Name of the Food Joint – Oh! Bao by Moet’s
Location – Defence Colony, Delhi, India
I was invited to taste and review the exclusive menu at Oh! Bao by Moets recently opened in the heart of the city at the Defence Colony Market, Delhi. It is another food joint by the makers of Moets but with an endeavor to introduce the Bao concept from Hong Kong in Delhi with absolute authenticity. The name of the restaurant – “Oh! Bao” is pretty fancy and eccentric in itself and is all set to make the popular Hong Kong Cuisine a hit in the Capital.
Chinese, Japanese and Thai…Oh! Bao serves select menu from these three worlds of delicacies. What makes it different from several other such food joints in the city is the innovation with taste! This is the first time ever I tasted a Bao. Chef Saurav shared that Baos are like tacos but with a thick, little sweet bread like kulchas but atypically different from it in terms of taste and presentation. Chef Saurav is just superb with his job. In fact the chef goes out of the way to help customers to choose an apt dish according to their taste. He also helped me to choose a sushi and suggested me to try it with correct sauces. Trust me, the combination was heavenly! Not only the taste but the presentation of the food was amazing and makes it irresistible.
Ambience – 4/5
Perfect for a casual dining experience, Oh! Bao has a dual setup that divides it in two halves. One part can accommodate upto 40 people and is having a hue of pastel shades giving it a look of a countryside cafe. This section has white and pastel shades as pre-dominant colours. A big painting of a fatfish between the chop sticks is just adorable.
The other can accommodate upto 30 people and has a very rustic and wooden interior (Or could give you a feel of an authentic Chinese joint). Primarily, apt to cater to two different kinds of visitors. I loved the woody section. The textured walls and classy lamps were quite impressive. How can one forget to mention the little open kitchen that enables you to witness the making of Sushi. Delight to eyes!
Food – 4.5/5
I started with a Kiwi Drink that seemed authentic and refreshing. Bao is something that appealed me a lot. There are very few restaurants in Delhi/NCR that serve Bao. Also, the food seems to carry a lot of innovation. I liked the Mushroom Bao, the crust do looked like a Kulcha but was entirely different in taste. I would recommend to come up with some more kinds of fillings that might appeal more to Indian taste buds.
The next thing I relished was a burnt Garlic Soup. It is an absolute must try. It is a light soup with burnt garlic flavor that can leave vegetarians mesmerized.
The Laksa is a must try for non- vegetarians and carry right flavors and warmth and the presentation of it in a coconut shell is very impressive. Served in a Green Coconut Shell. This soup has a flavor of coconut and has gentle pieces of prawns, chicken, papaya and herbs. Mocktails or drinks are nice but nothing out of world. Other things I tried were the Dimsums that seem to be really different. Good work chef! Mouth melting, delicious, crystal covering, very different filling is what describe them the best.
On asking, the Chef revealed that the outer crust of the dimsums is prepared using some rare flowers that help give it a crystal look with a unique flavor. I also tasted Clay Pot -The Red Thai Chilly curry with Jasmine rice, which was very much alike the home food. Great to satisfy Indian taste buds! And I ended my treat with a Moet’s Signature Kulfi Faluda.
Service – 3.8/5
Seriously needs improvement. Other than Chef Saurav the staff needs to be more courteous and pro. So, all points only for the Chef!
Price – 3.9/5
A bit on the Higher side, but worth it when it comes to food! Soups range between Rs 155 to Rs 215, appetisers between Rs 255 to Rs 695, Rolls from Rs 495 to Rs. 695, Main course from Rs 310 to Rs 2500 and platters between Rs 1250 to Rs 1850.
HTMTNT Overall Rating – 4/5
Must Try –
Mushroom and tofu baos, Italian Mock-tail, Tiramisu, Moets Faluda Kulfi, Crystal Dumplings, Veg Sushi, Laksa
Will I go Here Again?
Yes, will definitely go back sometime for a Chinese feast. Oh! Bao is a perfect place to satisfy my cravings for authentic Chinese and Thai.