From outside, Kim Ling appears interesting. Bright red exteriors with a very chinese-y look! I enter the place for lunch & I felt like I was there for dinner. Dimly lit & kinda a little creepy in there. As my eyes got adjusted to the sudden difference in lighting, I notice the cute chinese laughing buddhas, lanterns & the works & I decide that the ambience is not all that creepy after all.
We weren't really hungry so didn't order much food. We had:
Chicken fried rice
Gai rod chicken
Chilly fried vegetable
Vegetable manchow noodles
Vegetable balls in Hunan sauce
The chicken fried rice was decent. Nothing much to speak about. Gai rod chicken is a must have dish. It's basically crispy chicken in a sweet & spicy sauce. Perfectly crisp, not too hard to chew. Interesting dish! The chilly fried vegetable was much better than the one served at most other restaurants. The vegetable balls in hunan sauce was good. The hunan sauce had a distinct flavour of soya bean. The noodles was good, nothing extra ordinary but wasn't disappointing either.
The lime soda was a disaster. It was super sour & i had to request the server to serve me another glass of it which he did. Their second try was slightly better but still failed to impress me. There was something wrong about it. When a place doesn't get their lime soda right, it's a huge turn-off for me ;)
Service was mediocre. The servers, I felt were a little slow. Placing the order was a pain.
The menu is rather vast & there were quite afew interesting sounding dishes. the one that caught my eye was 'fuyong' which is basically the chinese version of an omelette. You can get it stuffed with chicken or sea food. Definitely going to try it next time I'm at Kim Ling. So yes, Kim Ling is worth more than just one try!
The bill came upto Rs566. Quite reasonably priced, in my opinion considering the generous portions.
So that's Kim Ling for me- reasonably priced chinese restaurant located at a nice place, serving good food.