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Exploring an authentic Pan Asian fine dining menu isn’t the first thing we’d expect to find at a tiny, new-age take out in our vicinity, but it’s the undoubted highlight at Asia in Box! Hang on till you experience their professional handling of the orders on the phone, see their tangerine, see-through, neat packaging and systematic home delivery with right condiments, chopsticks, disposable cutlery, place mats et al. Asia in Box is a fresh east-meets-west venture concept that has already expanded to include two more branches in Rajarhat, New Town and Survey Park, Santoshpur.

DÉCOR

It is a much smaller space than we expect, nestled in the hubbub of the orthodox part of Hazra Road, the lit signage opens right onto a junction - giving a much welcome sense of light. The murals on the façade depict scenes from different parts of the Orient. The show-window glass wall opens into a small reception counter and waiting area. Beyond this our attention is totally diverted into the multi-folds of the artistic menu.

FOOD

Covering a large part of Oriental Asia - China, Japan, Korea, Tibet, Thailand and Mongolia – the menu is a well-researched blend. Our first learning is that the Asian Combo Lunch Box (Rs.225) conceptualized by the house chefs to cover all six countries everyday, is available only till 3.30pm. So we ramble on to discover all the cuisines on our own. We choose a Chinese Sichuan’s special Hot & Sour Chicken Soup (Rs.140) over our first choice Mongolian Lamb Hot Pot (Rs.325) turned down as not available, regular portions of Thai Glass Noodles Salad (Rs.195) and Crab Meat Egg Fried Rice (Rs.225), the Korean Sangeyopsal (Rs.495), an assorted Sushi Platter (Rs.495 for 12), a Mongolian Chicken Noodles in Hot Garlic Sauce (Rs.355) and a Thai Baked Coconut Custard (Rs. 215) – not available, yet again.

PLUS & MINUS

The Sichuan special soup soaks up the shreds of leafy veggies and stringy chicken to a thick texture with a hot and sour tang. The Thai salad is a biggish sharing portion served in foil to hold on the moisture – a well-tossed bundle of vermicelli noodles, with ribbons of vegetables – but lacks the spicy punch. The Sushi platter is an elegant offering of vegetables sticks, fresh prawns and salmon bits hand-rolled with zest, and served with soy, Wasabi and sugar coated ginger. The Mongolian wet noodles with vegetables and chicken is a tempting change. And the Thai style Fried Rice comes stuffed in a small bucket, streaked with spongy crab meat and eggs. Both worked fine with the pan seared pork slices whacked with Korean herb dust alright, but could have been better with a prominent garlicky lash.

Critic reviews are anonymous and all bills are paid by TimesCity.

Updated 23 minutes ago

  • Food
  • 60% Complete (success)
  • Service
  • 60% Complete (success)
  • Decor
  • 50% Complete (success)

Exploring an authentic Pan Asian fine dining menu isn’t the first thing we’d expect to find at a tiny, new-age take out in our vicinity, but it’s the undoubted highlight at Asia in Box! Hang on till you experience their professional handling of the orders on the phone, see their tangerine, see-through, neat packaging and systematic home delivery with right condiments, chopsticks, disposable cutlery, place mats et al. Asia in Box is a fresh east-meets-west venture concept that has already expanded to include two more branches in Rajarhat, New Town and Survey Park, Santoshpur.

DÉCOR

It is a much smaller space than we expect, nestled in the hubbub of the orthodox part of Hazra Road, the lit signage opens right onto a junction - giving a much welcome sense of light. The murals on the façade depict scenes from different parts of the Orient. The show-window glass wall opens into a small reception counter and waiting area. Beyond this our attention is totally diverted into the multi-folds of the artistic menu.

FOOD

Covering a large part of Oriental Asia - China, Japan, Korea, Tibet, Thailand and Mongolia – the menu is a well-researched blend. Our first learning is that the Asian Combo Lunch Box (Rs.225) conceptualized by the house chefs to cover all six countries everyday, is available only till 3.30pm. So we ramble on to discover all the cuisines on our own. We choose a Chinese Sichuan’s special Hot & Sour Chicken Soup (Rs.140) over our first choice Mongolian Lamb Hot Pot (Rs.325) turned down as not available, regular portions of Thai Glass Noodles Salad (Rs.195) and Crab Meat Egg Fried Rice (Rs.225), the Korean Sangeyopsal (Rs.495), an assorted Sushi Platter (Rs.495 for 12), a Mongolian Chicken Noodles in Hot Garlic Sauce (Rs.355) and a Thai Baked Coconut Custard (Rs. 215) – not available, yet again.

PLUS & MINUS

The Sichuan special soup soaks up the shreds of leafy veggies and stringy chicken to a thick texture with a hot and sour tang. The Thai salad is a biggish sharing portion served in foil to hold on the moisture – a well-tossed bundle of vermicelli noodles, with ribbons of vegetables – but lacks the spicy punch. The Sushi platter is an elegant offering of vegetables sticks, fresh prawns and salmon bits hand-rolled with zest, and served with soy, Wasabi and sugar coated ginger. The Mongolian wet noodles with vegetables and chicken is a tempting change. And the Thai style Fried Rice comes stuffed in a small bucket, streaked with spongy crab meat and eggs. Both worked fine with the pan seared pork slices whacked with Korean herb dust alright, but could have been better with a prominent garlicky lash.

Critic reviews are anonymous and all bills are paid by TimesCity.

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