When it comes to Asian fine-dine, Vintage Asia by JW Marriott, for sure one of the best in the city of Joy. Vintage Asia has completed its one year in Kolkata in the recent past. They now have come with a new menu. The old menu is still there but the new menu is more elaborate and exclusive. I found the menu is more about Thai and Chinese delicacies. The new menu by Vintage Asia is curated by the Specialty Oriental Chef, Chef Tan Kwang Aik.
I was invited along with a few friends to sample the delicacies from the new menu by Vintage Asia a month back. Needless to say, I have enjoyed my food thoroughly. The menu, I found, is well-balanced. I have noticed the price, is quite affordable, considering the type of Fine-dine Vintage Asia is! Okay, you may think, I am picky, but the price is something I always check before considering a place! Money matters; after all 😉 . I am not writing much about the decor and interior, as those are already there in my previous post.
Take the example of the Dimsums, one of Vintage Asia's known offering. As far as the taste is concerned, my picks are Pumpkin Prawn Dimsums, Chicken Spicy Coriander Dimsums and Lotus Root Chayote, Melon and Cashew nut Dimsums and Ying Yang Yam Bean from the New Menu by Vintage Asia. Each of this, per set priced at around INR 395-425++! A great deal isn't it!
The Appetizers from the new menu by Vintage Asia are priced in between INR 550 to INR 875++. I specifically liked the Wok Tossed Peruvian White Asparagus, Edamame, lime butter and the Thai Chilli Grilled Prawns, & Lemon Grass chicken rolls.
From the Soup section from the new menu by Vintage Asia, I have tried the Star Anise Chicken Ball soup (priced at INR 495). With the aroma of star anise, and with properly cooked, juicy chicken balls, this one was one of the best item served on that day!
We were served several vegetarian delicacies and I specifically liked the Stir Fried Lotus root, Snow peas, Black Fungus. However, I didn't try much from the veg section. I actually was busy cherishing the Chiang Mai Prawn Curry from the curry section! Brilliant it was and perfect if you like your portion of prawn curry spicy yet flavorful. This is priced at INR 1695 however, worth trying.
From the Poultry section of the New menu by Vintage Asia, Chicken Lemon Grass, with Thai Red Chili (INR 725) is true blue hot and sweet chicken platter with the punch of chili and lemongrass. Do try this with your choice of Cocktail or liquor and thank me later 🙂 . The Slow Cook Hot Pot Duck, with Ginger & Spring Onion (INR 745) is another item worth having.
Finally, comes the best item according to me from the New menu by Vintage Asia. I shamelessly asked for several servings of the Steamed Bekti Fillet, Vinaigrette fresh chili, Black bean. Buttery soft Bekti steamed with a flavored sauce, this dish is actually giving competition to one of my favorite from Vintage Asia, Spiced Caramelized Pork Belly, Pineapple, Crispy Garlic. Speaking about the Pork Belly, do try it for sure! This is one of Vintage Asia's best offering. You may read more about it, here; Vintage Asia - JW Marriott, the Asian Food destination in the City of Joy!
From the Rice and Noodles section, I have tried the Spicy Basil Fried Rice as well as the Singapore style Mei Fun with Prawn. Both were going perfectly with the side dishes I have mentioned above.
Last but not the least, the Dessert! My meal ended with the Tub Tim Krob, Chilled Jellied water chestnut, sweetened coconut cream. This is something from their old menu and this dessert is worth keeping. Subtle, moderately sweet, coconutty, and with the crunch of the Water Chestnut, this is super comforting! This actually is the wise choice after the spicy meal.
To savor the delicacies from the New menu by Vintage Asia!
What: Thai and Chinese, Fine-dine
Where: Vintage Asia, JW Marriott
Pocket Pinch for two: INR 3000++
Sunday Brunch Charges: INR 2000 AI or Al-a-Carte
Bar Available: Yes
To book the Table: +91 33 6633 0000