Hyatt Regency’s specialty restaurant, The China Kitchen has been celebrating its fifth anniversary with a month long promotion. If you hurry, you may still have a chance to participate in its lucky draw – the results will be announced on 26 August – and win a long weekend stay at the Grand Hyatt in Beijing in a Grand Suite, inclusive of air fare.
But the chance of winning a free trip to Beijing is not the only reason to visit The China Kitchen. The food, the ambience, the service are a great draw whether it’s a restaurant promotion or a personal milestone. Or just a mid-week treat with a bottle of fine wine.
On the night we dined there, the restaurant was buzzing. Tables filled up almost as soon as they were vacated. While waiting to be seated and sipping a Concho y Toro Chardonnay at the bar, we studied the Dim Sum menu, singled out some favourites and noted several new items.
The well-stocked bar (pictured, left), with seating at high tables as well as banquettes, does double duty as a place to wait while your table is being readied. An attractive wine wall – always a pleasing sight – simultaneously displays a fine selection of wine while providing ideal, temperature-controlled conditions for storing it.
Chef Lau Cho Keung, who was visiting from Hong Kong to launch China Kitchen’s anniversary celebrations, has done a wonderful job of the restaurant’s dim sum menu – successfully tempting old-timers away from tried and tested favourites to sample the new items on offer. Indeed, one could easily make a meal of the dim sum dishes alone.
Inspired by “Made In China” restaurant in the Grand Hyatt Hotel Beijing, China Kitchen is designed around an open kitchen, with a Peking Duck station, separate sections for dumplings and noodles, steam and wok cooking and a dessert section.
China Kitchen has an open feel about it and yet there’s an air of intimacy. You can be as private as you want to be. Plate glass separates the central kitchen from the diners so you can see what’s going on and feel a part of it without any of the noise and smells that pervade a busy kitchen. The idea may be to convey an impression of “eating in the kitchen” but your actual experience betters that.
The menu offers ample choice to please the most discerning palates. Peking Roast Duck, one of their signature dishes was brought to our table whole – gleaming, golden brown. The chef proceeded to slice it and wrapped it in the thinnest and lightest rice pancake with cucumber and spring onion juliennes and hoisin sauce before presenting it to us.
Other dishes worth a mention include Sizzling sea bass fillet, Stir fried tenderloin, Cantonese style prawn “siew mai” and Crispy chicken with fried chili and green onion. Among the vegetables look out for Crunchy ten treasures vegetable salad, Steamed Spinach with mustard-sesame sauce and Wok-tossed asparagus, pokchoi, and snow peas with mild garlic sauce. This is contemporary Chinese cuisine at its delicious best.
– Team Sommelier India
For more information, call +91 11 6677 1334. The China Kitchen is open daily for lunch from 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm and for dinner from 7:00 pm to 11:30 pm.