Pan Asian food is my latest favourite when I am hungry. Having savoured Momos, noodles, and other Chinese food sold in small outlets in my locality in Delhi, I was looking for something really exotic and went to BOA (Best of Asia) Village, Delhi, one of the most awarded fusion restaurant in Delhi. The layout of the restaurant is based on the Chinese mythology concept of Earth, sky and heaven. The first level represents Earth, the second level represents the sky and the third level is heaven.
An imposing Buddha face, inspired by the sculptures in Angkor Vat, peering out from behind a curtain fountain greeted me as I entered. The mural is flanked by two Kylins, one of the four divine creatures of Chinese mythology. I loved the family friendly space making the best use of natural materials to make a cosy inviting space with drift wood tables and comfortable couches inspired by traditional Chinese seating.
When I looked up towards the second level, my eyes immediately got fixed at the two immense statues that tower in the double height atrium that is lit by the skylight above. The statues of the Bali goddesses flank the DJ console that nests between the 2 levels.
I moved up the stairs leading up to the conservatory section of ‘Sky’ – a sunlit space covered by a transparent roof and surrounded by greenery. This is the café section of the restaurant with comfortable padded seats and tables. The conservatory opened out to the terrace with its covered gazebos and imposing bar and live kitchen. This whole area feels like I was transported to a garden far away from the reality of the busy road outside.
BOA boasts of a very well-curated selection of the best of Pan Asian Cuisine. The menu offers a wide variety of Chinese, Thai, Japanese, Vietnamese, Cambodian and Korean dishes with a few key signature Indian dishes. It becomes difficult to choose from the delectable sushi, dimsums, noodles, Bao(s), Thai curries, Khow Suey, Siracha Chicken and many more impressive dishes from all over Asia.
I savoured vegetarian Dimsum Platter, Assorted starters and Thai red curry with Jasmine rice. And also the vegetarian Khow Suey and really loved it.
BOA also has a very extensive drinks menu with some amazing exclusive signature cocktails; the Som Ras is the perfect appetiser with Pan flavoured Vodka and a fresh Pan leaf. The menu also offers a wide selection of mocktails, shakes, smoothies and along with my food, I loved the exotic milk shakes that they served me.
The dessert selection is also impressive with many in-house innovative creations; the chocolate dimsum, chocolate wrapped in rice flour wrapper, deep fried and served with ice cream and chocolate sushi, chocolate wrapped in nori sheets are two must-try items on the dessert menu. I loved the date pancakes, a spectacular item, minced dates wrapped in wanton sheets, deep fried and served with ice cream.
Address: Exchange Store Building, 13 Civil Lines, New Delhi, Delhi 110054
Cost for two: INR 1800/- +taxes