Lunch at Ging, Royal Orchid

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Perched high above the city, Ging in Royal Orchid (behind Manipal Centre in Dickenson Road) is the hottest new place in town.

Coming in place of the old and much-loved Paparazzi restaurant, Ging (pronounced Jing) offers panoramic views of the city, an outdoor dining and lounge area, and a spacious indoor dining area as well.

When I walked into the place, I was blown away by the decor – the high ceilings, the huge windows, it was just a delight to my senses.

Ging is a pan-Asian restaurant serving Thai, Japanese, and Chinese food. Pan-Asian is generally my favorite cuisine, so I was really looking forward to a lovely meal.

And Ging did not disappoint.

The dimsums

We tried a variety of dimsums.

Colorful dimsums

Colorful dimsums

The colors of the dimsums were unique and so was the taste.

I tried the vegetable crystal dumpling, and it was delicious. Very light and delicious, with very subtle flavors, and not at all spicy. It’s also gluten-free so if you have any gluten intolerance, try the veg crystal dumpling. The red dumplings in the above photo are the spicy prawn har gau, and they definitely looked interesting. They are however not as spicy as they look. The non-vegetarians in the group also loved the chicken and coriander dumplings, which are also pretty colorful.

The appetizers

After the dumplings, comes the best dish of the meal (in my opinion) – turnip cake.

Turnip cake

Turnip cake

I was prepared to turn up my nose at this one. I am not very fond of turnip. However, this dish was exquisite. I loved every bite of it. Highly recommend you try this dish.

Another dish that I was surprised by was the vegetable lettuce wrap.

The veg lettuce wrap

The veg lettuce wrap

This dish was a bit tricky to eat. You need to place the noodles (which looked and tasted very much like a South Indian sevai) on to the lettuce wrap, and then add the veg gravy on top and then eat it. A bit cumbersome, yes, but once it went into my mouth, I didn’t mind the messiness at all. Btw, this was messy only because I was sharing the dish with 3-4 others. If the entire dish was for me, there would have been absolutely no issue at all.

The non-vegetarians enjoyed a crispy fish dish with breadcrumbs.

Crispy fish

Crispy fish

Throughout our meal there was plenty of hot tea on offer (very welcome on a cold day). A few of us also tried some mocktails.

Mona Lisa's Tears

Mona Lisa’s Tears

I thought a drink named Mona Lisa’s tears was very intriguing, and tried that one.This is a combination of mango, pineapple, and watermelon with some banana syrup, and was perfectly pleasing to my sweet tooth 🙂 .

The Main Course

Since I am vegetarian, I played it safe with a bowl of veg hakka noodles and a mushroom hibachi rice. Both the dishes are excellent basics. When mixed with the interesting side-dishes, the results were sublime.

The veg hakka noodles

The veg hakka noodles

The non-vegetarians paired the rice and noodles with a delicious looking sea bass, and a pumpkin prawn dish.

Hot pot sea bass

Hot pot sea bass

Golden pumpkin prawns

Golden pumpkin prawns

The Dessert

In most pan-asian places, the dessert is a letdown. It’s usually either a honey noodles or date pancakes. Thankfully, Ging was different. They had mochis on the menu. This beautifully crafted dessert is made of ice cream scoops wrapped in Japanese rice paste, and there’s a range of seasonal fruit flavors to choose from.

Exquisite mochi

Exquisite mochi

An even more surprising dish on the menu was the crème brûlée. This was the ultimate dish for me and was the perfect ending to a generally good lunch.

The crème brûlée

The crème brûlée

Details

Phone: 022 6137 8080 / 080 49653042
Address: Royal Orchid Central, Level 10 (City View), Manipal Centre, Cubbon Road, Off MG Road, Bangalore, Karnataka 560042
Meals for two: Rs. 2000/- approx
Cuisine: Asian, Chinese
Facilities: Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar Available, Valet Parking Available, Live Sports Screening, Brunch

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