The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one’s own country as a foreign land.” – G.K. Chesterton

Monday, 28 February 2011

Delicious Indian @ The Delhi Club, Hong Kong

When we first visited Hong Kong on our honeymoon more than six years ago, I remember being surprised seeing so many Indian people around. Especially in Tsim Sha Tsui over on Kowloon side (aka the dark side), the shopping streets teem with Indian hawkers trying to sell their products to tourists (mostly tailoring services and fake branded goods). The hawking can be annoying, especially if you are obviously a foreigner in appearance, but the large population of Indians in one area also mean that good, authentic Indian food can be found quite easily. The Delhi Club in the infamous Chungking Mansions is said to be the first Indian restaurant to ever open in that building, and there can only be one reason why it is still running more than 30 years later: delicious Indian food. Its location on the 3rd floor of the Block C can be a little difficult to find, and even walking through the ground floor level to get to the elevator can be a bit unnerving with Indian men crowding in on you at all sides trying to get you to buy their products or go to their restaurant. (I once walked through the ground floor of Chungking on my own last month in search for an Indian grocery store to buy some spices, and I still have yet to muster up the courage to go there on my own again.) The place is also not very pram-friendly, and waiting for the elevators can take awhile. However, these negative points are not a representative of the restaurant, because we had a great lunch at The Delhi Club. The food is freshly prepared (i.e. no pre-cooked overnight dishes that is re-heated), and quite affordably priced. The owner is an amicable guy, and service is not too shabby. We kept things simple and ordered a couple of dishes to get an idea of how the food is, and we were pretty pleased with the food. Rob's only complaint was the lack of dessert.

A glass of delicious Mango Lassi that the 2 year old couldn't get enough of:

Tasty Mutton Saag, with tender chunks of mutton meat and a moderately spicy sauce:

An order of piping hot Wholewheat Pratha to soak up the saag sauce:

A favourite dish to order at Indian restaurants - Chicken Biryani. The lightly spiced saffron basmati rice with chicken thigh pieces and boiled egg was a winner:

It had been 5 months since I was last at an Indian restaurant (back in Tokyo), and this meal really hit the spot.

The Delhi Club
3rd Floor, Block C, Chungking Mansions
38-44 Nathan Road
Tsim Sha Tsui
Tel. +85 2 2368 1682


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