Kitchens of Asia - Famous Cuisines of Asia Under One Roof

My quest for the best authentic Japanese cuisine ended last week at a fine dining restaurant called Kitchens of Asia.


Popularly known as KoA, this Pan-Asian restaurant is located on Level 1 of the DLF CyberHub in Gurgaon. True to its name, KoA exhibits famous cuisines of Asia under one roof - besides Japan, KoA also serves cuisines from China, Thailand, and Korea.

[PS] Indian and Nepalese cuisines are still not part of the KoA menu; you'll anyway not come to KoA looking for Indian or Nepalese food!

Kitchens of Asia

Truly Pan Asian

Brainchild of restaurateurs Amit Arora and Ankur Mahajan, KoA was open to public on November 27, 2014. The restaurant is famous for its live kitchen and live dimsums, besides serving the best authentic Japanese food like sushi.


If you are a sucker for live grills, KoA has the best of both worlds - the Teppanyaki and Robata grills. Expensive seafood like lobsters can also be ordered from KoA's exhaustive menu.


With a cover area of approximately 500 square yard, the restaurant can easily accommodate close to 100 people at any given time. Seating is available both inside and outside (alfresco).

Inside Seating Arrangement at KoA
Inside Seating Arrangement at KoA
Inside Seating Arrangement at KoA

The bar is in capable hands of Surinder Malik, who completed a mixology course with a leading Bar Academy in 2009.

Bar Area at KoA
Bar Area at KoA

At present, KoA employs nearly 25 people, including supervisors, servers, housekeeping personnel, etc. The restaurant has won several accolades for its food and service, the most recent being the Pan Asian Delicacy Award in 2015 from Zomato. No wonder then, it is frequented by corporates, families, and youngsters, alike. 

Kitchens of Asia
Beautiful Decor at Kitchens of Asia
Musical Instruments at Kitchens of Asia
Buddha painting and Zomato Award at Kitchens of Asia
Sumeet and Me at Kitchens of Asia
Menu at Kitchens of Asia
Menu at Kitchens of Asia

You won't find a DJ or his console here but live bands keep performing every now and then, plus you also have calendar events to draw you in.

Live Teppanyaki Grill

I was escorted to the live Teppanyaki grill by none other than the restaurant manager, Amit Rohilla.

Restaurant Manager at KoA - Amit Rohilla

Amit has over six years of experience in the F&B space; he is also a part-time mixologist.

Amit Rohilla, Me, and Sumeet Panda (a foodie)

As I sat adjacent to the live Teppanyaki grill, waiting for Chef Kunal Bahl to arrive, Amit ordered the best-selling, signature cocktail at KoA, Royal Dynasty, for me.

Royal Dynasty

Royal Dynasty is a unique combination of Shirley Temple (a non-alcoholic mixed drink made of orange juice, Sprite, and Grenadine Syrup) poured over vodka based Elderflower and passion fruit syrup. I would rate this cocktail 4 out of 5 for its classic presentation and extraordinarily good taste.

It was just a matter of time before Chef Kunal Bahl joined us to showcase his culinary skills at the live grill. Kunal is currently a chef at Benihana, who has donned the responsibility to train the cooking staff at KoA. He is with KoA from last three months only. In the past, he worked for reputed brands like Penang! London, Marriott International, and Jom Makan.

Chef Kunal Bahl

Chef Kunal obtained his postgraduate degree in culinary arts from the Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College in the United Kingdom (2010) and also has a hotel management degree from the Rai University in India (2007).

Live Teppanyaki Grill at KoA

Sitting near the live Teppanyaki grill and seeing Chef Kunal in action was truly inspirational and a unique experience! Not only did he cook authentic Japanese dishes right in front of my eyes, he also provided various insights on the Japanese ingredients used in these dishes.

Hibachi Garlic Rice
[My rating: 5 out of 5]

Cooked in soybean oil, the Hibachi Garlic Rice leverages the true flavors of Japanese Kohoko rice mixed with vegetables, butter, garlic, and Japanese soy sauce. No salt or pepper is added, since soy sauce already contains some salt.

Hibachi Garlic Rice (Before Preparation)
Hibachi Garlic Rice (During Preparation)
Hibachi Garlic Rice (Almost there!)
Hibachi Garlic Rice

Silken Tofu with Mushroom, Cabbage, and Broccoli
[My rating: 4.5 out of 5]

The tender tofu used in this dish is imported from Mumbai. Cooked in mustard oil, this dish is a veggie's delight.

Silken Tofu with Mushroom, Cabbage, and Broccoli (Before Preparation)
Silken Tofu with Mushroom, Cabbage, and Broccoli

Sole (Fish)
[My rating: 5 out of 5]

Cooked in oriental Thai fish sauce, the Soul fish is best served with broccoli, baby corn, bok choy, and carrots.

Sole (Fish) and Tiger Prawns (Before Preparation)
Sole (Fish) and Tiger Prawns (During Preparation)
Sole (Fish) and Tiger Prawns

Tiger Prawns
[My rating: 4.5 out of 5]

The prawns can either be made crispy or soft, depending on your palate. Cooked in lemon butter garlic sauce, Tiger Prawns taste heavenly when mixed with coconut, lemon grass, basil, and Galangal (Thai ginger).

Tiger Prawns (Crispy)

Chicken Thighs
[My rating: 5 out of 5]

Chicken thighs have plenty of flavors as it is, so cooking in Japanese Teriyaki sauce is perfect icing on the cake. If you're a strict vegan, go for the mushrooms cooked in Tonkatsu sauce along with broccoli; you have a winner at hand either ways.

Chicken Thighs (During Preparation)
Chicken Thighs

Thai Chicken Green Curry
[My rating: 4 out of 5]

Having visited Thailand at the start of year, I can vouch for this aromatic and creamy Thai Green Curry made of chicken, aromatic herbs and spice powders, and lemon grass. Go, treat yourself to an authentic taste of Central Thai curry, best served with steamed rice.

Once the live grill cooking was done with, I requested Amit to introduce me to the Executive Chef at KoA, Xavier Lappacha. Unfortunately, Xavier was not to be seen around, so I ended up meeting Chef Tshering Lepcha instead. Originally from Darjeeling, Chef Tshering has been working with the restaurant from past three months.

Offering from Chef Tshering - Prepared for Yours Truly

Sushis

Dragon Bridal Roll
[My rating: 4 out of 5]

With a name like this, you'd always be second-guessing I guess. Essentially, the Dragaon Bridal Roll is crabmeat and cucumber rolled with avocado, eel, and tobiko.

Dragon Bridal Roll

You can also go for Crunchy Prawn Roll, made of baked prawn, crab meat, sticky rice, sesame seeds, nori, and pickled ginger.

Crunchy Prawn Roll

Robata Grill
[My rating: 5 out of 5]

Make sure you try these two dishes, straight from the Robata Grill: Crispy Stoned Tofu with pineapple and wasabi and Grilled Asparagus with sweet soy sauce.

Grilled Asparagus with sweet soy sauce
Crispy Stoned Tofu with pineapple and wasabi

Desserts

Chocolate Sushi
[My rating: 5 out of 5]

A sushi rice ice-cream coated with chocolate flour, best served with strawberry and kiwi crush dips.

Chocolate Sushi

Ice-cream Tempura
[My rating: 5 out of 5]

Spring rolls with vanilla ice-cream filling.

Ice-cream Tempura

Finally, KoA offers mouthwatering Asian treats to tantalize your taste buds. 

Sumeet and me at KoA
Sumeet and Me at KoA

If you are a listed corporate, dine at KoA to avail a flat 10% discount on food.


Whichever way, you are bound to walk out of KoA as a happy camper!

KOA - Kitchens of Asia Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato