Empress of China Review: The One Way Ticket to Heavenly Chinese Food

Vegetable dim sums, Chilean fish and chilly chicken at Empress of China are the three things you must try. Run by Eros Hotel, Nehru Place, the restaurant's menu is influenced by provinces -Szechuan, Yunnan, and Hunan.

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Ever since I had contracted coronavirus, my smell and taste became my enemies. I started hating my favourite meals because I could not detect the familiar taste and flavours. In the middle of Covid, I craved a lot for authentic Chinese food like almost every day. When the restaurants re-opened after the second wave, the first thing I planned was to book a table at Eros Hotel's authentic Chinese luxury restaurant Empress of China, which is located in the heart of South Delhi. As soon as I entered the dining area, I was awestruck by beautiful chandeliers & traditional artworks with wooden furniture that gave Asian-oriental aura a modern touch. It was my first time here and had mixed feelings about whether they'll be able to satisfy my taste buds or not as the menu is influenced by provinces -Szechuan, Yunnan, and Hunan.

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I opted for a three-course meal, skipping the complimentary breadsticks. Prepared by Master Chef Tenzin Losel along with his team, chicken siu mai (chicken momos), Lohan vegetable dim sum (veg momos), spring rolls dipped in sweet chilli sauce and butter chilli prawns were the starters. The veg dim sums were placed on soy sauce, tempered with Szechuan pepper and dry red chillies. The dumplings were aesthetically curved and had a very satisfying filling inside. I am a chicken eater but loved veg filling more. The crystal dumplings had corns that gave an unexpected juicy burst of flavour which I adore. The butter chilli prawns had a balance of garlic, chilli, paprika and butter. It was well cooked and had a slight golden colour that means it wasn't overcooked.

Chicken Siu Mai and Lohan Vegetable Dim Sum With Chilli Soy at Empress of China (L-R) | Photo clicked by Kritika Vaid

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Being a big-time fish eater, I picked steamed Chilean sea bass first from the mains and had it with hakka noodle and tomato-pineapple fried rice. The chef made an impression with the right kind of flavours in the gravy. Chilean fish is so soft and has a flaky texture when cooked properly. It just needs minimal seasoning. The one I had at the restaurant was steamed and unusually delicious - something I'll come back for. The night of indulgence continued with clay pot chicken in spicy garlic sauce - basically, chilli chicken. It was different, crunchy, yummy, and my heart wanted more as the stomach said no!

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Steamed Chilean Sea Bass and Tomato-Pineapple Fried Rice at Empress of China (L-R) | Photo clicked by Kritika Vaid

You're also spoilt for choice in terms of beverages. One can buy a bottle from the shelf, or take a glass from the cocktail menu. I ordered a glass of sparkling white wine and it just complimented the strong seasonings in Chinese food including ginger, garlic, and soy sauce.

I ended my meal on a sweet note with steamed chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream. It brought a great end to my lavish meal.

Verdict:

Empress of China is a fine-dining Chinese restaurant. The menu is extensive with a large variety of unusual Chinese items that include duck, tofu, and crabs. One can pay this authentic Chinese luxury restaurant a visit. Located inside Eros Hotel, the 5-star hotel provides accommodation and is near Lotus Temple and Kalkaji Temple. The nearest metro station to reach the hotel is Nehru Place (violet line) / Nehru Enclave (magenta line).

Stars: 4/5

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Published Date:September 21, 2021 11:58 AM IST

Updated Date:September 21, 2021 12:45 PM IST

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