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Standard isn't one of the Old Delhi's best, but it still is a good bet for a morning breakfast of Aloo Puri. You could also have a go at the Samosa. But the Sohan Halwa, Badam Pinni, Gajar Ka Halwa and Kaju Burfi are passable, not great. Not a very high Standard, this.

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Part of a heritage building with lush lawns and high-end shopping

Atmospherics:

The next door neighbour of En, the Japanese restaurant, this one too has a Japanese chef, albeit one that has trained in the cuisine of Thailand and Malaysia. He can also turn out a good array of western-style desserts. Etc has a minimalist look to it that vastly appeals to the Japanese and Koreans who live in the city – no matter whether you go at meal times or in the early evenings, you'll see a couple of tables of ladies who lunch from South East Asia. It helps that the coffee served here is some of the best in the city. Outside is a verandah that easily accommodates six tables: in the evenings, it is a treat to sit here and listen to the parrots screech in the trees overhead as you nurse an espresso.

Table Talk:

The most robust start to you meal has to be the Malaysian Laksa (Rs 445/315/275 for prawn/chicken/vegetables), a full-bodied soup with its trademark spicy stock, a few noodles and mushrooms in addition to the meats or vegetables that you have ordered. As the soup is fairly filling you could follow it up with dimsum. There are three kinds on offer: chicken and Chinese Cabbage (Rs 395), Prawn and Celery (Rs 645) the most flavourful, or Bokchoy and Mushroom (Rs 275). All the dismum have very fine wrappers and are served with a variety of sauces.

However, it is the meal in a bowl section that has all the gems. The best one of these is the Ebi Mayo Dom (Rs 945). Served on a bed of sticky rice that is perfectly cooked in deference to the Japanese customers no doubt, the prawns are optimally cooked and napped in a tangy mayo and served with steamed broccoli and bokchoy. The tempura is actually finely shredded potatoes fried to a crisp and sprinkled atop the bowl. It is modern, light, playful and is a perfect one-dish meal. The handiwork of the talented Japanese chef, the other of his accomplishments is an intensely savoury Thai Green Curry (Rs 865). It does not have the trademark sweetness and is accompanied by prawn crackers.

Plus and minus:

The menu could do with minor changes to make it more interesting; for a gals' day out this is a good choice.

Must tries:

Ishikaya Chicken, Kari Ikan, Gateau Chocola with Caramel Sauce

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