Saturday, July 23, 2011

My Humble House

Appetizer trio at My Humble House DelhiITC Hotels have differentiated themselves from other luxury hotel chains in India by putting dining experiences front and center in their properties. Few other hotel chains put so much thought into food - you can see this in their branded restaurants and their thoughtfully presented room service menu. They even have an eye-catching and informative magazine for their guests called WelcomZest that provides a deeper insight into the food served in their restaurants.

My Humble House at ITC's prestigious Maurya Hotel in New Delhi
offers modern Chinese cuisine in contemporary settings. While overshadowed by the famous Bukhara and the popular Dum Pukht restaurants, My Humble House has its legions of fans too. Located at the terrace level, this restaurant is designed in neat straight lines from a Zen approach with a few tables set up al fresco that afford breathtaking views of night-time Delhi.

My Humble House New DelhiThe hostess in her elaborately embroidered Chinese jacket seated me quickly. Without much ado, I made my choice and picked a Chardonnay from Argentina with my food. Along with the bowls of glass noodles and pickled vegetables, they offered me an amuse bouche of spiced beans.

Amuse at My Humble HouseThe appetizer trio included a crispy king prawn in Wasabi mayonnaise, filo wrapped chicken and cheese dumpling and seared scallop with spicy orange sauce. Enjoyed the scallop, but the chicken dumpling and prawn were clearly the stand-outs. The chicken was succulent with a trace of peanuts while the prawn was deliciously large with a light tingle of wasabi that made it perfect.

Seafood broth at My Humble HouseNext came the clear broth of seafood with Chinese wolfberry. As you can see, this restaurant doesn't scrimp when it comes to sourcing exotic ingredients! I loved the soup which had in it fresh prawns, fish, scallops, snow peas, carrots and enokitake mushrooms.

The Steamed Cod with Chinese preserved vegetables was now set in front of me. Another winner for me, with the flaky and flavorful fish perfectly complimented by the robust taste of the preserves.

Steamed cod with Chinese preserves at My Humble HouseI had chosen the Lamb Chops on wok seared Daikon with mint sauce for my entree. The dish was served with a portion of stir-fried Udon noodles with shredded snow peas wrapped in some light pastry covering. For some reason, this dish didn't do it for me. The flavors and textures didn't come together in a satisfying manner.

Lamb Chops at My Humble HouseThankfully, the dessert trio was pretty good. Especially the warm caramel ice-cream and the mango pudding.

Tableware at My Humble House
Dessert Trio at My Humble HouseOverall, My Humble House is a good choice for innovative Chinese cooking in five-star settings. In my opinion, Taipan at The Oberoi has an edge with its delectible offerings of Schezwan and Cantonese staples.