Hao Shi Nian Nian & Chocolateria San Churro

Hao Shi Nian Nian (HSNN) serves Sichuan style Chinese food. It literally means “here’s to good life”. It is located in GK-2, M-Block market and has another outlet in Gurgaon. We went to the one in GK-2. I liked the ambience at HSNN. Unlike, China Garden, another famous Chinese restaurant in the same market, HSNN’s lighting was not too dark or dim. We were seated on a table which faced a park and had natural light coming in. It made such a huge difference to the pictures we clicked.

This was the first time ever that we were at a place that served Sichuan specialties. the menu had several unfamiliar dishes and the one that sounded closest to what I’ve seen in other Chinese restaurants was a Honey Glazed Lamb Chop. I love the sweet-sour-spicy combination and we promptly ordered this as an appetizer.

Honey Glazed Lamb Chops

This dish was interesting. Flavour wise it was very different from what I have had before. I was expecting a sour element, which was not present. That said, the lamb was extremely tender and crispy. My only grouse was that some of the chops had very little meat on them.

We wanted to try pork, but were surprised to hear that it was not available on a Saturday afternoon. We decided to settle for fish and were recommended to order Sauteed Sliced Pomfret with preserved red chilly. I requested them to switch the pomfret with sole and they gladly complied. This dish was simply stellar. The fish was lightly batter fried and was extremely soft. It was on the spicy side, but in a nice way. The ideal accompaniment would have been steamed rice.

Sole Fish with preserved chillies

But, we made the mistake of ordering the Singapore fried Mee Hoon with shrimps. The noodles were a huge letdown. I was expecting the thin rice noodles and was surprised to see flat noodles instead. A bigger disappointment awaited us as we dug in. The noodles reeked of turmeric. Why would they add turmeric powder to this dish? Was it to give colour to the egg? Anyway, it was a complete disaster. The shrimps were flavourless.

Singapore fried mee-hoon with shrimps

If I were to go back to HSNN, I would just for the fish with preserved chillies. I would also order only their Sichuan specialties next time.

For dessert, we headed to Chocolateria San Churro, an Australian chain that serves Spanish chocolates and of course Churros or Spanish doughnuts and has now opened in GK-2, M-Block Market. As we walked in, we took in the aromas of rich chocolate.

chocolates on display

We headed upstairs and ordered a plate of Churros with dark chocolate and a cold coffee with ice-cream. The cold coffee was a standard one.

I’ve never had churros before, but watched Nigella make them on TV and ever since it has been on my list of things to make at home. I imagined them to be these crispy chewy things with a scent of cinnamon in them. The churros served at Chocolateria were nothing like that. They were crispy, but hardly sweet or with a hint of cinnamon. The dark chocolate was very good though. Mahesh carelessly called them murukkus with chocolate sauce- and expensive!! These 3 pieces with chocolate sauce was priced at Rs 175 + taxes.

Churros with dark chocolate

Are they supposed to taste this way? I hope not. I plan to try Nigella’s recipe soon to verify things for myself. For now, I don’t intend to return to Chocolateria any time soon.

Inside Chocolateria San Churro





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