Baby Dragon, Sector 18, NOIDA

Update: 7 March 2011: Baby Dragon has shifted locations and now occupies the first and second floors right next to Barista. The interiors seem brighter and cheerier than the previous location though the food has only improved a little bit. We thought the Chicken and Peanut salad was fantastic; the rest of the food remains iffy though definitely better than before. Baby Dragon’s rating goes up from 2 to 3, making it worth the occasional visit.

Update, 30 January 2009: The management, taking a positive view of this review has implemented some of the changes suggested. The offending plastic curtain has disappeared and the unpleasant odours are now a thing of the past. I did sample the food again however, and found little has changed in that area. Without going into details, Baby Dragon needs some serious introspection.

Baby Dragon, Sector 18, NOIDA[singlepic id=1725 w=80 h=92 float=left]Bumping into Nishant and Prashant, Culinary Entrepreneurs at large, we thought of having dinner together. Always ready to try new (and sometimes risky) restaurants, we decided to check out Baby Dragon.

Baby Dragon! The name has kept me away in the past for some reason and as it turned out, I was right to stay in visual distance. Located in Sector 18, it has been around for a while, though the mention of its name doesn’t really send people into delicious shudders of culinary memories. Its the opposite really, as I will proceed to illustrate.

For some reason, the place has a door and a rubberised plastic strip curtain before the door. On entering, you find a small, relatively cramped dining area, but pleasant to look at nonetheless. The staff are friendly and attentive. One thing I liked was the presence of table mats and pencil colors that my daughter, Cherie, could color and spend time with.On to the food. We ordered vegetarian and non vegetarian lemon coriander soup, a mixed meat noodle soup meal, a vegetarian Thai red curry, chilli chicken, chicken dim sums, noodles and lime sodas for all of us.The lime sodas were good.

The lemon coriander soup had red chilli powder/flakes added to it and was over flavored and quite pungent. The noodle soup meal, while quite well presented and full of vegetables, chicken and prawns, was totally devoid of flavor. Closer to hot water than soup. The chilli chicken was over fried, had way too much vinegar and was tough. Each and every one of the dumplings were stuck to the container they came in and broke apart on the way to our places. They were quite ordinary otherwise. The Thai green curry was concentrated enough to be nearly called a paste rather than a curry. It contained all the right ingredients, but the flavors of lemon grass and galangal were overpowering. The noodles were dry and uninspired. All in all, the food was a disaster, though the portions were okay.

The prices were a surprise. Our total bill was just a little over INR 1,000 and thats with 4 adults and one child.

If you’re looking for good food, this isn’t the place for you.


By Sid Khullar

Sid Khullar is a wellness coach who works with different aspects of lifestyle change towards the accomplishment of goals such as weight loss and blood sugar management among other health situations that require the presence of specialised, precise diets and lifestyle change. His methods address aspects of food, nutrition and the mind.