Having known Saurabh Khanijo since he opened Delhi’s first OrientAl lounge bar in 2005 – ‘The Kylin Experience’, I meet him after very long. He has come a long way as a restaurateur, opened 11 Kylin properties in the country, changed the way people look at food, but do a few things change? No! He retains his gentleman demeanor, convivial chivalry and his understated swag is just so impressive, still. His arcane jokes add to the chucklesome conversation that only a few, who know him, can interpret. He is generous and takes pleasure to host you, personally.
As I get invited for dinner at the gorgeous Kylin Premier & Sky-bar at Ambience Mall, Vasant Kunj, I reach on time, bright-eyed, obviously, to meet the maverick. The restaurant exudes nonpareil class and top-tier éclat. Reflecting the Oriental feel, the dining area is done up in incandescent discreet cantaloupe. Comfort and warmth permeates through the wooden seating and élan reflects in the dazzling cutlery.
But, we chose the Sky-bar in lieu of the fine-dining – for reasons perceptible. To wallow in the nippy weather, the ambrosial setup was favored. A romantic vibe envelops this terrace-dining especially in winters. It’s beautiful to luxuriate in the winter-sun at Sky-bar in all it’s bounty. A beautiful corner garden adorns the terrace that Saurabh himself has, painstakingly, decorated.
A cozy sundowner with a crafted menu, is an idea all would willingly submit to. After all, who gets to soak up the sun, audaciously in such magnanimity, specially in the grid-locked, Vasant Vihar. From noodles counter, to Wok station, Teppanyaki, Salad, Dimsums bar and Barbecue, you will spoilt for choice. The Sundowner Sunday is a specially curated package, priced at 995, with unlimited beer and barbecue offerings. It encapsulates 5 veg and 5 non-veg starters. Now with an enticing offer like that, I am sure the food savants and the gastronomes wouldn’t want to miss out an afternoon, in swish comfort.
Let me tell you, they serve some really good concoctions for cocktail lovers and have a fine selection of wines to pick from, for the connoisseurs.
The food is fine and befitting the standards of the ‘Premier’. The Dimsums and the sushi platters are to die for, something Kylin is even synonymous with. The Chicken char Sui Dimsums are succulent and tears off at the outside, most effortlessly, which I love. Served with four dips, you could have a different flavor in each bite. You have an array to choose from. The chicken starters are scrumptious too. Teppan Grilled Chicken in black bean and rock salt is delicious. You’d have a new thing to try out each time you make a visit as the menu is lavish, exciting and extensive.
For people, who like to keep the main course ickle, after sumptuous indulgence while drinking, the Restaurant serves bowl meals – the green Thai curry with sticky rice is delectable. Just so balanced and beautiful. Even the vegetarians wouldn’t go disappointed as there is a wide variety waiting to be savored.
Casa: T-302, 3rd Floor, Ambience Mall, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi