A restaurant called Tchi!

First of all, getting to this place might be a bit of a challenge! It’s on Edward Road and even if you’ve been here for a dozen years, I bet you don’t know where it is.

We did finally manage to find the place. It’s off Queens Road (and being a one-way, its towards the end), just before you take the right turn to Cunningham Road. And try not to miss it as it’s a one way and you’ll have to drive all the way back again if you do!

Tchi advertises itself as Authentic South Asian cuisine and since it’s not very easy to get good South East Asian food, I had rather high hopes as I’d read a flattering review of the restaurant on a blog.

Tchi has been converted from a bungalow to a restaurant and looks posh and homely at the same time from the outside. The stairs from the entrance lead you to a few dining areas (120 pax informs the waiter). We chose the one facing the roadside, screened by rather thick ceiling-to-floor glass windows. The sound from the road is not very loud either, as it’s off the main road. I liked the interiors immediately, at least where we were sitting. Nice soft light filtered through the glass and it was a pleasant enough afternoon not to need the air conditioning.

We had steamed chicken wontons for starters and it was deliciously done and with the slightly spicy chilli sauce to accompany the dish, it didn’t last too long! They were nice, soft and very yummy. I was happy already.

For the main course we had non-veg noodles, which was a combination of thin and flat noodles and complemented each other well. As soon as the dish arrived, a nice pleasant smell wafted up from the plate and I knew that it would be as good as it looked. We had the noodles with a Cambodian chicken curry. Very well done and not spicy but tasty enough to leave a nice impression on the palate. With bell peppers for company, the dish was just right. Another thing was that the quantities are really generous, unlike many other fine dining places so at least you’re not left with a cheated (and hungry) feeling. We complimented it with red and white wine, which is also available along with a range of other cocktails and drinks.

All in all, a very pleasant dining experience. And I’d recommend it for an occasion like a birthday, anniversary or a date as the prices are on the higher side. A meal for 2 with a couple of drinks came to Rs 1000.

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