As we entered this piece of art at the Westin Pune, the first thing we were told that we serve Cantonese food. While no offence to this cuisine but having lived in HK as my Indian taste buds suffered quite a bit, this opening statement did send a shiver down my spine and I was skeptical how this experience gonna turn out.
The Ambience is classy and sort of formal with light music in the background, this isn’t a place for loud parties but rather a place with serene setup and soft conversations.
Soups – Chicken hot & sour / Chicken Coriander soup – Out of the two Chicken Coriander will be my preferred option when dining again while hot and sour soup was good in its own right but didn’t quite suit my taste buds.
Starters – The showstopper of the evening in starters and main course for me was the Mongolian Fried Chicken. These boneless chicken chunks were fried in appetising spices and had that unexpected “chatpata” flavour that was the USP of this preparation 😍
The other recommendations in starters are the steamed chicken & chive dumplings, smoked shredded chicken and fried chicken wanton.
Mocktails – The Mango punch was the best Mocktail of the evening and after every bite or so I stealthily had a sip or two away from the prying eyes of my companions 🤓
Mains & Desserts – For mains we chose to be a bit more conventional and went for Chicken Fried rice with Chicken in dry red chilly. These are not your usual Indo-Chinese spicy fried rice and chicken preparations but they were pretty good. This can be a good option for Mains if like me you’re biased towards Indian cuisine.
The Chocolate Dome dessert was the perfect way to end this memorable dinner, after the initial spectacle of warm chocolate sauce breaking up the dome revealing the Icecream underneath. The end resultant of Icecream dipped in chocolate sauce coupled with crunchy chocolate flaky bits is bound to give some crispy and delicious bites indeed and we loved it 😍
Overall I will rate this experience at Royal China very highly. I would like to add the food here is not authentic Cantonese but it is not your typical Chindian style either. The food here is somewhat a crossover between Indian/Chinese food and it definitely worked for me !