August Moon, GK II, New Delhi

August Moon is a great place to visit, with dishes that defy it’s location and prices that defy the quality of it’s dishes.

It is rare to find a restaurant of the genre that shares seating with other purveyors of food, in a food-court like setting, that takes itself seriously. August Moon in GK II is one such.

Offering a scant four covers within it’s own premises, August Moon offers a menu that most restaurants in it’s class would balk at and that would more at home in a full service establishment. Jaspreet and I landed up at August Moon for lunch with it’s very enthusiastic owner, Manish Ahluwalia last week and boy, were we surprised!

Our repast began with a Lemongrass and Coriander (149) soup I really didn’t care for; a dish that had me fervently wishing the rest of our order wouldn’t follow suit. Two reasons; one, it’s isn’t very pleasant writing what one thinks is a fitting description of an establishment’s food, when the promoters sincerely believe otherwise. Two, who wants to sit through such a meal?!

The soups came and went, telepathic messages from Jaspreet suggesting his seafood Tom Yum (199) soup too didn’t really hit the spot or any spot at all. I’m thrilled to report that the rest of our meal was great, that point on. Moving on to Tofu in Dry Chili (189) and BBQ Pork Ribs (329), both were great. The tofu was deep fried in a light batter, the resulting crispy pieces tossed in a light, garlicky blend of dry spices with whole, dried red chilies while the ribs weren’t the standard pressure-cooked-then-tossed in BBQ sauce ribs. While those are certainly nice to eat, with super tender meat falling off the bone, the meat on these too could be slid off the bone with the difference that the meat offered quite a bit of bite, IMO enhancing the meaty tones within.

Our main courses were Pan Fried Noodles with Butter-Garlic Sauce (259) with Fresh Green Beans tossed in Brown Garlic (269), a portion of August Chicken (349) and a bowl of Mixed Mushroom Fried Rice (159) – crisp, buttery noodles topped with a very subtle and moist blend of vegetables in white, garlic sauce accompanied by very mildly crunchy green beans loaded with garlic and a fairly ordinary, but tasty gravied chicken dish enhanced with a few bites of mushroomy, fried rice. Difficult to go wrong there though I didn’t think the chicken dish worthy of being a signature offering. Jaspreet and I finished off with ice cream stuffed crisp spring rolls (189), which they make in house and a platter of pancakes stuffed with a sweet date mixture (159).

August Moon is a great place to visit, with dishes that defy it’s location and prices that defy the quality of it’s dishes. If you’re in the area, August Moon must become your default weekly Chinese take-out and if not, deserves a visit every so often.

Tofu in Dry Chili
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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.