During our stay at The Suryaa Hotel, New Delhi, we got a chance to taste the new menu of Sampan, the pan asian restaurant. Oh how I love the food there, super delicious, with a beautiful view of the city. The Suryaa Team made my day by customizing the menu for me. I have visited Sampan before also, sometime last year and the experience was stellar. You can read that post HERE
Interiors of Sampan are classy and comfortable. Restaurant is quite spacious with a live kitchen and bar area. Its on the top of the hotel, offering a beautiful view of the city, if you plan to go there for the view, go in the night.
We started the dinner with mocktails and a glass of wine. Mocktail was watermelon juice based and tasted refreshing & delightful ! It worked as an amazing palate cleanser as well.
This was the menu –
They serve rice & prawn crackers to munch on till you decide on the dishes to order. Both are served with kimchi.
For my daughter they served Crispy fried chicken, which was super juicy and tender from inside with a crisp coat outside.
Our dinner started with Cheung Fan which is steamed rice paper roll with Asian vegetables scented with Soya & ginger. How I loved the melt-in-your-mouth rice paper roll, with tangy & spicy sauce. It was one of my favorite starters that day.
Whole wheat flour steamed chicken dumplings with shallots coriander & ginger. Loved the twist and use of whole wheat flour, stuffing inside was delicious.
Three Treasure Vegetables
Honey glazed lotus stem, baby corn & water chestnuts. Everything in this dish was super crispy, it had sweetness coming from honey with subtle spicy flavours.
Crunchy Spinach & Corn
My husband’s absolute favourite. It maybe the simplest dish on the menu, with corn & spinach fried, but the crunchiness of spinach combined with sweetness of corn makes it one of the best starters.
Chilli Mountain Chicken
Its Sampan’s master chef’s speciality. Crispy chicken was tossed with pepper and sesame seeds, aromatized with chinese wine. True to its name it was quite hot ! Chicken was crunchy and juicy.
Thai Crispy Fried Fish
Spicy fish with chilli, tamarind & sweet basil. Not my favorite from the menu. I somehow didn’t like the after taste.
We were so stufed by the time they were done with serving the starters that we couldn’t eat much in the main course. We decided to go for Tofu & Vegetable Clay pot with Burnt Garlic Fried Rice. Tofu dish had subtle flavours and rice was flavourful.
In desserts we had Chocolate Lava Cake with Ice Cream, if you love the sight of chocolate oozing out of choclate cake, then this would be an absolute delight for you !
If you love Pan Asian Cuisine, I will highly recommend trying out Sampan. The city view it offers from the top, along with the super staff service of the humble staff will make your dinner one of the memorable ones.
*Food was complimentary in exchange for an honest review.