Chubby Cho – A Pan Asian affair

Meanwhile there is a growing popularity for Pan Asian food, there have been a few places that did really good but over time somehow lost the charm. Now if you look around you hardly have much when it comes to Pan Asian food (not Indo Chinese).

Chubby Cho is a brand new place which is a part of The brand Sardar . What you can expect is some close to authentic Pan Asian food. The use of fresh produce including the actual vegetables that go in.

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Ambience:

Once you get in , you know its a one of a kind place. Most importantly the old fashioned red interiors have no role to play here. Its a mix and match of colours , well laid tables and live kitchen.

The bar counter plays a good part to add to the ambience.  You have a few bar stools as well.

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Food and Beverages:

As soon as we settled down we were greeted with a cup of Jasmine tea. Mild aroma of jasmine and a mild brew.

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Salads:

The first one to start was the Larb Gai , it had minced chicken with a slightly tangy dressing. Tasted good but the roasted rice as the crunch component didn’t really work for me, it was quite hard to bite into it.

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The Mandarin Mango Salad was a really good one in terms of flavour balance but even this had the rice component. The mangoes were perfect , not completely raw and sour but just perfect with the dressing.

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Appetizers:

Vegetarian:

The pepper cottage cheese was an amazing one. The soy base with fresh ground pepper gave it a salty touch ( the seasoning). The best part were the mushrooms and spring onion in it.

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Assorted Mushrooms Takrai had a combination of different varieties of mushrooms batter fried and tossed along with chillies , coriander and a touch of soy.

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Hot Steamed Edamame is simple as the name says. Fresh Edamame steamed with a bit of salt.

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Paneer twister bao was another good one. The bao had a sweet , asian influenced filling. It was fluffy and steamed to perfection.

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Non Vegetarian:

Thai fish cakes here were not like the deep fried flat patties made of fish, Even though the flavours are a bit similar these were rolls which were sliced and served with a chilly dip on the side.

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Prawn tempura was good , seasoned to perfection but can get crispier. Not that this wasn’t crisp, the batter could be on the lighter aerated side to give the crispiness.

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Chicken with hot basil was a good one. Batter fried chicken tossed with chillies and basil.

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Sushi:

We had Crab stick avocado Uramaki. This was the best sushi i had in Hyderabad. Clean flavour , nothing pungent and unsatisfactory about it.

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Yasai roll with shitake, cucumber , asparagus and carrot was the vegetarian uramaki. Again clean on the palate. Served with a rosette of pickled ginger and wasabi.

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Mocktails:

To go along the appetizers we had a few beverages as well. Don’t remember the names. One was a strawberry base garnished with rose petals, one had a apple base.

Ramen:

You have a lot of Ramen available , its at a point where its difficult to know which is a what. A few have a thin broth , a few have thick broth , a few soy base , a few clear and flavourful.

The broth here was semi thick. It was soy based with a good heat from red chillies, fresh vegetables including asparagus , edamame etc. It was topped with chicken and a soft boiled egg.

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Desserts:

We had Water chestnut rubies, the taste was on point but I was looking for the tapioca starch on the water chestnuts. It gives the jelly like texture which was missing.

Cho’s trio twister was good as well but as the description said wasabi I couldn’t taste any. The dragon fruit sorbet was good, so was the coconut ice cream.

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Service, Pricing and Location:

Even though the restaurant was fully packed the service team was really quick, much better than other places in terms of speed and efficiency.

Pricing , I would say its slightly expensive for a few but also a few high priced dishes are worth it or reasonably priced , because of the expensive ingredients and the quality. Both fresh and dried produce.

Address: Plot 1335/A, 3rd floor, Road 45, Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad

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