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From the land of dragons

Savour the mildly spiced cuisine of Shanghai at a City Tower restaurant

Pics: S. Siva Saravanan.

GO CHINESE: Enjoying authentic food.

SHANGHAI, THE commercial hub of China, may be a familiar name to most people, but it's cuisine is not all that well known.

Most of the special delicacies on offer at `Shanghai', the Chinese restaurant of Hotel City Tower, belong to this city.

With stories about Chinese food (on snakes and other wrigglies) still fresh in your memory you wonder what Shanghai will offer.

Thankfully, there are no surprises and one actually starts liking the food after tasting it.

So, what's different? "Unlike most regions, the chilli base in Shanghai cuisine is mild," explains A. Rajkumar, General Manager of the restaurant.

Start off with the hot and sour chicken soup. The thick soup, flavoured with shredded chicken, egg and vegetables, is heavy on sauce.

The crispy fried spring chicken is sweet. The sour garlic sauce complements this delicacy well.



A delicious spread

The 44-cover restaurant has an expansive a-la-carte menu and offers seafood, chicken, mutton and noodles among others.

The chicken chopsuey is sticky as usual, but the noodles manage to retain their crispness.

The chopsuey in tomato sauce is predictably sweet. The Shanghai fried rice, chicken and fish are a must-try.

The fried rice, with sprinklings of finely chopped chicken, mushroom and egg is good. The sauce served as an accompaniment goes well with the rice.

Shanghai chicken and fish come in two versions-dry and gravy. Since it is not very spicy, the taste of chicken and fish come through nicely. "Families constitute a major part of our clientele. Chicken chopsuey and other dishes from Shanghai are popular among diners," says P. Mohamed, Manager, Operations.

The authentic Chinese food is modified to suit the local palate on request.

The year-old restaurant is planning to offer Chinese meals (with noodles, fried rice and soup) shortly.

For bookings, call (0422) 2230641, 2230681, 5379782.

Soups n' breads

FEAST ON soups and breads at the `Soup and bread festival' which starts today at The Residency, Coimbatore. Choose from 12 soups, six each in the veg and non-veg section, which are served with as assortment of breads such as Italian, Mexican, stuffed olive bread and short corn crushed bread. The soups and breads are part of the regular buffet and are served during dinner. On Sunday, it is open for lunch too. The fest concludes on January 26.

M. ALLIRAJAN

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