Kylin is an old name on the Delhi Asian circuit and over the years it has built a strong reputation for itself as a restaurant that's consistently good and delivers big flavours.
While the restaurant at the Ambience Mall, Vasant Kunj is tried and tested, the SkyBar is only gaining prominence now. The new menu at the bar that allows you to drink and eat al fresco gets two thumbs up.
Between October and February, with the weather in Delhi at its best, outdoor spots are coveted spaces and this once checks most boxes. For one, it is spacious and you don't feel hemmed in.
Also, the bar looks casual yet chic and the drinks menu is a good mix of heady cocktails and regular peg measures. Begin with the wasabi prawn which is creamy with a good wasabi hit and you can skip the crystal dumpling prawn sesame and spring onion which is quite average.
If there is one must have on the menu it has to be the pork belly yakitori which has a hint of charcoal and just dissolves into nothing in your mouth. Truly fantastic.
There's also some sushi on the menu that completes the Asian circuit and does justice to the Japanese favourite. The rolls are ell constructed and the flavours just right.
The new menu at the bar is heavy on starters and one would do well to stick to the wide range on offer. Yet, if you have been sitting around for a long time and are feeling more than a little peckish, order off the mains section of the menu and you won't be disappointed.
While the meals in a bowl are full of flavour, they are not out of the ordinary and you might do well to order a burger or one of the dim sum baskets instead which are spot on. You also have the option of some live cooking at your table but if you prefer some privacy, give it a miss and stick to other favourites from the menu.
I would definitely go back for the interesting drinks and fantastic bar food. It also helps that the music is fun, the service is attentive and the overall look and feel of the space is casual. Highly recommended for an evening out with friends.
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Pork Belly Yakitori
Evening for two: 2200 plus taxes (with drinks)