In a time of cut-throat competition in the gourmet world, where hundreds of restaurants are popping up and shutting down every day, the fact that Larry’s China has continued to thrive for 20 long years is an endorsement itself. As the iconic restaurant serving Cantonese and Szechuan cuisine completed its 20th anniversary, we joined the celebrations. By Kumar Shree
I have a special space in my heart for places that exude old-world charm, and for starters, Larry’s China delivers that in abundance. Tucked inside Ambassador, New Delhi – IHCL SeleQtions, the restaurant is a quaint setup complete with decor elements harking to the authentic Chinese culture.
Everything right from golden paper lanterns to framed art works hanging from the walls, to the Chinese-style doors, reinstate that you are sitting in a typical Chinese setting. The seating arrangement is another highlight for me. I prefer cozy intimate seatings like that at Larry’s China, as they jog my memories of places I’ve dined in, as a kid, with my parents.
I picked myself a cozy corner, and luckily, was seated opposite to Rajindera Kumar, the Working Director at the hotel, who heightened the experience with his interesting anecdotes about how, over the years, his morning walks have always been cut in by happy guests who absolutely love Larry’s China. The entire space was abuzz with live music, and only the absolute best from the kitchen were being served at the table for the celebratory lunch. To put it modestly, every single dish that made it to the table was a delight.
A balanced mix of vegetarian and non-vegetarian fares found place on the selected menu. Out of the 17 selected dishes for the special occasion, dishes like Pan Friend Chilly Fish, Lemon Coriander Soup, Larry’s Tiger Sesame Prawn, Eggplant Sweet and Sour, and the Date Pancake rolled like a cigar, earned a spot on my favourite’s list.
Interestingly, Larry’s China borrows its name from Larry Carrington Goodrich, an American photographer to comprehensively photograph China, its land, people, and culture. I try to reason why a restaurant would derive its name from a photographer. The only conclusion that I arrive upon is: because the two share the same amount of passion for China. What Larry felt for China, Larry’s China celebrates in the form of its cuisine and that, in my opinion, is the best way of celebrating the authenticity of a place. No wonder, Larry’s China has been a favourite to so many people for so long.
Address: Ambassador, New Delhi – IHCL SeleQtions, Subramaniam Bharti Marg, Sujan Singh Park, New Delhi, Delhi 110003
Price for Two: INR 4,000
Timings: 12:30 pm to 3:00 pm and 7:30 pm to 11:30 pm
Phone: 011 6626 1000