The Silk Route opens in Delhi's Vasant Kunj
The Silk Route opens in Delhi's Vasant Kunj

The Silk Route, an authentic Chinese restaurant, will be opening its gates on 14th January 2017 in Vasant Kunj, Delhi for food connoisseurs to experience a wholesome culinary journey with authentic Chinese flavours.

A brainchild of Yi Ti hospitality Owners & Businessmen, Sarvesh Kumar and Nafisul Quamar Jilani, the restaurant draws inspiration from the ancient network of the Sino- India trade route ‘The Silk Route’.

For centuries the Silk Route has been significant in exchange of ideas, trade and tradition. The restaurant symbolizes the Asian sensibilities of design and epicurean delight drawn from the cultural interaction of the Silk Route from 200 BC.

Inspired by the Chinese gastronome this restaurant has a thoughtfully designed a-la-carte menu featuring an extensive variety of vegetarian and non-vegetarian classics that capture the unique culinary essence of the authentic Chinese flavours.

‘Silk Route’ has specially flown in a seasoned corporate chef, Chef Li Xialolong from China for the diners to experience the diversity of the Chinese cuisine. The Silk route kitchen crew is a team of three specialized chefs namely Chef Li Xiaolong and Chef Lu Khai min from China and Master Chef fame Chef Sadaf Hussain from India. They will be teaming up together to create a unique combination of imaginative, creative and high-quality Cantonese cuisine and extraordinary desserts respectively. The food menu is complimented by a bar-menu that offers a selection of cocktails and beverages along with regular alcohol offerings.

“We want to make sure that each guest relishes not just the magic of our spices but the ecstasy of the art of Silk Route. The origin as the ambience, the old world charm as the palette. We invite you to The Silk Route to experience the truly Chinese affair. Everything from selection of crockery and presentation of food to maintain the conventional allure of each dish has been designed to the customers delight,” shares the owners.

Chef Li Xiaolong is excited for his new venture in a vibrant country like India; being his first time here he is looking forward to serve the Indian guests. He has created the menu trying to offer more dining options under the categories of appetiser, soup, fresh seafood, dim sum and premium Cantonese dishes. In addition to the à la carte menu, Chef Li is adept at preparing exclusive personalised Cantonese cuisine according to the taste preferences of diners on the day.

Chef Li Xiaolong has had the pleasure of serving the Indian Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi on his recent visit to China.Chef Li Xialong has been trained in traditional Yue style cuisines which focuses on preserving the original and natural taste of every ingredient of the dish, with use of less oil.

Our Unit Chef Lu Khai min has previously been associated with Nanking Ahmedabad and Delhi along with Ling's pavilion Mumbai. He is an expert of mainland traditional Chinese cuisine and loves to experiment with Oriental herbs and spices. His numerous patrons vouch for his seafood culinary skills.

Commenting on the upcoming launch Chef Sadaf emphasises that ‘the menu at The Silk Route features fresh, seasonal ingredients and assures authenticity in every plate with a classic interpretation of Gan and Cantonese style of cookery. The idea is to invite food aficionados on a delightful gourmet expedition taking the customers in an era of the original silk route’. There is an exclusive dessert menu created by Chef Sadaf as he is a dessert expert and it is his specialty.

Spread across 2,500 sq. ft., the 90 seating restaurant depicts contemporary take on perceived oriental design. Tastefully designed by ace architect Sanjiv Malhan of Office For International Architecture (OFIA), the interiors resonate authentic and humble products from Chinese décor. Elements like organic bamboo ceiling, and hand woven cane furniture has been custom designed for the place, the suave splash of the colours beige and red in the ambience reflect the tranquility of Chinese tradition in the restaurant.

Sanjiv in the design elements has incorporated embellishments like red coloured bird cage lamps, and exquisite jaali patterned wall and window panels to the fancy atmosphere of Asian luxury in the restaurant. The red quilted upholstered sofas and cushions sewn with elegant silk fabrics comprise the Asian theme. The restaurant also offers two private dining areas for get-togethers for a seating of ten people. 

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