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Pleasing to the palate

It's standard Chinese fare at Wangs Kitchen on Pantheon Road

Pic. by S. R. Raghunathan

Pepping up with garlic and chilli: At Wangs Kitchen.

THE WANGS Kitchen on the third floor of Prince Plaza, Pantheon Road (ph: 52147111), earlier on the second floor, has recently moved a notch up in ways more than one.

Complementing colours, focussed lighting, wood finish blinds and tasteful ornamentations make the interior easy on the eye. The pleasant surprise is the almost total lack of Chinese knick knacks. The only `mood' props are the dragon pictures covering two pillars and a xylophone kept at the end of the buffet table. The menu offers standard items, from dragon dishes to stir fried vegetables to ice katchang. But then, haute cuisine has never been the USP of W. Kitchen. What we have here is food with enough chilli and garlic to please the palate. Dragon chilli mushrooms (Rs.70) and Golden fried prawns (Rs.105) made a good beginning. Chicken clear soup with garlic (Rs.40) was hearty and pungent enough to clear obstructed sinus. Beef with onions (Rs.85) and stir-fried vegetables (Rs.Rs.70) were satisfactory.

The pick of the evening was the Peking roast chicken (Rs.175). The most striking aspect was that it was not even a remote relation of the famous Peking duck and had more to do with may be a Chettinad fry, a milder edition. Missing were the flour wrap and plum sauce that go with the dish. But once you got over the purist hang-up, the bird is quite good. Where W. Kitchen falls behind is the dessert section. The date pancake and darsaan (Rs.40 each) did not pass muster. There is an attractive buffet deal for both lunch and dinner going here. For just Rs.190, there is a choice of six dishes of veg and non-veg, each with noodles and rice. A welcome drink, a soup, two starters and two desserts come free.

MARIEN MATHEW

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