Whenever one approaches Malcha Marg market, one confronts with Lotus Garden and Fujiya as they occupy the front rows. For Side Wok, one needs to take extra efforts in finding its location almost at the back of the sprawling market complex. As you locate the restaurant and climb a few stairs, you would enter its chic but understated interiors tastefully done with glass & wood. With an exposed brick finish on one side, the restaurant is divided into four sections around the stairwell by glass walls, which feign continuity. While the lighting was muted, the illumination was perfect for the interiors. And I immensely liked the crockery with Chinese motifs and designs.
I will have to limit my experience on food alone as we went for a ‘take away’ dinner this time for four. Our order for a portion of Mizutaki soup (Rs.355.00) for two was very much adequate even for four persons. The clear soup came with a balanced aroma & taste with diced vegetables, chicken and shrimp. In the main course, a portion of Hunan chicken (Rs.345.00) came in huge quantity and the dish was well prepared too. Our veg dishes of stir fried vegetables with basil (Thai) and Pakchoy with black mushroom in oyster sauce (Chinese), costing Rs.275.00 each were high on the aroma and had the right appeal to our palates. We had also ordered for two portions of veg hakka noodles (Rs.195.00 each), which could actually feed five. The light & easy dinner for four of us was billed at Rs.1888.00 - Side Wok allowed a discount of 10% on total food bill (gesture appreciated), VAT @ 12.5% and service tax @ 4.944% on (food + service charge). What really stumped me was adding the service charge @10% on the food bill as we hardly availed any services of the restaurant for a ‘take away’ dinner!
On the overall, a good experience…I’ll look forward to visiting them soon for more exotic items on the menu from Myanmar, Thailand and Indonesia…
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