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    Seafoodies will love this specially crafted Oriental menu

    Known for putting the popular Memories of China on the foodie trail, chef William Tong now uses his expertise to weave a menu around the fine nuances of seafood. Despite being a weekday, the place was full of cheery diners and we settled in with a big appetite and high expectations.

    Jump start
    We started with prawn and bamboo shoot dimsum which were delicious — translucent and delicately wrapped morsels bursting with flavour. I would have liked more but knew that it would be wiser to pace myself. Seaweed soup came next — a lovely glutious melange of crab meat and tofu. The seasoning was so well balanced that the taste and texture of the meat stayed intact.

    Big ticket
    For the mains, we had seafood fried rice in chef Tongs special homemade XO sauce which would have been very nice on its own since there were enough seafood morsels in it to make it a complete meal. We plan to return for this soon. On the side, we had a hearty dish of prawns in hot garlic sauce and a serving of fried grouper in heady black bean sauce. The prawns were large, succulent and nestling in a mildly spiced gravy. A mention must be made of the stir-fried greens with a hint of garlic to round off the meal perfectly. A mix of greens, broccoli, sugar snap peas, snow peas and bok choy, cooked to tender yet crunchy perfection.
    Dessert was a sinfully rich, flourless chocolate cake and a small pot of crème brulee with fresh fruit. And a knockout shot of espresso to finish off with!
    Meal for two Rs2,000++. At Vivanta by Taj, MG Road. Details: 66604444

    — Frances Rao

     

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