Blue Ginger, Taj Palace Hotel
Sardar Patel Marg, New Delhi 110021, Tel: 26110202
Meal for two (including alcohol, dessert and appetizers): Rs. 4,500
Once upon a time, there was a Chinese restaurant by the name of Teahouse of the August Moon at the Taj Palace Hotel in New Delhi. Lovely name but someone should have told the management that the Marlon Brando movie that gave the place its name was all about Japan, not China. It was never a great place to eat and a bit kitschy. The Taj people have now wisely converted it into a spanking new Vietnamese restaurant.
Vietnamese cuisine is, largely, a happy mix of Chinese, Thai and French, chopsticks, chillies and bread! If you like any of these three great cuisines, you will like Blue Ginger. The kitchen makes great use of herbs like lemongrass, lime leaves, and basil. This being India, vegetarians will find a greater choice here than in Hanoi. Among the starters, the soft shell crabs with spicy plum sauce and the grilled scallops were spectacular. As for the main course, I liked the stir-fried prawns in tamarind sauce and beef in pepper sauce. Forget the rice; choose one or two of the noodles. I cannot comment on the various items that come on sticks. When I am paying this kind of money, I do not like chewing off a stick.