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Many surprises ahead! “Love Thai neighbour” is the tagline to Bandra’s latest Thai eatery and guess who says “Kap Kun Khap” (bon appetit)? The question is will you love Thai neighborhood, casual, modern eatery? Read on.

Decor

Here’s the next surprise. No ornate, Thai-themed décor, but an industrial look that is instantly weathered and utterly familiar. The 40-seater restaurant (an outdoor section too) is done up with exposed bricks, pipes lining the ceiling, wooden tables and colourful chairs.They love the “Tuk tuk mural” the New York inspired chique L.O.V.E bulb sign. Cool, relaxed and underground vibe which seems to be the signature of Ashish Sajnani and Juspreet Alhuwalia (of PDT and now Eat Thai.)

Food

Next surprise: here’s a Thai eatery whose menu tugs its focus onto its gluten free creations. Delicious gluten-free Yum Quinoa salad, crunchy with nuts is a case in point. Tangy young papaya salad, superbly rendered Lotus stem, fragrant Red curry and crunchy Spring rolls meet without approval. As does the gluten free Kanom Da (home styled Thai tea panna cotta.

Minus Point

Over cooked chicken wings, over fried lamb and tasteless prawns were our complaints. We also couldn’t understand why there was a Thai burger which was everything but Thai. The service is enthusiastic but can be a bit mixed up.

My Point

We’re happy that approachability and a relaxed casual air is the guiding ethos in this open through the day, modern Thai eatery. And also that the food is a delicately balanced mix of the authentic and modern. It’s not going to pitch or intoxicate you into any gastronomic stratospheres but it does celebrate the sweet heat of the region’s cooking. And you will love Thai neighbour.

**Critic reviews are anonymous and all bills are paid by them**

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BKC office buildings hug two of my favourite restaurants in their glass and steel embrace. Yauatcha and Masala Library. So when I heard that the swanky China1 has set up in BKC, I decided to drop by.

Décor

Walk into the swanky glass BKC building, past the gleaming new Theobroma. Push through the heavy wooden doors of China1. Be pleasantly surprised with the plush mélange of splendid Chinese and Oriental décor. Elaborate carved artefacts, dramatic lighting and an overall comfy air infuses the sprawling hall. So far so good.

Food

Our pure vegetarian soup kick-started our dinner on a happy note. It was fragrant and swimming with vegetables. The superlative silken tofu appetiser in black bean sauce had us delighted and the crackling spinach with its crunch and whisper of sweetness had us smiling too.

As did the plump, moist dim sum (both vegetarian and non-vegetarian good) and the tiny wobbly Oriental Mango pudding.

Minus Points

After that initial high came the downswing...gloopy, slushy Red snapper in Asian curry sauce, vegetables in black pepper sauce. Soggy prosperity noodles, tasteless diced chicken in homemade chilli sauce. Cheung fun unavailable. Thick-skinned chocolate spring rolls.

My Point

BKC’s new China1 serves up pleasant surroundings, a well-stocked bar and attentive service. China1’s food had more misses than hits (and some dishes are highly priced: Rs 395 for 3 non vegetarian dumplings). I took a vote: Would we go back? Not really.

**Critic reviews are anonymous and all bills are paid by them**

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