To go Chinese Specialty Restaurant for a 4 Star Hotel is a risky business, especially in a place like Gurgaon where all restaurants of kind are shouting “authentic” from their rooftops. So I treated the invitation to Oriental Blossom at Optus Sarovar Premiere, Gurgaon with a bit of disdain – No, Pawan Soni not another Chinese restaurant. But since it had to be done, it had to be done.
As we entered the brightly lit hotel, my hopes levelled a bit from negative. The entrance to the restaurant was towards the left of the main entrance and the enchanting charm of Oriental Styled interiors made me think – Not bad, not bad at all. Buddha statues, Red Lanterns, Huge Chinese Chandeliers – everything was natty and in place. We were told that Nitin Kapoor, the F&B Manager was busy, and to welcome us to the table was Chef Prasenjit Majumdar who sat with us patiently and answered all our questions patiently.
Chef Majumdar explained that the new menu at Oriental Blossom was created to cater to all kinds of palates Indians have, so the ensemble covered all four regions from China – Schezwan, Shanghai, Cantonese and Beijing. Since we had a lot to sample we requested him to keep the portions of the planned culinary journey small. Pawan also suggested aptly that we went from low spice gradient to high to keep our palate uncluttered. As we spoke we were served Jasmine Tea and Pickled Carrots & Cucumbers.
Chef’s service started with a fabulous duo of Chicken Glass Noodle Soup and Three Treasures Vegetable Soup. Light soups that kept us bright. Next round of dumplings consisted of Chicken Coriander Dumplings & Pok Choi Spinach Dumplings and were served with three different kinds of dips. I found a weakness for chicken coriander dumplings and also ended up appreciating Chicken Sui Mai that were served a bit later.
The Peking Sole with Golden Garlic & Peppery Hot Prawns were perfectly done & to die for. Further in seafood, Chef Majumdar presented Tiger Prawns with Vegetables in Crab Meat Sauce & Fried Fish with Burnt Garlic & Greens. Both preparations were spectacular again. We were joined by Abhishek Pasricha, General Manager of the hotel who joined us and doubly ensured that we were having a great time. The hotel was out there to spoil us outright. How much more could we eat and requested for a break before the real meats came in.
Moving towards heavier courses, a Pork classic, Mapu Tofu was plated. This was perhaps the only dish about which I didn’t think about much even though I love pork. Maybe it was the tofu which had a conflicting flavour. Subsequently served were Beijing Lamb & Shredded Tenderloin with Sautéed Pepper in Oyster Sauce which were full flavoured and unstoppable. To accompany all these there was Wok Tossed Noodles with Garlic & Cheng Tu Fried Rice on the table.
To complete the meal, a platter of Date-Raisin Pancakes & Flat Noodles with Orange Reduction was served with Vanilla Ice Cream. This was a perfect closure to the evening of culinary gradient from the Orient.
To Sum-It-Up: We experienced 17 dishes from 4 different regions of China in all. More one eats, higher the probabilities of finding flaws. Not here. All dishes were top notch and value for money to dine in a Star environment. The Oriental Blossom is definitely recommended.
Ratings out of 5
Food: 4.5 | Ambiance: 4.0 | Service: 4.5 | Overall: 4.5
Meal for Two: Rs 2500 | Alcohol: Yes | Credit Card: Yes
Address: Oriental Blossom, Optus Sarovar Premiere, 43-47, Sector-29, City Centre, Gurgaon | Phone: 0124-4887777