Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Orient by the Bay
Review – Oriental Blossom
Taking it off from my last post on Royal China, I bring to you yet another Chinese restaurant that is famous among Mumbai’s Chinese aficionados. Tucked in the corner of Hotel Marine Plaza, Oriental Blossom serves up some authentic Schezwan and Cantonese fair.
The brightly lit interiors of Oriental Blossom are quite a contrast to most Chinese restaurants which are pretty dimly lit. Classic case of this is Lings Pavilion in Colaba, sometimes you cant see what your eating over here. But Oriental Blossom is well lit up with walls in earthy colours and bright glass windows that give you perfect view of the Arabian Sea. Quite a delight during the monsoons.
The menu is pretty exhaustive with as I mentioned earlier Schezwan and Cantonese fair.
We opt for the Hot Sour Chicken Soup which is quite delicious, peppery and soothing during this cold weather. The Chicken Wanton Soup too is brilliant – a clear broth with dumplings and pakchoy, we requested for some Mushrooms too in it and it was served to perfection.
In the starters we had the Spicy Prawns tossed with Chilli Garlic & topped with Crispy Wantons – which was prawns stir-fried in spices and encrusted with sesame seeds. In one word ‘Delectable’. Our next appetizer Cubes of Chicken Tossed with Schezwan Peppers – a piquant dish with chicken pieces tossed in loads for red chilli.
For the main course we have the Red Cooked Chicken – again a fiery gravy (by now there is smoke blowing out of our noses) with chicken juliennes, finely sliced ginger and peppers. Accompanied with their Veg Fried Rice, the combination was brilliant. The Pan Fried Noodles tossed in vegetables was also brilliant.
Besides the a la carte they also have a dimsum set menu over the weekends which also a great option.
An average meal for two would Rs 800 – 1000 per head
Quicktip: If you have already exhausted all you options of Chinese in town, Oriental Blossom is worth a try. Go book yourself a window seat and enjoy the rains, the scenery and the fiery fare
Oriental Blossom, 1st level of Hotel Marine Plaza, 29, Marine Drive, Nariman Point , Mumbai
Timing: 1230 – 1445 (Lunch) 1930 – 2345 (Dinner)
Food Type: Chinese – Cantonese & Schezwan
Payment Methods: Credit Cards Accepted