A Friday afternoon craving for oriental flavours finds us at Haka, a restaurant that promises an authentic Chinese menu. Inconspicuously tucked away in a by lane in Fort, we enter the small but spacious place and are quickly seated by the courteous staff. The ambience is a welcome change from your typical Chinese restaurant interiors (there’s a noticeable absence of Chinese lanterns, and oriental fans). Contemporary artwork decorates the walls along with a couple of tasteful Chinese murals.
We might be greedy so we decide to try a bunch of their starters. Plates of Mongolian Chicken, Dynamite Prawns, Chicken Dumplings and Cocktail Prawns make their way to our table but ultimately, it’s the Dynamite Prawns that get demolished first, with a mayo and cheese sauce that might not be as Oriental as the restaurant promises but delicious nonetheless. The promised authentic Chinese flavours can be found in the succulent Chicken dumplings. By now, we’re almost too satisfied to think about main course but the Sapo Prawns are too enticing for us to pass up. Ladled onto our Garlic Rice, the gravy is sweet and spicy and wonderful all at the same time.
We’re told that Haka is known for their sizzlers and while we’re too full to try some this time around, the Paneer Sizzler is on top of our bucket list for next time. We end the meal with the classic Sizzling Brownie that has the perfect brownie to ice cream ratio. From Mumbai’s crop of Chinese restaurants, Haka stands out with its ability to do your favourite Chinese dishes better than the rest. With its quirky decor and helpful staff, this South Bombay eatery should top your list the next time oriental cravings set in.
How to Get There:
Where: 3&3A, Palikiwala building, 296, Shahid Bhagat Singh road, Fort
Contact: 022 22616969
Timings: All Days 12 Noon to 4 PM, 7 PM to 12 Midnight
Cost: ₹950 for two people