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A stylish Japanese restaurant in the shadow of the Qutab Minar

Whether you want a spicy "Japanese curry", a Teppanyaki Grilled Chicken or a delicate Chawan-Mushi, it's all here.

Atmospherics: In a spacious heritage building with an immaculate lawn and a sprinkling of designer shops on the ground floor, En is pure zen with its plethora of rooms with as few tables as possible: here is one restaurant where you won’t feel crowded upon. There are three terraces, all with a view of Qutab Minar; the topmost has a cover charge. There is a Japanese chef and a few Indian ones. No prizes for guessing who cooks whose order! That apart, it is great that a restaurant caters to all segments of its clientele effortlessly.

Table Talk: Fish Calpaccio (sic) with Salad (Rs 1500) defines En: a stylish Japanese eatery with cooking processes and ingredients from elsewhere in the world, put together for a Japanese sensibility. The dressing had olive oil, vinegar and lemon juice in it, yet still managed to be overtly Japanese. Foie gras with Scallop (Rs 2000) was a development on the same theme: goose liver is hardly a Japanese ingredient but paired with the optimally cooked scallop it presented an oriental view of a French classic. Most of the cold appetizers left me just that – cold, but the Dashimaki (Japanese omelette with fish stock) for Rs 500 was an intensely savoury take on an uncomplicated omelette. All the hot appetizers, Maki Rolls and Teppanyaki are made for an audience who likes spicy, fried food, so if it is the classic taste of sushi you are after, order the Sashimi and Nigiri: eel, scallop, tuna, red snapper, yellowtail, squid and prawn. Our Teppanyaki Tuna Steak with teriyaki sauce (Rs 2,000) was sadly overcooked. On the other hand, if you do have a special request, it is the teppanyaki chef who is best placed to oblige you.

Plus and Minus: I didn't spot Chawan-Mushi on the menu, but was told that it is available. This ultra-light egg custard with chopped shiitake mushrooms and crab sticks swirled into it was pleasant enough, but not as good as it elsewhere in the NCR. En obviously has a list of items that are not on a printed menu. The desserts are all western-style and not Japanese enough.

Must Tries: Braised Pork Ribs, Tempura Udon, Seafood Tartar with Caviar

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Chi has three branches, and the space at each location is cheerful with their trademark straw lamps and red accents. There’s not a whit of pretentiousness anywhere in Chi, which is why the good dishes stand out as excellent. You don’t go to Chi for starters and main courses as much as their signature meals-in-a-bowl. Khousuey is representative of the cuisine at Chi. Meats, vegetables, gravy, noodles and seasonings, all in one bowl. Nasi Goreng may not have gravy element in it, but is considered a complete meal in itself. Rice Congee is the most soul-satisfying dish. It is filling, delicious and surprisingly inexpensive. Hunan Hot Pot, Stir-fried Chicken and Chicken Celery Dumpling are excellent and worth trying. The mixed seafood soup was a watered down affair though. Chi has several different varieties of rice ready, including sticky rice and brown rice. Chi offers chopsticks only on request.

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Buzz: 2.5/5 | Décor: 2/5

-By Deepali Gupta

Set on the ground floor of the popular Select Citywalk, Chi affords a wonderful view of the mall’s courtyard. Proper lighting and music create a perfect ambience. It is a favourite of the regulars who vouch of its food. The dim sums are a hit with guests. Try the Tom Yum Martini and Chi Mary cocktail or stick to the virgins with the safe Mojito. The exotic teas are a high point; drink them to the black bean sauce Khao Suey. They also stock vodkas, cognacs and whiskeys. Tequila Sunrise, Caprioska, Mojito, Bloody Mary and Flavoued Daiquiri are cocktails worth trying. Apple Exotica, Pineapple Moiquiri, Virgin Mojito, and Fruit Punch are good mocktails. For starters try Crispy Butter Garlic Prawn, Calamari with Crispy Basil Chilli and Crispy Fried Chicken with Burnt Chilli Good for an informal evening or afternoon out at the mall.rnHAPPY HOURS: 4pm to 8pm.

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