Ninja Dilli-wallah

With its Chinjabi fare served amid a swanky decor, Fat Ninja makes a fitting name for the Hauz Khas Village eatery.

Ninjas are said to have an intense workout regime. Perhaps this is why Fat Ninja, a new Chinese eatery in Hauz Khas Village, is located at the summit of a building. Climbing up three flights of stairs, dodging hazards such as flying dust and wood chips from ongoing construction work on the lower floors, we arrive at the restaurant congratulating ourselves on our Jet Li-like stamina and instincts, bereft as we are of any debris.

The space in the restaurant is huge, like the hall of a Buddhist temple from one of the ninja movies. Spread over several levels, there are outdoor and indoor seating areas, a terrace enclosed in a greenhouse-like structure and a separate roof seating area. The decor meanders from woodwork in the interiors to stonework in the exteriors, with cheerfully coloured couches providing a splash of colour. As chilled-out lounge music pipes through the speakers, and all the elements come together to make you feel as if you're in the Mortal Kombat bar. Now, all that's needed to complete this illusion is servers dressed like Scorpion and Sub-Zero (which they're not).

After a brief perusal of the menu, we decide to start with the Ninja Crispy Chicken and Birds Prawns which we (erroneously, as it turns out) assume involves bird's eye chilli in some form. The chicken comprised thin batter-fried strips, accompanied by a (according to the menu) piquant sauce. While the chicken was certainly crispy, we wish it or the accompanying sauce would have been in fact piquant. Our Scoville yearnings unfullfilled, we turn to the prawns and discover the actual reason behind its avian name. The prawns are served curled and perched upright on their tails, crowned by a blob of cream embellished with "eyes" and a "beak". Birds prawns, get it? The prawns are big and juicy, and go well with the accompanying sauce, though we would recommend the chefs use a little less cornflour.

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