Had the opportunity to try out the brand new HaoChi at The Sun n Sand with Chef Mehrishi and two celebs, the god of all digital things @anaggh and long distance runner/ magazine publisher @girishmallya
Hao Chi is a dimly lit but comfortable space, not overtly Asian or European, it straddles a comfortable area between the two and serves contemporary Chinese. There is an extensive tea menu which is du jour for a new Chinese restaurant nowadays.
Jasmine Tea, delicious, delicate, fresh.
the crystal dumplings were a good start for the meal.
Tofu in garlic and spicy salt, enjoyed it, ingredients worked together quite well.
the Lotus Root was a surprising dish and one i wouldn't order ordinarily. but fortunately we got a chance to taste it because it was terrific. star dish in my opinion. Its theoretically like a stir fried starter but it was pretty good
'The pan fried vegetable dumpling was pretty good but a tad on the spicy side.
the veg special soup was not very special and rather bland.
the butter fried rice was interesting, not a dish i have had before and enjoyed immensely. very different and slightly weird but in a good way.
asparagus in ginger and spring onion was the entree, not bad but not memorable.
the orange creme brulee was terrific. absolutely loved it and hated sharing it.
Overall, i like the space and i think for someone who loves Chinese food its an interesting place to try, i didnt get far enough into the menu to ascertain how contemporary it really is but they are quite serious about not going to the Indo-Chinese route. From what i tasted, i think it walks the talk but in the end all that matters was that the food tastes good.
A fine afternoon well spent. No complaints.