What: Pan-Asian Buffet at China Town
Where: 3rd Floor, Cathedral Road, Gopalapuram, Chennai
When: 1st June - 19th June, 2016
At a prominent location of the city, China Town continues to serve delicious food from Chinese cuisine. And this time they have brought down the best delicacies from various Pan-Asian cuisines. The buffet offers a wide spread starting from soups, salads, starters, mains and desserts with ample varieties for vegetarians and non-vegetarians. It is priced at Rs. 645 INR (tax inclusive).
As I walked across the buffet spread, it is a well-planned collection of dishes and taste-wise the food won the show. It is a rotational menu so you might not find the same dish I ate but the varieties look luscious. The soups and starters are served on your table; the Spicy Lemon Grass Soup wasn't a favourite and the hit of spice was overboard for me. Both the live-grilled hot Tofu Satay and Chicken Sausage Satay with peanut dip were yum.
The dim sums with the chilli and mustard sauce were delicious, both the Chicken and Veg Dim Sum made me salivate and crave for more. Crispy cauliflowers tossed in the sweet and hot sauce, the Cauliflower with Cashew Nuts is the best pick of the day and a similar counterpart "Fish in Chilly Basil Sauce" was equally tasty with soft and juicy fish chunks in the hot-sweet basil sauce.
The Veg Fried Wontons, crispy with the right amount of filling is another hit. I didn't taste the Chicken Lolly Pop as the overpowering sweetness from the sauce is something I wouldn't enjoy.
And then there was the buffet, I happily skipped the salads (there were three varieties) and went on to the mains. A tad less on salt otherwise the Veg Jungle Fried Rice is the best on the buffet. Except Egg Plant Pepper Salt in veg and Sweet and Sour Prawn in non-veg, which aren't my personal favourite, the rest of the meal was spot-on.
Creamy and rich Vietnamese Veg Curry paired so well with the steamed rice. And the Exotic Vegetables in Black Bean Sauce was perfect for the Veg Hakka Noodles.
For the carnivores, there was Jungle Fried Rice with Chicken, Vietnamese Chicken Curry and Lamb in Chilly Oyster Sauce. They all tasted great and that was an almost flawless main course.
The dessert varieties were bang-on, the Coconut Dim Sum, White Chocolate Delight and Jam Tart were perfecto in terms of sweet and flavour balance. Velvety, wobbly and tasty was the Caramel Custard. The Butterscotch Pastry, Bread Pudding and Honey Crispy Noodles with Ice-Cream were good in taste. Whereas the Panna Cotta and Strawberry Mousse weren't a personal favourite, especially I would have preferred a smoother version of Panna Cotta.
And the unlimited deal with a extravagant culinary spread of mouth-watering Asian dishes at Rs. 645 INR (tax inclusive) is a jackpot for Asian food lovers.
Breaking Down Points
Location & Parking: Positive. A well-chosen location with valet parking.
Ambience: Good. A good place but they can definitely maintain it better.
Food Variety: Positive. The Pan-Asian buffet is vast and sumptuous.
Taste: Positive. Bang-on, almost flawless.
Quality & Quantity: Good. It's unlimited and presented well. They can think about not having the spread right at the entrance.
Service: Good. No complaints.
Price: NA. Cost for two is Rs. 1290 INR approx. A totally value for money meal and the buffet is priced reasonably.
So my Verdict!
China Town! Spreading their wings across Asian cuisine with the exotic Pan-Asian culinary spread. The food and taste talks enough and a major reason to check out this place. The special Pan-Asian buffet is till 19 June 2016.
For Reservations and information call 044-2811 2246.
P.S. This write-up is based on my food palate & dining experience during my restaurant visit. On-the-house bloggers meet for Pan-Asian buffet. Remember, no two person's food palate can be same. And this post is only for the Pan-Asian Buffet happening at China Town.
Pan Asian Buffet at China Town, Gopalapuram, Chennai Reviewed by Divya Srinivasan on 17:48 Rating: