Visited Chao for a friend’s birthday treat

He had purchased coupons for the buffet. They have a full bar available, I had a Margarita which had a slightly sweeter, less potent taste. The Bloody Mary was good though.

They have very few options in the starters and fewer if you are Vegetarian. 

Okra Salt and Pepper 

Okra (AKA Lady Fingers) marinated and then sautéed, makes them crunchy and tasty. Seasoned just with pepper and salt, this makes for a delicious light snack. This is the only veg dish that I could remember the taste of. 

Paneer Tikka 

Roasted diced pieces of Paneer seasoned with a spicy paste. The paneer was too soft and not roasted enough and texture was chewy.

Grilled Prawns were crunchy and juicy and tasted good but we’re under seasoned. 

Spicy Chicken – made on order, this boneless chicken pieces were served with a garlic tomato chutney and tasted spicy. The skin was crisp and had a smokey taste. Inside was juicy but barely. Overall nice dish.

Prawn Crackers aka shrimp chips, deep fried crackers made from starch and prawn that serve as flavouring, they are made with tapioca flour and no wheat, so they are gluten and grain free. Plus, I liked the texture and sort of addictive. Though some of them tasted a bit rancid. I stopped eating more after that.
For main course there was Flat Rice Noodles, Hakka Noodles, Manchurian and Eggplant Onion Gravy. Everything was average tasting and nothing out of the ordinary.

Deserts followed suit with the dry brownie cakes and the overly sweet Peach cream cake. The best one was the Sago-Mango pudding. A mildly sweet pudding with the aroma and taste of mango was refreshing and very delicious.

The ambience is quite and peaceful and the service was good. But if you are planning to visit please do not take the buffet, go for a la carte instead.

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