Get A Pocket-Friendly Asian Delivery Fix | Dishticle
This isn’t a list of that over-spiced, reeking of garlic grub that most of us confuse with Chinese food. What this is, however, is a list of places that will burn neither your tongue nor your pocket. Say hello to the new age of Asian food delivery in the city: affordable, varied, flavourful, and more delicious than you knew.
Here are some of our favourite spaces to order from when bae has a craving for noodles:
Kuai Kitchen, Colaba
The newest of this lot, restaurateur Neville Vazifdar’s grungy, young Asian outlet serves modern Asian food in the same consistent quality, while keeping the décor and branding refreshingly playful. Beloved items off the Royal China menu like Lettuce Wraps (light and ideal for the summer), crunchy and flavoursome Sesame Prawn Toast, and a balanced Chicken-Prawn Sui Mai are available at Kuai Kitchen for about Rs 200 less. The menu here also finds room for popular Sino-Ludhianvi (or Chindian) orders like Hakka Noodles along with Cantonese staple Egg Fried Rice and a Smoked Chicken Salad which is served under a near mohawk of microgreens.
Quick tip: Get the Prawn Tempura Roll and Schezwan Lamb with Peanut.
Eastside Story, Colaba
When two line cooks from a shuttered fine dine start their own space, it’s likely to be a safe bet for quality and range. Just the first page of the menu at Eastside Colaba inspires as much curiosity as being halfway through a crime novel. We found Pork & Shrimp Wonton Soup, Caramel Shrimps cooked in deep brown caramel sauce with pork fat, and Tofu Sriracha/Thai Sweet Chilli all on page 1.
Quick tip: We’re totes up for adoption if someone from Colaba wants us.
And Chillies, Lower Parel & Mahim
The Khow Suey here is likely the best-kept midtown delivery secret. That apart, the menu here is pan-Asian street food inspired. You’ll find Pad Thai rubbing shoulders with Mee Goreng, and Chow-Mien under the One Pot Meal category. Soups like Kari Laksa, Spicy Crab Meat, and appetizers like Nonya-style lamb show that the afforably-priced And Chillies has remarkable techniques and ingredients to complement the top-notch menu inspirations.
Quick tip: The Mahim branch is what we’d call family-friendly, while the Lower Parel one is better to order from than visit.
BusaGo, Mahim, Fort, BKC, & Pali Hill
Restaurateur Nikhil Chib’s babies have been expanding in the QSR and delivery space rather steadily. Their Busa Bowl specials (priced under Rs 300) include dishes made from everything, whether buff or tofu. You can order from their curries, served with rice – from which we like the Cambodian Curry Chicken (for its tanginess and alliteration) and the Burmese Chicken Kaukswe, which is also available in veg. Stir fries, baos, Banh Mi, and desserts share menu space here along with juices and smoothies. If Asian versatility is your thing, here’s where you order from.
Quick tip: The Fort outlet is temporarily closed.
Go Panda, Lokhandwala
We’ve lost count of how many times we’ve ordered from Go Panda for their efficient delivery of flavoursome food. The menu lists casual Asian food, split into soups, sandwiches, rolls, appetizers called panda delights, and rice or noodle pot meals. Newly introduced on their menu are Skinny Salads & Fusion Tacos, including a Vietnamese Alfa Alfa salad (sesame lemon dressing) and a Shanghai Soft Shell Taco (brown honey tangy sauce).
Quick tip: Their pot meals are delivered far and wide in earthen pots you can later use to plant plants.
Too Asian!, Lokhandwala
Apart from Indian Chinese staples littered across the soup and appetizers menu, this discreet restaurant also pushes the envelope. You’ll find an entire page of the menu dedicated to Vietnamese Rice Paper Rolls and Tibetan Egg Rolls. The rice menu further inspires curiosity with Smoked Prawn Fried Rice, Yam Mein noodles, and Vietnamese Fried Rice. The mains include a Ginger Coriander Snapper and Chilly Wine Chicken with straw mushroom.
Quick tip: When you see an experimental menu, experiment.
What’s your favourite Asian food order?