Food review: Aka Saka, Defence Colony

 

Aka Saka

Defence Colony, Main Market

Syed Zafar Mehdi

My critic friends say this Defence Colony eatery has deteriorated in quality and class since its prime few years back. But before being judgemental, I decided to check it out myself. Aka Saka has been in business of serving the typical not-so-Indianised Chinese food for past 25 years now. Last week, I dashed off to the famed eatery, looking for some spicy and authentic Japanese and Chinese food.

The hush interiors are in sharp contrast to the hustle and bustle outside. The dining area is spacious as per Delhi standards. The ambience is alluring and the soft music playing in background sets up the mood for no-holds-barred dining. I make myself comfy on a corner seat, over-looking a beautiful piece of abstract art.

Quality of food is above-par. It’s not the typical indianised version of Chinese food, or like the modern Chinese offerings, where you struggle to make sense of taste. Most of the dishes are recognisable by their names and then the staff is always ready to help you out.

With an Indo-Chinese cuisine marked by The Sweet and Sour Soup, Kung Pao Chicken, Mongolian Potatoes, Drums of Heaven and Chowmein, and authentic Japanese fare, Aka Saka is more than an over-priced eatery. The delicacies like Kimizu, Japanese soups, Japanese Potato Salad, Chilli Chicken, Momos, Chilli Paneer, Chicken Chowmien are excellent. But the favourites remain the delicious spring rolls and the wholesome Talumein soup. One can also spot lot of youngsters during the happy hours sipping on beer.

Tailpiece: The eatery, though little over-priced, is worth your money. The hype is justifiable. And criticism largely unwarranted.

 

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