Talk about the view from the 10th floor at Ging starts right from the moment one gets into the elevator at the Royal Orchid hotel. Each passing level will assure you that the view is going to be magnificent. When you enter, you will be distracted by the exceptionally done up interiors with high ceilings and gold caged lampshades falling out of them. And just when you think the aura couldn't get any better, you will stumble upon a dragon wall art which has a very intriguing canvas of 414 Chinese porcelain plates.
As you walk through this refreshingly pleasant décor, you will come out to the al fresco dining veranda. Like you would've bet, the view from here is definitely something you would be willing to pay for. A true Bangalorean will immediately start identifying the landmarks that are visible from here. Right from Ulsoor lake and Chinnaswamy stadium to stretches of greenery adjacent to Cubbon road (thanks to the Army, those trees got saved). The old Bangalore charm is sure to get you nostalgic.
After being distracted by the view and décor for quite sometime, we finally decided to sit down to relish Ging's take on Sichuan and Cantonese cuisine. Ging surprisingly has an array of interesting options for vegetarians. We started off with the Vegetable Lettuce Wrap, which we all agreed is one innovative way to eat up healthy greens without compromising on the flavours and taste.
The Vegetable Crystal Dumplings here were the very definition of "melt in mouth". It kept our eyes open with amazement till they quickly vanished from the steaming hot bamboo basket. If you are one to obsess with gluten free food, then Ging is your best bet. It is very rare to find gluten free delicacies like dumplings in Chinese restaurants.
Turnip cake was another refreshing dish on the menu. Cut into cubes, deep fried and seasoned with finely chopped garlic, red chillies and spring onions, the crispy turnip was perfect to savour after the delicate dumplings.
We then thought the Mushroom Hibachi Rice and Seasonal Greens would be a good pairing. The rice was exactly how we like it to be in Asian food, sticky and starchy. It also had the right mixture of soft mushrooms and spices. We were right about the greens gravy and how it amalgamated with the rice giving a nice texture and burst of flavours in the mouth.
As for the meat, our friend found it to be quite succulent and felt it just kept getting better with each course. The highlights were the Golden Pumpkin Prawn and the Fatman's Chicken that was steamed, grilled and brilliantly skewered with sugarcane which was very innovative.
Dessert is something we take quite seriously. A good dessert closes the deal for us. The Seasonal Mochi did the trick here. The pounded rice cake filled with seasonal fruit flavoured ice creams was a good finish.
Dining at Ging was a very gratifying experience for us. We recommend you to take your family and friends to enjoy the chilled out feels that Bangalore is famously known for and Ging brings out just that with a lot of finnese.
Where? Royal Orchid Central, Level 10,Manipal Centre, Cubbon Road, Off MG Road, Bangalore.
Contact? 080 49653042
Cost for two? Rs. 2000