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Grand Sindhi is yet another one of the several multi-cuisine restaurants which have proliferated all over the city. You could try the Chicken Manchurian, Garlic Chicken, Spring Rolls and Chicken Curry. The Burgers, Spaghetti, Macaroni and Sandwiches are passable. If Indian is what's on your mind, try the Shahi Paneer, the Dal Makhani or the Aloo Gobi. Grand Sindhi lacks anything grand, and anything Sindhi!

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A few changes in the kitchen, and a butterfly has emerged from the chrysalis.
Asia 7 has been long in finding its feet, but now with a Chinese chef at the helm, it has hit on the winning formula: authentic Chinese food that appeals to the local palate.

Atmospherics
Asia 7 is in a noisy part of Ambience Mall, Gurgaon. It's an open plan restaurant with no frontage; the restaurant is separated from its neighbours on either side with glass walls. On the plus side, there's no feeling of being hemmed in; on the minus side, you do get to see a lot of humanity milling by. This is one popular restaurant. The location in a busy mall, the excellent food, the down to earth pricing - if you expect solitude, you won't find it here.

Table Talk
There is only one way to describe the food and that is: brilliant. The a la carte menu that is, not the buffet, which is a (perhaps necessary) nod to the location in a mall. So the Hong Kong style sweet and sour pork (Rs 395) is a perfect blend of the two opposing tastes, with a third one: fruitiness, for which fresh pineapple juice has been used. Contrast works for the pork too: a crisp coating outside and rich juiciness inside.

Chicken with dry chilli, Sichuan pepper and soy (Rs 325) was the highlight of the meal. The chicken was deep-fried yet retained its succulence. The Sichuan pepper gave it its trademark punch and the chopped red chillies added a touch of fire.

Sichuan style boiled basa with dry chili (Rs 625) was served in a nifty bowl with its own stand, obviously from China. The fish was cooked in a bowl full of boiling oil, with the addition of chillies and Sichuan pepper. Poached to perfection, you are supposed to lift the fish out of the bed of oil and enjoy it. The perfect marriage between simplicity and complexity is what makes this dish a winner. The other one of our main courses was also the most expensive dish on the menu: Singapore style chili crab. Hugely messy to eat, it is worth ordering in a mall rather than in formal surroundings.

Plus and Minus
So far, there's only a single branch of Asia 7.

Must Try
Preserved silken tofu and egg; fragrant steamed lotus leaf fried rice; Buddha style vegetables.

Critic Review

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Buzz: 2/5 | Décor: 2.5/5

-By Deepali Gupta

Adjacent to Fresco and Punjab Grill, Asia 7 is an open spacious place which remains noisy and enjoying a drink or two quietly is just impossible. This brightly lit resto-bar in Ambience Mall which serves mostly Pan Asian cuisine remains crowded for the most part for their buffet meals. From the cocktail section you can choose Mediterranean Kiss, Sangria, LIIT, Mojito, and Green Martini. The popular mocktails are Italian Jow, Minti Mango and Melon Mint Granita. The starters to go for are Crispy Shitake Mushroom, Wild Mushroom Glass Noodles Sping Rolls, Crispy Sesame Veg Toast, Chicken Black Pepper Garlic, Chicken with Dry Chilli Sichuan Pepper and Soy, Five Spice Roasted Chicken and Ebi Tempura. With noise and commotion around, there’s not a quiet moment to enjoy a relaxing dink.

HAPPY HOURS: 3.30pm to 8pm.

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