Perched on the second floor of Worldmark Gurgaon, Pa Pa Ya is an Asian food lover’s dream come true. We visit this high-octane restaurant for a tantalising feast. By Priyanka Chakrabarti
Massive Restaurants and Moonshine Food Ventures’ labour of love—Pa Pa Ya—has opened its doors for patrons in Gurugram now. I reach this swanky eatery on a windy evening and the first thing that lures me is the chic alfresco area; think mute-toned walls accentuated by countless colourful ceramic pots and plants. I choose a corner table for two, place my bag on the comfy sofa and head straight in for a quick tour of the indoor section.
The décor at Pa Pa Ya Gurugram celebrates the richness of Asian culture; taking design inspiration from the age-old art of Kintsugi, which is similar to the Japanese philosophy of wabi-sabi (embracing imperfections), every corner radiates Eastern elegance.
I head back to my outdoor table and flip through the detailed food menu. Soon after, I start with the first appetiser—Shao Mai Chicken and Chestnuts dim sum; these classic open-faced chicken dumplings are succulent and juicy. Every bite unfurls a potpourri of authentic Chinese flavours and I take the liberty of topping these babies with an extra spicy chilli dip. Next, I try their Kani Sashimi—luscious crab sticks served on a bed of ice in a cocktail glass. The best way to devour it is by pairing each stick with freshly cut raw veggies. This one is mild on the palate yet packs a punch.
Up next is a classic Sushi—California Crab rolls. This is my personal favourite ever since I’ve been introduced to the concept of sushi. I always tend to order the same variant everywhere. And these are quite palatable.
The last starter for the evening is a generous serving of Kurabuta Pork Spare Ribs. This is my favourite dish so far. A symphonic blend of spicy and sweet, this dish is perfect for people who have sensitive palates. I savour each bite scrupulously while ensuring I don’t miss out on capturing this gorgeous-looking dish for the ‘gram.
I wash down the delectable appetisers with a cool mocktail called Spicy Delight—an enticing concoction made of sweet guava juice, a dash of piquant tobacco and some secret spices.
Moving on to the main course, I order some classic stir-fried noodles with a tiny portion of chicken in Thai green curry. I love how wholesome and flavourful the Thai curry is.
I conclude dinner with two decadent desserts—Caramel Ice Cream Bao and Liquid Hazelnut Fondant Cake. Both desserts are full-flavoured in their own ways. I love the presentation of the Fondant Cake, whereas the ice-cream stuffed doughnut (bao) is an indulgent affair—a total palate teaser.
I leave with a full belly and a happy heart especially because the whole experience was elevated with their top-notch hospitality. Pa Pa Ya Gurgaon is highly recommended by us.
Address: Second Floor, Worldmark, Sector 65, Gurugram
Timings: noon to midnight
Cost for 2: INR 2,500 without alcohol (approx.)