Delhi Club Mess
Ambience It's housed in the infamous Chungking Mansions, with its maze of dirty, unsightly stairwells, but once inside the restaurant, the homely atmosphere and heady smell of spices will transport you to the exotic streets of Delhi. It is prettily decorated, with its ceiling lit in bright blue and pinned with shimmering tinsel, wall paintings depicting traditional Indian scenes, and plastic table covers sporting the elephant god Ganesh.
Cost HK$80-HK$150 without drinks.
Turn-ons The mixed grill - fish, chicken and mutton - which was served on a sizzling, flat dish, was mouthwateringly aromatic and tender. The chicken jalfrezi, cooked with capsicum, tomatoes and onion, was soft and full-flavoured. The menu described the mutton Delhi special, a signature dish, as mild, and that it certainly was - recommended only for spice-phobic diners.
Turn-offs The chana masala (chick peas cooked in spices) would have benefited from more fresh herbs and spices to lighten the taste of the chick peas. We visited on a busy Friday night and had to wait in the hot lift lobby for ages for a table.
Drinks The brightly coloured rose and mango lassis (pictured), served in soda glasses, are popular and the beer is cheap.
3/F, Block C, Chungking Mansions 40 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, 23681682