-By Marryam H Reshii
Montreal meets Mehar Chand MarketnnFrench restaurants have never been success stories in Delhi because of the perception that they are only about haute cuisine, a concept that dogs Delhi's dining public. Chez Nini is French, but it's about comfort food in warm surroundings, and it's from Montreal anyway.nnAtmospherics: Modest Mehar Chand Market is going to be the next destination for alternative chic. The cozy eatery on the ground floor is dominated by an enormous 'tree' made from scrap iron while the no-fuss furniture is wood. Pottery tableware sets the tone for the comfort food that Chef Nini serves.nnTable Talk: Do not miss the New Delhi French onion soup (Rs 290), the best, most original version ever to come to our city. The chicken stock is very intensely flavoured with browned onions and the artisanal rye bread layered with grated cheese is a metaphor for what Chez Nini is all about. On the face of it, it would seem like a rustic touch - a hunk of coarse bread, soaking in distinctively flavoured soup. However, scratch the surface and you'll see that this quality of rye bread is not made anywhere in the city, not even in the five star hotels. Behind the scenes, the kitchen sweats the small stuff, but so effortlessly is it done and so artlessly is it presented, that the crowds that throng here every evening never get to see the labour. Nini's poutine (Rs 325) is the quintessential comfort food of Montreal. A combination of crisp French fries in gravy, topped with cheese, it would have been a killer dish had the fries been more crisp: it is the ratio between the crispness of the fries and the sogginess of the gravy that is the all-important factor here. Spiced rubbed chicken Coq au Vin (Rs 550) was served in a stoneware bowl and had salad greens, whole baby potatoes, croutons, button mushrooms and a generous joint of roast chicken. Hearty chicken stew for the soul as it were.nnPlus and minus: Nini is the owner and the chef. It is she who goes to each table as well. Without her, the little eatery would be headless: the staff are affably clueless.nnThree recommendations: Confit of Duck Legs, Crab and Corn Croquettes, Vegetarian Chili and House-Made Cheese Curd.
Review posted within last 6 month
Starting this week for those who are fans of Chez Nini (Delhi) and their Desserts, you can order their full Cakes, Tarts and more online at Le Petite Pantry http://www.lepetitepantry.com and have them delivered at your residence.
Favorite Dishes / Drinks: Carrot Cake
Review posted more than 6 month ago
so, can someone tell me how bland is the French food supposed to be?any hospital food tastes way much better!all this hype abt CHEZ NINI!!the foods soooo badd...like the soup which was a french onion soup had too much salt,the olive focassia was dripping of olive oil and had no salt .the starter( chicken balotine)and the main course!the "pan seated sole pinwheel" and "spice rubbbed chicken coq au vin"omg!!!horrible !!horrible!!never again im trying french food also if its supposed to be so bland!!ALSO,the place had 5 empty tables for the 1.5 hours i was there and they continously on the phone told me they are fully booked.like seriously this restaurnats a joke!yuckkk! plzzzzzzz dnt think of trying it.and im sure they gave money to ht city for all that publicity!such a bad experience!:(very disappointed! also,the real sad cookie crumb things they serve with their bill will make you want to throw up!
Review posted more than 6 month ago
The place can be described as the "best" in town. Their food is just awesome as if made by some expert chefs. The owner of the place makes it possible that everyone is enjoying the place and is served well. The staff is also very polite and helping. Unmatched place, just loved it!
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