Following successful ventures at ITC Kohenur in Hyderabad, ITC Sheraton in Delhi and ITC Narmada in Ahmedabad, Yi Jing received a grand welcome at ITC Maratha. With the city's love for immersive dining experiences and a passion for food, this addition has been widely embraced. The restaurant's name, translating to 'to change the classic,' reflects its commitment to providing a fresh perspective on Chinese cuisine, seamlessly blending traditional techniques with innovative culinary approaches.
Upon entering Yi Jing, the restaurant's ambience transports you to the lively streets of China. The sounds of woks clanging at Wok Bay, the aromatic steam from the Dim Sum Bay, the artful creation of dim sums, and the pouring of drinks at the bar create a lively scene. For those who always like to be accompanied with a tipple at a restaurant, the bar also has a menu that serves a varied range of old school classics to innovative signature cocktails. Should you seek a private space for your dinner parties, Yi Jing offers the perfect space for private dining as well.
For Asian food enthusiasts like myself, the menu at Yi Jing was an experience riddled with a symphony of flavours. Master Chef Liang Xiaoqing is the creative mind behind every dish served, paying homage to the renowned flavours of Sichuan and Hunan. Before the actual food is in you are welcomed with a wide selection of tea, which is a significant practice in Chinese culture.
Save me some Dim Sum:
Dim Sums at Yi Jing are a testament to craft and creativity. We began or meal with some sake and edamame dumplings, resembling actual edamame, steamed to perfection with an umami aftertaste. For spice lovers, the heart-shaped carrot and wasabi dumplings are a must-try. The Veg Crystal dumplings serve as a tasty palette cleanser before indulging in the show-stopping Chicken Char Siu—crispy, indulgent and, much to our amusement, shaped like cute ducks. I also opted for a familiar favourite, Cheung Fun, which proved to be another must-try.
Nibbling with Appetisers:
The Hunan Style Chili Tofu melts in the mouth, with the creaminess of the tofu complementing the Hunan sauce perfectly. The extra crispy and flavour-packed water chestnuts at Yi Jing elevate this popular ingredient. We were also bold enough to experiment with flavours, which led us to ordering the Beijing Duck Duck from the BBQ specials—a dish involving pancakes, hoisin sauce, spring onions, cucumber and perfectly sliced duck marinated in a five-spice powder, first oven-roasted and then fried to perfection.
The Chengdu Style Sliced Lamb with their in-house chilli powder, paired with Jasmine rice offers a flavourful end to the meal. The lamb's prominent Sichuan pepper taste adds appeal for spice enthusiasts. The hand-pulled noodles at Yi Jing are a must-try, offering a delightful chewiness and a unique, fluffier texture compared to its machine-made counterparts.
Diving into Desserts:
And as always, no meal is complete without dessert. This time, we indulged in two desserts, without any inhibitions—the Peanut Marquise paired with Ginger-Pineapple Ice Cream and an appetising Five-Spice Caramel; and the Jasmine Tea Tart. The latter, a perfect blend of Madagascar milk chocolate and apricot sponge, complements the Chinese tea tradition.
In summary, Yi Jing provides an indulgent experience that should not be missed. Whether reserving a spot for a special occasion or satisfying a craving for exceptional dim sums, Yi Jing is a culinary journey worth undertaking.
Operational Hours: Lunch 12:00pm to 2:45pm; Dinner 7:00pm to 11:30pm; All Days of Week
Location: Lobby Level, ITC Maratha, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Mumbai, Sahar, Andheri East
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