Restaurant Review : GING at Royal Orchid Central , Bangalore | India
The Oriental Bar & Kitchen, GING , is the latest entrant to Royal Orchid Central , that serves culinary experiences from Chinese kitchens of Canton and Sichuan , along with array of pan-asian dishes & delightful drinks in luxurious ambience on the top floor with magnificent garden city view of Bangalore.
The GING view from inside ( p.c: GING)
The oriental has always been one of my dearest international cuisine and that was the reason, I was very excited to visit this place. Be it the spicily tempting sriracha preparation or the sophisticated Cantonese dishes or even the claypots or even mouthwatering chilli crab to array of dim sums ,the flavours, ingredients and spices from the pan-asian gastronomy have never failed to impress me.
The menu here, is quite extensive and has been inspired by Chinese cooking with the hint of influences from the south-eastern flavours, ranging from the staples like soups , Baos & dim sums, asian street dishes from Hawker grill to the Single pot meals, all meant providing a comprehensive asian food experience.
“Dim sums have always been my favourites , whether savoury or sweet , steamed baked or fried and these bite sized dishes are usually part of my pan-asian meal.” As we were group with both vegetarian and non vegetarian dietary preferences, we decided to try the assortment from the menu.
The Preparation of Dim sums before steaming them (above)
Hence we asked them to bring the Crispy Pak Choi Dumpling , the Vegetable Crystal and Turnip Cake from their vegetarian menu , while Chicken & Coriander and Spicy Prawn Har Gau from the non vegetarian ones.
They also Baozzi dishes like Chili pork , Hoisin duck , Lobster Butter Garlic , crab pepper among others, which we plan to try during our next visit.
Turnip Cake (above) and Vegetable Crystal (below)
Appetisers or Little Plates
Their menu has some interesting section of small portions , known here as Little Plates. My vegetarian friends opted for the vegetable Lettuce Wrap with Water chestnut, Shitake mushrooms & Spring Onion and spicy flavoured Sriracha Tofu.
On the other hand,the carnivores like me , relished the Golden Pumpkin Prawn ,prepared with pumpkin puree & carnation milk. The light and flaky textured Crispy Fish fried with Japanese style panko breadcrumbs with red chilli & coconut , served with a oriental dip , was absolute delight and I would recommend both of these here as perfect starters with drinks.
Golden Pumpkin Prawn (above) and Crispy Fish (below)
Asian Street food is very famous and I relished it every time I visited south-east Asia. The Hawkers Grill section here is dedicated to asian street food and we tried the Fatman’s Chicken , made with minced chicken meat on a sugar cane stick and served with oriental condiments,as seen below.
Mains or the Sharing Plates
This section had some interesting vegetarian mains. The Seasonal Greens cooked in chilli soya sauce and the Tofu Claypot laden with mushroom & soya beans were our choices.
We also tried non vegetarians lip smacking delicacies like the thai inspired Massaman Chicken , Hot Pot Sea Bass with shiitake in szechwan sauce and the northern Chinese inspired stir-fried Mongolian lamb with scallions.
Hot Pot Sea Bass
The Mushroom Hibachi Rice was absolute pleasure to savour with premium mushroom varieties of shiitake & wood-ear cooked with sticky rice.I Have never tried wood ear mushrooms before.
The desserts we had were the Vanilla Crème Brulee and Assorted Seasonal Mochi with mango and other flavours. While the former was not so awesome and definitely need lot of improvement, the latter had some nice delicate fruity flavours.
With our meal , we ordered non alcoholic drinks too.We tried the Mona Lisa’s Tears with Mango , pineapple juice , water melon & Banana syrup, Deep Blue Sea , a Blue curacao & soda drink with vanilla ice cream, and Grand Cayman , prepared with mango juice , coconut milk , lime and sugar syrup and the my favourite Fresh Lime Soda.
Great pan asian culinary experience, panoramic view , great location are definitely some of the positives of this newly opened place. I have also heard some good reviews about their Sunday brunch which is not a buffet, but an elegantly served spread off a set menu with lots of live entertainment and music.
“ It has recently been nominated for the Best Chinese at Times Food Awards 2018. If you feel , it deserves to be there , you can show your love and vote for GING by giving missed call at +91-124-3375005 ”
Location: Level 10, Royal Orchid Central, Manipal Center,
Dickenson Road, Bangalore, India 560042
Phone: +91 99020 00063