Friday, October 2, 2015

Return of the Nobles ‘Noble House’ @ WOKS, the Lalit New Delhi

Do you remember the ‘Noble House’ which was quite an icon by itself for one of the best Chinese food in its heydays?  In fact had even won many accolades and was installed by the then Ambassador of Singapore in 1989, saw who’s who and expats from all around the globe. So when I got an invitation to get nostalgic at The Lalit as it brings back the legend back at its restaurant ‘ Woks’ by offering the dishes from the Menu of Noble House….obviously I couldn’t resist as I remember going there many a times with my parents. 
To begin with as part of the ‘return of the Noble House experience’ the Chinese influence is reflected with the five Nobles Fu (for prosperity), Lu (for wealth), Shou (for Health), Sui Sing (for Long Life) and Mei Lei (Lord Buddha for Eternal Bliss) that are placed in Woks to add to the ambience, which anyways gives a remarkable view of the city from the 28th Floor.
Chinese Teas here are a must try and my vote goes all out for ‘Long Jing’, which is supposed to be the best tea of Mainland China, famous for its sweet taste and Florid nose. Coming to the food, the chef concentrates on a menu (the star dishes from Noble House) that retains the Chinese authenticity and caters to the Indian palette; the ambience reproduces the authenticity of the ‘Noble House’ experience reflected in the cuisine at the restaurant.
To start with the ‘onion cake’ is highly recommended – decadent to the core. The Dim Sums here are a must try, they are a good representation of the quality that the kitchen upkeeps. Most dim sum dishes indeed revolve around the usual ingredients - pork and seafood, especially prawns, however it is the creative use of these ingredients by the chef and his team that lends the element of surprise, breaks the taste and beckons you to try more. The menu also includes the old time favourites like ‘chilli chicken’ and ‘Manchurian’ (my mother loved her Manchurian with Hakka noodles). 
The menu has it all, from the Signature Noble House Steam Boat Soup to sumptuous Dragon Boat Dim Sum Platter, Cauliflower in Garlic Butter Sauce and desserts like Date Pancakes with Ice Cream and Creme Caramel. So if you want to bring back memories….a visit is a must for ‘old times sake’!

The Noble House menu is on from 24th Sep’ 15 to 24th Oct’ 15
Timings: Lunch- 12noon to 3:30pm / Dinner- 7pm to 11:30pm
Where? WOKS, 28th Floor, The Lalit New Delhi