Are we the only ones suffering from pajama-fatigue? We think back fondly to the time when you had to don a pair of heels to try a new restaurant, as we peruse the neat, typo-free menu of Pandan Asian, the latest in Delhi’s sudden crop of delivery-only restaurants. (Spoiler: we’re reviewing another one later this week).
Fortunately, PAE is fantastic and cheap enough not to leave the house for – even if you’re really in the mood.
You Give Me (Cabin) Fever
We ogle at Pandan Asian Eats’ crab and noodles photo while waiting for our Zomato delivery, which arrives in in first world style: the doorbell rings just seconds after the dot on our laptop reaches the ‘delivery’ landmark, and soon we are the proud owners of a huge cardboard box printed with red umbrellas, perfectly aligned with the climate outside.
Inside, we find still-warm boxes sporting typed labels, and are particularly impressed by a note on a sauce container, telling us that it goes with the rice noodle salad.
Inside, we find still-warm boxes sporting typed labels, and are particularly impressed by a note on a sauce container, telling us that it goes with the rice noodle salad. Chopsticks and napkins are adequate, which almost never happens. For this alone, we dole out major points.
Thai & Mighty
Because every dish except our Tom Kha is applause worthy, we’d like to rip off the Band-Aid quickly. Much too salty, woefully body-less, and overwhelmed by coconut milk, we recommend you steer clear of this soupy mess.
Focus instead on tangy Rice Noodle Salad, flavored with peanuts, lemongrass, basil and a generous hand of nicely-cooked shrimp; as well as masterful Red Thai Curry, which beyond tasting Bangkok-street good, shimmers with scent of just-plucked basil leaves and galangal. Stir-fried veggies pack fresh-as-they-get black mushrooms, bak choy and tofu in expertly cooked black bean sauce.
Tonight, our version of dessert is mushroom, chili oil and cream cheese dumplings, more subliminal and comforting than a tubful of frosting. In fact, we’re contemplating a whole birthday cake made out these wonders – candles and everything. Make a wish!
Getting there: Pandan Asian Eats, Greater Kailash 1, call 011 33106336, delivery from noon to midnight, Rs. 1,500 for three who eat well.
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