-By Marryam H Reshii
Lofty ceilings and prints, and portraits on the walls give 1911 a historical air. Though there’s nothing on the menu that is actually a heritage dish that dates back to the opening of the hotel, you will certainly be visiting for the timeless elegance from the Raj era. It’s the ambience that wins every time and, of course, the central location in the heart of Lutyens’ Delhi. Their lunch-time buffet is attractively laid out. Other things to look out for on the menu are Chicken Imperial and Croque Monsieur — two of the best-sellers. In fact, just sitting here surrounded by history is a pleasant way to spend an afternoon. During the winter months, chairs and tables are laid out in the lawns, making it one of the most evocative experiences you can have in the city.
Buzz: 3/5 | Décor: 3/5
-By Deepali Gupta
Dusty old Maharajas have always made great drinking buddies and 1911 is unapologetically devoted to them. Housed in Delhi’s oldest hotels, The Imperial, the easy-going bar with its stained glass roof and its wooden furniture feels more like the living room of a Maharaja than a watering hole with art and history milling the walls. The liquor menu is expansive serving over 500 varieties of spirits and when you order their signature drink Chak De Phatte (a concoction of gin, rum, vodka, scotch, tequila and Cointreau) — the server politely warns you of its potency. That cocktail goes straight to your head and while 1911 might not be a hip-hop playing nightclub, they sure know how to kick start an evening. Also serving a near-perfect Bellini, the bar is one of the few in the city that still boasts of two private rooms — Hardinge Room and the Lutyens and Baker Room. That however isn’t the best part; this bar’s USP are the servers who are always eager to strike up a conversation. Though the kitchen does a great Smoked Salmon, 1911’s must have is the melt-in-your-mouth Murgh Malai Tikka that they’ve been serving up for the good part of a century.
Review posted within last 6 month
The staff was very friendly and the hotel is charming and very clean. The prime rib we had for dinner was the best we have ever had and the breakfast buffet was amazing as well.
Review posted within last 6 month
Imperial hotel was once home to the Maharajas and now is best known for its lavish grandeur and decor. The ladies visit it most for the Chanel boutique though:)
1911 is Undoubtedly one of the best coffee shops in Delhi when it comes to Ambience. Its done up in true British colonial style with an all wooden walls and wooden furniture with green upholstery on sofas and chairs. The inside seating is along side a bar and is like many classic Irish cafes and beer cafes in London. The Staff is dressed in Red colored British royal guard like uniforms.
I Love to visit it time and again for that regal old era feel. The Menu though is very limited compared to newer Coffee joints which is its only downer. The multi grain veg sandwich is wholesome and delicious, and is served potato wedges but is expensive at around 900bucks. The veg cheese burger is good and so is the Paneer kathi roll. If you are looking to try the Maincourse, then Dal makhni and Paneer makhni with Paranthas are very good options. My friend tried their Murgh biryani but found it to be too bland. The hot chocolate here is amazing but very heavy. For beer lovers there are draught beers and many other options. Staff here is very courteous and prompt.
The Outside seating is good and near the lawns but is open only if no parties are going on. Otherwise my preference is the area just next to the bar and overlooking the lawns through glass walls.
1911 is perfect for conversations and for a relaxed time as it is very quiet. It is very expensive as a meal for 2 would cost around Rs.3000-3500 but it is worth a special visit especially to experience their Ambience.
Favorite Dishes / Drinks: Fish And Chips, Singapore Cocktail
Review posted more than a year ago
The ambiance of the 1911, restaurant of the Imperial Hotel, is quite mesmerizing. The ambiance is really nice and striking. Walls are adorned with beautiful portraits and paintings. Seating arrangement is comfortable and gives royal look. Service of the restaurant is excellent as well. waiters are properly dressed and our well-mannered. They are polite and friendly as well. food is great too. though the place lacks some of the cuisines, but are great at serving whatever they have. food is well-cooked and nicely presented.
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