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In 2019, after an impressive, almost 50 years on the Hong Kong dining scene, Indian restaurant Gaylord won our inaugural Foodie Forks Lifetime Achievement Award. Despite being a stalwart in the industry, Gaylord is definitely not afraid of trying new things, and after moving to a more modern location at the end of 2019, they also added some new dishes to the menu. This year, they’re introducing an innovative truffle menu of classic Indian dishes with a twist.
Available from 8 February–31 March, the truffle dishes are priced à la carte, allowing you to go full truffle or just add a truffle dish or two to your meal.
To start off, the truffle paneer pakoras ($118) offer a subtle flavour and a pleasant, slightly fried texture, with a lightly flavoured truffle paste sandwiched between pillowy paneer cheese. Those seeking stronger flavours may find this dish a bit too plain.
The truffle chicken malai tikka ($168) is marinated in cream cheese, cardamom and white pepper and topped with black truffle oil. While the chicken was impressively tender, the truffle flavour was rather subtle, and we felt that the chicken itself could have used a touch more spice.
The truffle spinach koftas ($168) were an instant favourite. The soft spinach and cottage cheese balls, with a texture that resembles falafel, beautifully soaked up the robust and creamy spinach curry.
The truffle butter chicken ($218) is a wonderfully fragrant, elevated version of the beloved curry classic. The sweetness of the caramelised onion along with the richness of the creamy truffle sauce and succulent chicken offer a melt-in-the-mouth explosion of flavour.
It goes without saying that the curries simply must be ordered with some onion and cheese truffle naan ($68). This bread makes for a delicious snack all on its own, but it works wonders in enhancing the flavours of the sauces while also making sure that not a drop goes to waste.
The curries are definitely the stars of the show on Gaylord’s truffle menu, with both the spinach and butter chicken positively bursting with flavour. While the truffle is rather subtle in the starters, we recommend ordering a few items from the regular à-la-carte menu too so that you don’t over-truffle it.
Gaylord’s younger sibling restaurant, Gunpowder Indian RestoBar, will also be offering a truffle menu during this period, featuring a few more modern twists on Indian favourites.
5/F, Prince Tower, 12A Peking Road, TST, 2376 1001
This write-up is based on a complimentary media tasting provided in exchange for an honest review and no monetary compensation. The opinions expressed here represent the author’s.
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