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If you are a restaurant scout who is always on the lookout for hip dining spots, chances are that Sampan has evaded your radar. That is because it has primarily hawked its gastronomic wares to the family crowd and an older demographic. But, you would do well to include it in your dining calendar as it combines breathtaking views of the south Delhi skyline with popular Asian fare. Perched several floors above the ground, Sampan is appointed with glitzy chandeliers, a wood accented ceiling and seats you can sink into. The menu, despite inclining towards Delhi favourites like 'Tom Yum Soup' and 'Curry Laksa', also has entries the well-heeled might go for. Regional cuisines of China such as Cantonese, Sichuan and Beijing get a mention while the Thai food here goes beyond the tried and tested to include spice-laced 'Massaman'. You would not be disappointed if ordering the 'Khao Phad' or 'Thai Style Fried Rice', which is robust in its use of aromatics. Similarly, 'Shandong Fish' is a hard-to-resist combination of stir-fried fish fillets and vegetables, swimming in oyster sauce.
You can call this stunning restaurant crown of The Suryaa Hotel, NFC, New Delhi. Presiding nicely on the top of the hotel, â€˜Sampanâ€™ basks in perk of great location. The rooftop setting gives the patrons a clear unbarred view of Lutyenâ€™s Delhi spread in front of you like a glittering necklace. At night time especially the view is breath taking. With entire city glittering under your feet the best seats in the house is next to the bay windows from where you can admire the scenic view. The interiors are beautifully elegant and posh in every way. To woo an important business associate or a special someone take them to Sampan for a good time. Show off with the elegant surroundings and professional flawless service given by the staff. The staff is smart, efficient and eager to serve the customers. Keep Sampan on the list for classy and grand yet stylish location.
The menu of Sampan is whole soul pan Asian. The chefs make South East Asian delicacies and also for desi taste buds Punjabi-Chinese fare. The Indianised side of the menu puts the elegance of Sampan in stark contrast. Expect to see sarojini nagarâ€™s momos and Chinese Tak-a-Tak noodles as well as rarely seen dishes like oshizushi. Staple like dim sums is as good start as any. Relish fillings like har gow, siu mai, siopao, cheung fun and lamb kothe. Move next to salads (som tam thai, yasai sarada and sashimi salad) and soups (miso shuru, pho, curry laksa and sour pepper wonton). For delicious appetizers the chef prepares duck with trio of peppers, Asian style lamb with vegetables, sampan special prawn, ebi furai, chilli mountain chicken, sambal goreng ikan, thai crispy-fried fish, spring rolls with sweet chilli sauce and crunchy spinach and corn.
Sampan dishes out fabulous sushi and sashimi course. Their sushi rolls are just amazing. Mains include imperial prawn, Singaporean chilli crab, kung pao style okra, lamb massamam curry, rendang curry, sweet and sour pork chops, double roast lamb shank with star anise, chicken in hot basil, Beijing roast duck, Shandong fish and steamed or fried Indian ocean lobster. Relish some phad thai, hakka noodles, jasmine rice and braised buckwheat noodles. Asian mango ginger mousse, layered coconut milk cake, tempura fried ice cream, tab trim grob and lemongrass star anise crÃ¨me brulee, forms their dessert section. Expensive but memorable Sampan is just the right amount of elegance and quirkiness you need.