Rating : 4/5
Potbelly cafe has managed to create ripples in the delhi food scenes for its popular Bihari cuisine and indigenous, humble yet delicious dishes.
Ambience: The cafe is located at quite a floor! Walk through the slender alleys and dingy staircases to reach the top which is a decently spaced out simple hub at the rooftop. The interiors are quaint and humble. The sitting isn’t as comfortable as I would like but good enough to sit back and chill. The decor is rustic, very homely and the vibe is easy to slip in.
Service : The staff is efficient and courteous. Food arrived at great speed and perfectly hot!
Food : Coming to main hype around this specialised cafe, the menu is concise. It is strictly Bihari with their native snacks and main course dishes. Most items on the menu are deep fried which was a bit disappointing for me but nevertheless they looked very Bihari and typical of the cuisine.
• salted lassi was impeccably made. Frothy, rich and spot on with the spice hit!
• Lemon grass green tea was wonderfully refreshing with clean flavours.
• Mutton chops with mirchi parantha was quite a dish. The mutton was cooked to perfection in an utterly divine sauce with an overly generous trail of oil which was the only thing I would eliminate in the dish. There was a ton of aromatic spicy flavour and the dish was a sure winner. The paranthas were spectacularly crispy and delicious.
It’s a good idea to tell the server to keep a check on the oil content though.
• Chicken masala with boiled rice was again a good dish. The gravy was the basic Indian tomato onion masala simmered in essential spices with tender chicken pieces.
• Meat pakora basket is a typical Bihari starter of deep fried mutton and chicken pieces served with a tangy green chutney. Very homely and extremely satisfying.
Both the dishes came with a side of fresh cut salad and boondi raita which was the perfect accompaniment to the rich foods that we gobbled. The colour palate of most of their dishes is visually stunning.
Verdict: The flight to reach the restaurant might leave you exhausted but the quality of the food is worth it. The cafe is a humble attempt at serving good hearty food at extremely reasonable rates. Worth a visit atleast.
Cost/ person : Rs 600
Will I visit again? Yes.