It is as if a tuk tuk rickshaw decided to take a ride through the bustling streets of Asia, and pulled itself up in a cosy corner of the vibrant Nehru Place in the state capital. No kidding—the place literally has a tuk tuk parked at the entrance, giving meaning to its playful décor. True to its name—both in taste and style, The Asian Tuk Tuk isn’t your pick if you are looking for a quite evening at a fine dining Asian space. Come here when you are eyeing for a space that breaks away from the luxe stereotypes, and want to relish the sheer flavours of sushi and dig into super-fresh Asian fare in a warm, cheerful atmosphere pepped up with Chinese lanterns and close seating. While the space crunch might bother some. For others, it might help to get a feel of being out there in the humming streets. That, and of course, the food. By Sushmita Srivastav
Start with the Cheese Balls Tako Yaki that melt in mouth, loading it with just the right amount of delicious molten cheese. Tuk Tuk Chilly Chicken gives the popular red condiment a miss, and comes tossed in green. Mind you though, don’t expect it to go bland on your taste buds; the dish is fiery enough to make you want to stop for a sip of your tipple after the very first bite. When that happens, slurp on any of the fashioned cocktails—our top picks are Cantonese Natraj (neutral spirits spiced with oregano, celery salt and tamarind) and Tuk Tuk Gimlet (ginger-infused gin blended with passion fruit, lemon grass, chilly and a dash of vermouth). For the ones who enjoy their drinks virgin, try the Tuk Tuk Mule—a crafted mocktail of fresh lemonade stirred with cucumber slices, mint, lime juice, and rock salt.
Pink Sake with Atlantic salmon rolled along cream cheese, apple and gherkin tarter, gives the perfect start to your sushi trail. The vegetarian Asparagus Tempura with a twist of spicy mayo comes at its gossamer, crispy best. Try the Sushi Boat if you want to have a complete treat for your palate with 22 varieties of the Japanese delight! Gogo Pogo (Bok Choy and water chestnut topped with wasabi nuts) and Prawn Har Gao (flavourful prawns tossed in Cantonese style) must be on your dim sum list next. The dish of tender baby lamb ribs marinated with cumin and star anise aka Hebai Cumin Lamb, comes out a little too strong when it comes to flavours but deserves a try. Ending the round with subtle Indonesian rice dish of Bamboo Goreng is, hence, a good choice.
But, do save some space for dessert because you just can’t go wrong with picking the Tuk Tuk Krob! The deconstructed dessert of whipped cream foam, red ruby chestnuts, mango duet ice cream and crackling sugar plays with your palate, ending your night on a happy note.
Meal for two: INR 1,500 for two (plus taxes)
Timings: 12.00 PM to 11.30 PM
Address: Eros Corporate Tower, Nehru Place, New Delhi
Reservations: +91 88607 32343