The first time I went to Etc, I fell in love with their iced tea. The second time, I went to Etc, it was their Vanilla ice cream made with real Vanilla beans that blew-my-mind. The third time, well... I knew exactly what to order.
Because the first two times, I'd also had my handful of misses. First things first, the starters the first time around were as if they were straight out of Golden Dragon or Taste of China (and I don't mean this in a good way) but on my second visit, they had improved by leaps and bounds.
But it's the mains that had me wanting more. Each time I tried a different main, and each time it tasted better than the last time. So this time around I ordered three to tango with.
We started our meal with the iced tea - made with absolutely fresh tea, crushed mint, freshly-squeezed lemon juice and lots of ice, this is perhaps one of the best iced teas I've had in Delhi. It had just the right amount of sweetness, the tea was perfectly brewed and it the spot despite the scorching heat.
Next up were the Water chestnut and carrot money bags, chicken springs rolls thai style and the calamari rings with the citrus mayo. My favourite from the trio were the calamari. The squids were beautifully cooked through and a squirt of lemon, posivitely elevated them. The citrus mayo just complemented the squid in so many ways that it had me thinking why I hadn't done that before.
Also I'm a sucker for spring rolls. But a word of caution, if you don't like lemongrass and coriander then this is a dish to avoid. I, on the other hand had no such problems so was very happy to devour (half) the plate.
The chicken and chinese cabbage dimsum came out next. The beautiful transluscent skin worked well with the array of sauces that were given to us.
The USP of Etc, is that their mains are served as one-pot-meals or Bowl Food as they like to call it. There's a whole range you can choose from - seafood, poultry, veggies and meat. This time around we called for the Chicken Teriyaki, Malaysian Style Lamb Korma and the Vegetable Masaman Curry.
I loved all the three. But I have to add that the Chicken Teriyaki which is served on a bed of Japanese rice has been my favourite forever. Followed closely by the Lamb Korma, which had beautiful flavours of sambal and caramelised onions.
To end our meal we opted for the gauteau chocola with caramel sauce, which was passable but the vanilla bean ice cream, which is hand-made and hand-churned and is F-A-B.
Oh they also give you the option of a Matcha Chiffon Cake, perhaps the first in the city to do so, so that 's worth a try as well.
All in all, I've really enjoyed my eating experience at Etc, and can't wait to go back for a bowl of that Teriyaki Chicken followed by the vanilla bean ice cream.