An exotic meal worth every penny

FOOD REVIEW

By the end of the month, when pockets feel light but hunger pangs demand only good Thai or Chinese, served at a fine-dining restaurant, then the all thought stop at just one place in the City, Berco’s!

Since its inception in 1982, the place has gained huge popularity among Delhiites - especially youngsters. From Phad Thai noodles to Mongolian Chicken, the place serves a variety and with just the right spices to suit the Indian palette.

Aim for at least a three-course meal as the place is sure to tickle your taste buds starting from soup to dessert. The clear Tom Yum soup with chicken chunks is spicy and flavoured with lemon grass and lime juice, which makes it too hot to handle. The vegetarian Tom Kha is a milder option which has green vegetables such as button mushrooms, baby corn and broccoli soaked in a pool of coconut milk that tastes just above average.

What brings colour to the table is the Juicy Chicken Drumsticks which are succulent and tossed well with pepper but a little sour. Another eye catcher is the Wasabi mushroom which is cooked and served well but tastes bland. It definitely does not come close to the pungent tang that original Wasabi flavour offers. 

Then comes the evergreen delight for a Thai cuisine lover, an opportunity to relish the Phad Thai noodles - which are Berco’s speciality clearly. These flattened noodles have a variety of green vegetables and can be combined with either tofu or chicken, prepared exotically by the chef. Topped with a peanut dressing, they taste the best, like always!
To add to this burst of flavours, is the Chinese Mongolian Chicken. Its fragrance is tantalising enough to tempt you to fork it ahead of other dishes! With pieces of
well-marinated diced leg chicken, the dish is enhanced by vinegar and five spice powder, making it irresistible.

The Clay Pot of exotic vegetables is a hit with a few as it has green vegetables cooked in your choice of sauce – chilli bean sauce, black pepper or garlic wine. For those who may want to try it, it tastes more like a thickened vegetable stock.

Both can be enjoyed with a variety of noodles or rice. If you enjoy savouring a complete dish then Khow Suey and Cottage cheese steak are the apt options, available in both veg and non-veg. Do not miss out on the sea food options like prawn and fish which can be combined as per taste.

Do try the Brown Zebra or Death by Chocolate when it comes to desserts but you could give Darsan a pass if you want to avoid having noodles (crispy and coated with honey) yet again after your meal. While Brown Zebra is a hot walnut brownie, Death by Chocolate is a hot, steamy cake. Both are served with scoops of vanilla ice-cream and chocolate sauce on top and worth a try.

All this is rather reasonably priced and at more well-located outlets across the City.

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