Zyng – been there yet?

It was a Friday evening. I had just stepped out of IIT Madras. I couldn’t stand Sukhwinder Singh at Saarang and so was heading straight home. Just then a friend called and wanted to catch up for dinner. He was at the City Centre and I went straight there. Managed to find some parking with great difficulty and we headed to the Food Court. It was worse than a fish market. The place was jam-packed and forget finding a table, there wasn’t any place to even stand. We came down one floor and thats when ‘Zyng’ hit me. It was an Oriental restaurant, looked hip and was semi-full. We decided to step in. The furniture was minimalistic but classy. The decor simple and the place fairly soft and quiet. A charming young man greeted us and led us to the table and handed over the menu. And for the next 15 minutes I was staring at it completely shell-shocked. No it wasn’t the prices that shocked me. The names of the dishes were soooo Chinese I couldn’t make head or tail of them. The Chinese that we are used to is Schezwan Fried Rice, Chicken Manchurian and the likes and I was wondering as to what kind of Chinese restaurant was Zyng without these standard ones.

After much deliberation we decided to go for the Kung Pao Chicken, a spicy sweet and sour chicken preparation, replete with red pepper and the likes served served with steamed rice and the Thai Fried Rice, shredded with egg. Apparently Kung Pao Chicken is more popular in America than in China. The Chicken was good, though I wish it could have been cooked a little more, it wasn’t as succulent as I would have expected it to be. The steamed rice was our regular one. The Thai Fried rice as nothing more than our regular egg fried rice. The portions were ok, not the usual large ones you would expect in a Cascade or a Rangis. But, to us it was the experience. I’m sure it is worth visiting atleast once. The hygiene levels are top class, they have a near open kitchen, service is with a smile and the food decent. We were down by about 300 bucks each, but I guess you must allocated Rs. 800- 1000 for a meal for two. Parking can be a nightmare at the City Centre on weekends. So catch it on a weekday if you can.

3 Comments so far

  1. Michelle Binkley (unregistered) on January 29th, 2007 @ 10:35 am

    Hi Vinod,

    I am trying to find someone in Chennai to help me. I need someone to take a photo of a house there.

    My Mother and her family were born and raised in Madras (1935? – 1960ish?), and now they all live here in Vancouver, Canada. They have not been back to India for many decades, and I am hoping one day to visit my Mother’s home country.

    I realize that this is not a direct comment to your blog, but it is diificult to find out info from around the globe. If you can offer any help, it would be appreciated.

    Her family home was at 56 Pantheon road, the family name was Hussam. My Grandfather used to run a prosthetic business on Broadway in Madras. If you can send me a photo of the house, it would mean alot to my Mom and Uncles.

    Happy NEw YEar,

  2. Venkat (unregistered) on January 29th, 2007 @ 8:48 pm

    The dish you are talking is a Thai dish. I believe Zyng is a Thai restaurant and not Chinese. Thai restaurants are common here in US. yes the fried is similar to our own egg fried rice. and the food is spicy..its the closest to indian food if u dont find any indian restaurants here in US.

  3. Anand (unregistered) on February 2nd, 2007 @ 1:07 am

    Kung Pao chicken is very popular among Indians who go to Chinese restaurants here in US. BTW, all other items you mentioned “Schezwan Fried Rice, Chicken Manchurian” are available in Indo-Chinese restaurants, not regular chinese restaurants….

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