The biggest stereotype associated with Rajasthan and all of its tourist destinations is – leather, Lal Maas, folk music and rustic historical lanes. Now for most of the parts it is a true story, with absolutely no denying the belief in venturing the local lifestyle rather than feeding self to the commercial offerings; their is no harm in being experimental a little. And with cultural cities like Jaipur, the traditional norms come in mandatory with onion kachoris, lassi and Chauki Dhaani tours a must!
Now if you are in the ‘Pink City’ and crave for some authentic Chinese food, where to head on to? Right on the Tonk Road, closest to the Jaipur International Airport, we have Crowne Plaza’s newest Check-in property with its star Chinese restaurant named the ‘House of Han’.
Intricately designed with the authentic wisdom of Sichuan cuisine, House of Han offers an array of Chinese delicacies. From tender pork chops, fish dressings to offering quintessential sea food platters; the restaurant excels in a variety of meats and organic vegetables preprepared to excellence!
The menu has been with an inclusion of various regional local cuisines of China. Chef Jinhong Luo has crafted a kitchen serving Mongolian, Sichuan, Cantonese and Hunan delicacies.
Prawn Sui Mai
Keeping in mind the heat levels that Indian taste buds can take, they have definitely altered the spices used; but that has not deterred the flavours nor has the level of sweetness gone up to disguise the authentic taste.
Chef Vikas Prasad – Chef Luo Jin Hong
Respecting the norms with the Oriental décor of the restaurant, Crowne Plaza’s team have put in special efforts in reflecting the regional ambience in every possible aspect. The cutlery, crockery, Mongolian griddle table and woodwork of House of Han has been specially imported from the mainland China; for keeping up with their authenticity.
The restaurant has four private dining areas, with comfortable seating arrangements and can host upto 98 guests at a go.
Crispy Chilli Pepper Lamb
If you think that the authentic hospitality of House of Han is limited to its menu and décor, then you’ll be surprised to witness their traditional Tea serving ceremony that is being hosted to welcome each guest.
Anushri holding the Spout Tea Kettle
Warm Jasmine tea is served from the traditional ‘Long Spout Copper Pot’ which is considered as a form of art and takes hours of practice to excel in.
Speaking about the food that the kitchen offers, I must say that their preparation of sea food turned out to be the star of my personal gluttony show! Expecting sea food servings in a city like Jaipur is not regular.
Chilli Garlic Lobster
At that, they offer freshest of the fresh catch with dressings illuminating the natural flavours of meat.
Compoy Seafood Soup
I enjoyed quite a few servings of shrimp dumplings, prawn spring rolls, the Compoy seafood soup and their beautifully decorated Chilli Garlic Lobster.
Crystal Vegetable Dumpling
If you love dumplings, do give their Sui Mai steams a try. Very few Delhi restaurants excel in the art of making Bao and I was quite impressed to explore one of the finest Bao preparations at Crowne Plaza Jaipur too.
Each Bao was soft, moist and the filling was impeccably balanced in flavours to support the thicker wrap of the Bao itself.
House of Han offers a variety of Wok stirs like Lao Gan Ma Fried Fish, Lotus Stem Kung Pao Style, Mapo tofu and Crispy Chilli Pepper Lamb (to name a few) that are quite flavoursome with succulent meats, balanced dressings and satisfying portions of serving.
Lotus Stem Kung Pao Style
I was also impressed by their plating details with House of Han’s signature logo impressioned with cocoa dust on every serving plate.
Prawn Spring Roll
Lao Gan Ma Fried Fish
To be honest, I was left with no appetite to try out their mains (post my encounter with an array of starters that the chef had planned out for us), but I did end up tasting a spoonful of their traditional fried rice and noodles.
Bamboo Basket Fried Rice
Fish Xiangla Sauce
Frank enough, both the main course sides were pretty upto the mark but I can skip the mains and concentrate on the nibblers when I’ll go back there next time!
Prawn with Black Pepper Sauce
The restaurant offers basic signature cocktails and mocktails, but you can definitely ask for another serving of their Jasmine tea or opt to mellow down the spices by gulping on some freshly grounded ice tea.
Deep Fried Onion Cake
As far as their desserts are concerned, the restaurant has given into serving the locally designed sweets rather than including any traditional desserts of the region like Almond Jelly, Fried Ice Cream or Chao Hong Guo; as their area of focus is keeping the starters and main course authentic.
Chocolate Almond Pudding
Well, as far as they are still serving some desserts to curb my sweet cravings, I don’t mind concluding my oriental experience with some spoon full of a regular Gelato.
The one thing that I can do without is the live musical performance that goes on throughout the evening. Stationed right next to the reception area, the aim is to provide live music (they take up special requests too) to the lobby area, their cafe, Sirocco restaurant and the House of Han. When it comes to an Oriental setup, I prefer listening to some lounge oriental instrumental music, rather than some loud Abba-Beegees loop. Although the singer was spot on with her melodious performance, I’d rather listen to her during the day probably at brunch than in the evening; as we retire from the day.
Ambience : 4/5
Food : 4.2/5
Service : 4/5
Value for Money : 3.5/5
Check it Out!
House of Han
Crowne Plaza Jaipur, SP1,
Tonk Road, Jaipur
Written By Anushri Saxena, Features Writer.