderloins and some vegetarian delights still await you. Choose whatever you like but ensure that you wrap up your meal with a dessert such as the mint-flavoured ice cream.

S.M. YASIR

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