… of sweet sophistication and cosy couches!
Steal a dose of respite in the brand new living room at 52 Janpath tucked away from the cacophony of commerce outside, which is sort of like home away from home well with a sophisticated coziness!
It has a certain new world charm well meshed with a sense of nostalgia and belongingness. A homestyle restaurant but a touch of pretence here and there (well, that’s not always a bad thing now, is it?) and a sense of upscale sophistication whiffs from the interiors.
Bathed in daylight and divided in a majestic open area and elaborately done up enclosed space.
The interiors deserve a paragraph or two :p. A majestic bookshelf corner, most inviting comfortable couches, a massive scotch cabinet corner, old school wooden furniture perfectly broken in an an eerie but happily nostalgic stone set fireplace and flecks of contemporary art thrown in here and there is just the beginning of this experience. Move out for fresh air and behold a mural decked wall with fresh greenery and pots! Full marks to the brain behind such bliss!
The servers are on their feet but a bit confused too, it’s hard to get their attention but then again, it takes time to get a hang of service in a new place so I decide to cut them some slack and focus on the calming ambience instead and delve into food anticipation.
The menu is safely global comprising of favourites from everyone’s palate. Win win!
We started off with Home style nachos (keeping up the homey vibe obviously) which were sliced deep fried potato chips towered with a melange of tangy salsa and sour cream, oh and some obvious I cheesey goo. Well assembled, crunchy, creamy and tangy. Following this I drooled over this gorgeous Quinoa beetroot tikki which was a surprise flavour bomb of a gooey cheesey center, soft and crunchy elements all going on in a single bite. Highly recommended for vegetarians.
The Three Little Meat Sliders sashay up — incredibly sexy pulled lamb with a flavour so powerful that they’re corrupt — their modesty, or lack thereof, draped in greens between the softest buns you ever took between your teeth. Please just eat it, for the sake of appreciating godly flavours.
Barely recovering from these, I plunge into the Thai Chicken Skewers which taste divine dunked in a silky sweet spicy sauce bombarded with lemongrass, basil and heavy coconut flavours.
Next on I am confronted with the Mediterranean Filo pie potli, yes sounds and looked fancy but was a confused mush on my palate. I would avoid this.
I delved into an array of pizzas. Perfectly crusted, saucy and indulgent with unapologetic amounts of cheese, hey! Can’t complain much, decadent and happy slices of pizza!
For mains I stuck to the traditional generic plates of Indian and some Thai and I was well satiated and well impressed with what I was served.
Extremely rich, flavourful dal makhni and mutton Rogan Josh made in a radioactive thick red curry, tender melting in the mouth meat and just an endless party of zest & spice wolfed down with hot crispy rotis perfumed with the aroma of the tandoor.
I saunter down to the pineapple rice with chicken Thai curry and a sprightly salad that makes a mouthful worthy of a spring. Creamy and perfumed Thai curry with tender chicken bits, crunchy vegetables paired in a heavenly match with sweet & savoury pineapple rice, clean and fresh ingredients there.
Not overly sweet or overburdened with dry fruits, this mango rasmalai is the perfect finisher to the elaborate cornucopia I feasted over!
In an abrasive and hectic city like Delhi, this is a sanctuary of the first order with a cosy vibe that is hard to resist and so easy to slip into, comfort food with big bold flavours and and a chirpy vibe.
Cost/ person : Rs 800
Will I visit again? Yes.