Journey from East Delhi to Ghaziabad is via the National Highway 24. What lies between these state borders is this white, tall building (about 8 floors plus terrace) which is easily visible from the highway. The approach to the entrance may be tricky but Google Maps comes to the rescue yet again. Entering through the classy revolving doors, I was greeted by the reception desk and guided to the terrace restaurant by a staff member. On the Terrace, the lift opens to a small corridor with a glass door, leading to the pool side. A decently large area has been dedicated to the S shaped pool, patio furniture and changing rooms. Across the pool is the restaurant. It is a vertically designed, fully indoor seating restaurant, overlooking the pool outside with a lively décor in colors of red and orange, giving us major rooftop ambiance goals. Right opposite the entrance is the bar which is quite big for the place itself with matching bar stools to keep up with the shade cards of the eatery. I was directed to the left most corner for my reserved table. I immediately fell in love with the furnishings and the wall art right behind my table. This place is a dinner only kind of restaurant which opens at about 6:30 PM. While I was there on a Saturday, the place was not over crowded but decently filled which can allow diners to indulge in good conversations over food without much noise. With a seating capacity of about 30 people, I am not sure how the place caters to those over crowded nights. In all, my first impression of the place was impressive!
FOOD & DRINKS-
With no set menu to be served, it seemed like a paradise for a super foodie like me! The food menu is extravagant with various options in vegetarian and non-vegetarian. The type of cuisine served is Chinese which is definitely a personal favorite of most of us. Silver cutlery and pure white crockery are always a classic affair with a special mention for Paper Straws as a step towards cutting down their carbon print. Chopsticks are provided when asked for and are the normal wooden ones as available commonly.
Getting on to the moot point and jumping right into the appetizers. I started the meal with the Drums of Heaven which were nothing less than heavenly! Stacked in a single line over a vertical plating, portion and size of the dish is amazing. The chicken was so well cooked, the flavors were nothing less than perfect. The stuffing in the drums was proportionate in quantity and in taste. The coating of sweet and spicy sauce just lifted the flavors up a notch.
Next in line were the Bang Bang Shrimps. The shrimps had been beautifully marinated and fried in crumbs to create that crunchy outer skin, while maintaining the freshness inside. Every piece was deeply coated with the chef’s special “bang bang” sauce that you could eat every bit of it, right of the serving plate. A high recommendation for both above starters.
My personal favorite from the mains was the Chicken in Thai Green Curry. Having tried the Thai curry at umpteen number of places, I can safely say that this is one of the best ones in this area. A perfect proportion of the curry paste in the mix is an essential part and they seem to have mastered it. The vegetables and chicken in the curry were in abundance. The small suggestion offered to chef was to slice the pieces of chicken a bit smaller for the sake of ease in eating. The curry can be paired well with steamed rice.
Just when I thought my taste buds were satisfied, I was bombarded with the succulent spread of desserts that were offered to me. I cannot pick out a single flaw with a single dessert on the menu because all of them just blew me away. Given a choice, I would just go here for the dessert only! I tried the Date Pancakes, Fried Ice Cream and Darsaan. Each dessert was a “chota packet bada BOMB” in itself. Be it the crispy parcels filled with dates or the bread coated deep fried butterscotch ice cream with chocolate sauce or the authentic Chinese dessert, each one carried its own unique flavor and stood out. A big thumbs UP!
People who are looking for hard alcohol, this place may disappoint you since they do not serve alcohol yet with an exception of beer, but you can choose from their diverse and unique mocktail menu for extraordinary drinks to sip with while you enjoy the food. I tried the Dark Knight which had fresh mint leaves, lemon chunks, chat masala topped with coca cola.
Many of us living in the East Delhi / Ghaziabad area will agree that this area lacks good dining outlets. With the Sky Wok launching, it is a relief. Though the Zomato description says it’s for casual dining but I would definitely call it nothing less than a fine dining experience.