My 50th Blog already and it looks like i found my new favorite place for Chinese food in Kurla. King Chili is a small restaurant serving delicious Asian fare located on the ever busy Kalina-Kurla road. After visiting the other King Chili a few meters away, this place was next on my list and long due. It was totally worth the wait.
Speaking of waiting, I visited this restaurant last Sunday for Dinner with my brother, and we had to wait about 10 minutes before we got our table. Again it was worth the wait, the ambiance is beautiful with its dim lighting and framed traditional artwork hanging on the wall. The restaurant is quite small and tough i wish there was more space between tables, it didn’t matter as the vibrant atmosphere and friendly staff took my mind away from it.
We began with an all time favorite Kung Pao Potatoes for starters and just like other restaurants, the dish here was amazing as well. A must try dish at any Asian Restaurant. What made it extra special is the Caramelized Onion Chutney that they serve here, the bitter sweet taste of the Onions perfectly compliments the sweet, sour and spicy Kung Pao flavor.
Quite impressed with first dish we decided to try out something more adventurous and ordered Wasabi Mayo Prawns and Chicken with Crackling Spinach. Both of the dishes were mindbogglingly delicious and packed with combinations of flavors and textures that I have never tasted before. The Crackling Spinach as the name suggests is made up of Finely Shredded Spinach Leaves that a Fried till Crisp and served with Spicy Chunks of Chicken, Spinach never tasted so delicious and the combination of Soft and Tender Chicken with Crisp Crackling Spinach was simply amazing. The Wasabi Mayo Prawns was even better and the best dish of the day. The Prawns were coated with Mayo and then deep fried which gave it a Crisp Mayo Shell and then finished of with a drizzle of Wasabi Sauce. Sweet and Savory taste with a kick of Wasabi in the end. Perfect!
For main course we had Pan Fried Noodles with Hunan Sauce and Seafood toppings. Another great dish, large portion, good enough for two. I loved the combination of crispy fried and soft boiled noodles. Also the seafood toppings were delicious, though it could have been more fresh. And just like the other King Chili restaurant few blocks away, the difference between veg, chicken and seafood variants is just 5-10 rupees and not exponential like many other restaurants where the prices just multiply.
Overall we had an amazing time, the atmosphere here is excellent with most of diners consisting the North Eastern Community that resides in this part of Kalina and the impeccable manners of the staff that could compete with most of the fine dine restaurants that I have been to. Strongly Recommended and Worth Visiting.
Location : Gabriel House, Kalina – Kurla Road, Santacruz East
Cuisine : Chinese, Thai and Asian
Cost for 2 : Rs.600 (approx)