A nice sunny afternoon, while the winter decides to linger on, and a company of great friends, demands that we check out a place for lunch, that will have a terrace attached to it, and serve some comfort food, so Me, Maninder and Avijit (A friend of mine) head over to the Saket Select City Walk to go get some Chinese Food in our tummies and a lot of sun on their Deck, called the Joy Luck Sky. The Restaurant can get a mixed reaction depending on what kind of a mood you are in, when you look at the main door, you feel that they could have done a bit better with the board, but then we had heard from our wives, and their kitty friends, that the food here is comfort food, something that you wont’ really call specially chinese, but food that appeals to you, so we were all game, sadly we had a pressing meeting to attend (Avijit and I) after the lunch, so we had to refrain from getting some cold beers, but the weather was perfect for it.
Our lunch usually starts with a Customary tour of the Kitchen, and meeting the staff, the staff was very pleasant and nice to speak to. We also learnt that the chefs here had their own innovations on a few things, and this was something that only lunch would tell us after we sat down for photos, what was amazing that each of us was carrying our huge equipment, to ensure we got some good pics, and the photos you see inline are by Avijit (remember all these shots are Straight out of the Camera, and not edited for making them look good). Anyway, back to the Food review.
The Terrace is nice, and more suitable for a dinner party than a lunch, there was some construction going on, and the maintenance activity can really drive you to the edge with the drill machines and the saws in the background, but then these are things that the restaurant owner cant really control. We figured out in 30 minutes of being there, that this was a big Kitty Party destination, we had about 4 groups of Ladies Kitties happening on the terrace and every one there to eat some comfort chinese food. We decided to start out with a Soup, Avijit was on a Low Carb Diet, and decided to have a Dragon Soup with Prawns, which was supposed to be a clear soup as described by our waiter, but my soup the Kway Thai Noodle Soup with Prawns turned out to be a clear soup. The Soup was delictably flavoured, and had Aniseed in it, the first time I have seen a full Aniseed in a Soup. Avijit’s Soup was passable, but the Kway Thai Noodle Soup was a nice refreshing taste. I especially loved the colors on the soup. Maninder ordered himself a Pinang Laksa, which the Chef said he had done a personal take on, and the Laksa turned out nice, though in the photo it may look like a Red Thai Curry, but the soup was nice, though a bit excess on the coconut milk, which Maninder did like.
Following our Soup, we decided to order two starters, and on the Menu as per the recommendations were a Thai Crispy Fish and Black Pepper Sliced Chicken. The Scheswan Chili Fish was perfectly fried and crisp, was dipped in Chicken Mae Pranom Sauce (The Rooster Sauce as you would commonly call it) and had a very comforting taste. Though the Black Pepper Sliced Chicken was a Very Punjabi Tasting chicken, and the Chicken was Too chunky for our taste. I personally loved the Nut sauce that came with the Crispy Fish, though was surprised that all through our meal by now, we did not get any Kimchi, and was assuming that all Delhi Chinese Restaurants now serve Kimchi as a Standard fare.
Our main course consisted of a Diced Chicken with Wine Sauce, and a Szechwan Chili Fish. We paired this with Vietnamese Net Rolls with Prawns in it (though we had asked for Dimsums and got served the rolls), and Singapore Mai Fun Rice Noodles. The Vietnamese Net Rolls we expected would have been Spring Rolls Vietnamese style, the ones made with Rice paper sheets, but we were surprised to find a Deep fried nest, that had a Prawn in it. The chef chose to garnish these with Condensed Milk, and it added to the Flavor. 4 Pieces on the Plate vanished soon enough, but the Condensed Milk with Prawn I must say was a nice new experience. The Rice Noodles were made perfectly, and if you have never had Mai Fun Rice Noodles you should go ahead and try these out. The Noodles were paired well both the dishes, and tasted well, though for me the first taste was having Vermicelli, but I ended up being game to order Mai Fun at another one of our lunches.
The Szechwan Chili Fish was not spicy or strong in flavor, what you would expect from a Szechwan style fish, but was acceptable. The Wine Chicken was nicely done, but the pieces of Chicken again were a bit chunky and thinner slices or smaller pieces would have been much more welcome.
Service is a bit slow, so ensure you have time on your hand, if you want to grab your meal in a hurry, this is not the place to do that. Though staff is very attentive and friendly, they are a bit confused on their recommendations. All of us were a bit turned off with the Quality of Chopsticks used. I know restaurants in the up market areas want to use chopsticks that are of quality and would not want to use disposable ones, but having Chopsticks where you can see the paint washed off is one of the worst sights a guest can face.
We wrapped up our Lunch with a Darsaan, and this was made nicely, though the Server and the Menu both suggested a hint of coconut, but we found it missing, I think Cocunut would just enhance the flavor of this desert, but yes, it was made well.
The mall culture has brought about 3 different revolutions, one major factor is the food court, and the other is speciality restaurants, across malls that welcome both the spenders as well as food connoisseurs and then there are places like Joy Luck Moon, that serve Comfort Food, but may not make you one of the regulars there, the food here in no manner was bad, but at the prices (Rs. 3000 for a lunch without drinks for 3 people, after a 20% Discount) is a hefty price to pay for average food. The Punjabi Influence on the Comforting Chinese Food is out there every where and Joy Luck Moon is one of them, but in case you are at the Saket Select City Walk, and want to step out on the deck to enjoy some sun and comfort food, check out Joy Luck Moon, but if you are looking at impressing the friends you called out for a Meal, check into another place, and Give Joy Luck a Pass.
Following are the Pictures from My Flickr Pool of the Visit to Joy Luck Moon
Credits: All in Line Photos by Avijit Guha,