Big Wong XL – A Pan Asian Restaurant in Koramangala, Bangalore

Big Wong, an established name for Pan Asian cuisine in Delhi NCR recently opened their restaurant in Bangalore in the Koramangala area. I had been a regular customer of the oldest Big Wong restaurant in Baani Square, Gurgaon and I wanted them to open the chain in Bangalore as I was missing their food for so long. Recently, when I saw their board as Big Wong XL in Koramangala, I wondered if it’s the original Big Wong from Gurgaon or a similar named other restaurant. So, I went there one fine evening and on enquiring, they happily told me that it’s the same restaurant chain from Gurgaon.

The restaurant size is big enough, and they have a beautiful décor. It’s situated at a prime location near Jyoti Nivas College so it’s easy to find and they offer valet parking as well. The lighting is dim and perfect for a dinner date or to celebrate an occasion.

ORDER, TASTE, AND QUALITY:

I went there with a group of friends, so we tried out many dishes from their menu, I started off with mocktails and tried their Virgin Pina Colada and Basil Apple drink.

In starters, I tried their Corn with Spinach, Steamed Fish with Black Bean Sauce, Honey Crispy Chicken, Chilli Honey Lotus Stems, Cheese Rolls, Prawn Tempura, and Smoky Crispy Lamb.

They also offer a variety of Sushis and dim sums. So, I tried Corn and Spinach and Chicken Siu Mai dim sum, and from the options to choose in Shushi, I chose to have Crab Stick Kani and Veg Tempura Roll.

After having so many starters, I had not much appetite left for main course, but I wanted to try out, so I had Pad Thai and Green Thai Curry served with Sticky Rice.

In desserts, I had Darsaan and Choco Bomb.

Virgin Pina Colada was as usual, nothing different but tasted good. The Basil Apple drink was quite refreshing, and I loved it. The drink was tempting and the presentation was good.

Corn and Spinach was delectable and drool-worthy. I liked it and the crispy spinach on top added a lot of flavour and visual appeal.

Steamed Fish with Black Bean Sauce was appetizing, and the fish was cooked to perfection.

Honey Crispy Chicken is a good-to-have starter at Big Wong. It had a bit of sweetness mixed with spices to make it an awesome preparation. The surface was crisp while the chicken was soft from inside.

Chilli Honey Lotus Stems and Cheese Rolls were also toothsome.

Being a seafood fan, I loved their Prawn Tempura. It was palatable and flavourful. The prawns were fresh, and the quality was good.

Smoky Crispy Lamb didn’t impress me much. It was an average preparation and although, not bad but nothing much to crave for.

Both the Corn and Spinach and Chicken Siu Mai dim sums were pretty average and had a wow factor missing in them. It was neither a great preparation nor something excellent but yes, taste wise they weren’t bad, just average. The dim sums were not soft and not too hard as well. Between the two dim sums that I tried, I liked Corn and Spinach better than the Non-Vegetarian Siu Mai.

I was disappointed to some extent after trying their Sushis. They have really good starters and other main course dishes but sadly, the Sushis, which I tried were not good in taste. I am putting this experience in a gentle language so as not to sound harsh on my favourite restaurant since long, but I was definitely disappointed. They need to work on it to take it to the next level. The Veg Tempura Roll is somewhat better and edible but the Crab Stick Kani, not at all.

Green Thai Curry with Sticky Rice was OK in taste, and it had an aroma of Thai condiments. The flavours were intact and authentic.

Pad Thai was again an authentic preparation and thanks to Big Wong for keeping the authenticity alive in it. It tasted good and the flavours were just perfect.

In desserts, Darsaan was made with crispy honey wonton strips and vanilla Ice cream. It was pleasant in taste, and the texture was a bit sticky.

Choco bomb had a lot of innovation and they had added Snickers to it. The taste was really good, and I liked it.

SERVICE AND AMBIENCE:

The service at Big Wong is a big plus point, as they have a very polite and courteous staff. They are well trained and know the etiquettes. The service here is at par with some starred hotels.

Ambience is perfect for a date or social gathering with dim lights and nice décor. It is upmarket and classy. They also have some funny quotes written in the washroom, which are hilarious and might make you laugh. The seating is comfortable, and they have many options to choose from in the seats.

Operational Hours:

12 Noon to 11:00 PM, Monday to Thursday

12 Noon to 1:00 AM, Friday to Sunday

Location: https://goo.gl/maps/yG1dsp2mfj52

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Zomato: https://www.zomato.com/bangalore/big-wong-xl-koramangala-5th-block

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