Soups, dim sum, hot Hakka noodles and my winter is all set. This is what I was thinking when I visited Hunan last week for the preview of new menu. My perception of Chinese food completely changed when I tried the authentic Chinese food at Hunan. The word authentic is very tricky one. Most of the people serve unhealthy and nowhere-close-to authentic dishes in the name of Chinese cuisine. Hunan restaurant is different and serves the best Chinese food in town. This was my first visit to Hunan after hearing a lot about them. Hunan is located in the busy streets of Koramangala 5th Block. From outside the restaurant looks very dinky and once you enter you will have a different feeling. Their ambiance is good with an earthy and modern look; a break from many Chinese restaurants with 'enter the dark world' look.
Menu for the night
|Asian flavor Chicken salad|
|Thai Seafood and Rice Vermicelli Salad|
If Asian flavor Chicken salad was burst of flavors with fresh ingredients like carrot, red cabbage, shredded chicken, spring onion tossed with peanut butter and vinaigrette dressing then Thai seafood and rice vermicelli salad was so perfectly made.
|Chicken Hot Basil|
|Shredded Pork Beijing Style|
|Fried Chili Prawns with Tamarind Sauce|
|Sugarcane skewered Chicken|
|Fried Corn Curd Chili Pepper|
|Salt and Pepper Silken Tofu|
|Hong Kong styled steamed Seer Fish|
|Asian Style Stuffed Tofu with Chicken|
|Raw mango Chili Fish|
|Assorted Vegetables in Chili Oyster Sauce|
|Pork and Asparagus with Hot Bean Sauce|
|Lo Han Jai|
Meal by itself
|Chicken Stew with Black Wood Ear|
|Chicken Peking Noodles|
Chicken Peking Noodles was my favorite of all the main course. I love the combination of Chicken with Black Wood Ear but along with sticky rice it lacked flavors. So for me this was just an average dish.
|Red velvet cake|
Desserts were not part of the tasting menu and some of us believe no meal can complete without desserts. Along with some chocolates we were served two wonderful (or should I say beautiful) desserts - Tres Leches and Red Velvet Cake. Tres Leches, also known as 'three milks cake' was made of sponge cake soaked with three types of milk- evaporated milk, condensed milk and heavy cream. This dessert was heavenly. Red velvet cake was moist and wonderfully done.
Hunan doesn't serve alcohol, so they served us two refreshing drinks which were perfect for the evening - Iced tea and Cucumber Cooler.
Overall my dinner at Hunan was very different from my past dining experience at other Chinese restaurants. Hunan has won the 'Times Food Awards' for Best Chinese Restaurant and I felt they deserve this award every year. I can't wait to take my spouse to Hunan for a romantic dinner night :) The new menu will be available from the end of November, so head to Hunan for an unforgettable dining experience.
#123, 1st Floor, KHB Colony
Opp California Pizza Kitchen,
Koramangala 5th Block, Bangalore
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