5 Promising Venues To Look Forward To In 2014: Delhi
From Japanese, neo- Asian to imagination-runs-wild decor, 2013 has seen several new places which have opened in Delhi and widened options for its foodies. Here’s a list of the crème de la crème of new eateries Delhi has to offer amongst the huge crop of new places which opened in the last year.
Concept dining is catching on, and Cafe Lota encapsulates the experience of modern Indian food. An insightful menu, all guns blazing when it comes to the quality of the food served as well as the flavours in it, Cafe Lota is a place we would like to spend lazy winter afternoons in. The Crafts Museum and the areas surrounding it have brightened up after Cafe Lota made its entry a couple of months back.
National Crafts Museum, Bhairon Marg, Pragati Maidan, call 91 9811870442
Diva has been known for ushering in modern Indian cuisine to Delhi, and Ritu Dalmia has struck again with her new Diva outlet. While sticking to Diva Piccola’s Asian theme, it explores modern flavours infused in Indonesian and Thai cuisine. The palate is clean with Diva’s signature simple yet sharp flavours, and the decor fresh and innovative, like the food being served. Also, bonus points, Christmas specials are going in the desserts section!
D 17, Besides Petrol Pump, Defence Colony, call 011 40648861
B Bar is an overwhelming sensory experience, audio visual and savoury at the same time. Covered by a huge dome, B Bar’s ceiling is decked up with life-size Buddha statues in a geometrical pattern, a throwback reference to classical South-Asian temple architecture in an otherwise ultra modern set-up. Modern Japanese food is served over here, with quality to reckon with Buddha Bars around the world.
4th Floor, Select Citywalk, Saket, call 011 46098989
A place for the imaginative brethren, Imperfecto is like a well-made Dali-inspired painting. A wishfully rusted scooter, second-hand books, mix-and-match chairs and settees make up the story-book town world of Imperfecto. Food is looked after by the former head chef of Olive Beach Nuria, who has been conducting regular Spanish cooking lessons around town. In short, delicious; spend a debauched evening there these holidays and you will experience what we mean first hand.
1 A/1, Hauz Khas Village, call 11 4109 0093
Guppy by Ai
A modern take on Japanese food, an attempt to make it fun and accessible for even the first timers to the cuisine and a casual, colourful decor (it looks like an arty crèche) makes Guppy by Ai a great place to be at during those holiday family lunch outings. Special recommends are the Miso Soup and the Sushi and Sahimi Bar.
28, Main Market, Lodhi Colony, call 011 24690005, 011 24690006
The name stands for a lost promised land full of prosperity and riches, an oasis in the middle of the desert. Its namesake transported us to a land of culinary delight, made as it is into a visual spectacle, with soft flowy white floor-to-ceiling curtains partially hiding the French windows, and wooden jaali kiosks providing candle-lit privacy perfect for that much delayed romantic dinner. The food belongs to the Mediterranean, and there is a wide selection to choose from the over 30-pages menu, custom made from Iran to North Africa.
Clarion Collection – Qutab, Shaheed Jeet Singh Marg, Near Katwariya Sarai, call 8130466334, 8130466335
Fio Cookhouse and Bar
The presence of Fio has transported Nehru Place to another world altogether, with the huge French windows, the landscaped gardens, the luminescent curtains, the tea-light lit tables and the huge hollow showcases filled up with coffee table recipe books, herb pots and crockery arranged in a charmingly arbitrary manner. The food is definitely a big plus for the place, contemporary Italian food true to its flavours. A place that seems here to stay.
Epicuria, Nehru Place Metro Station, call 011 26281026, +91 9899228666