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Walking into this New York landmark's Delhi outpost should fill you with a sense of eager anticipation. The wonderfully extravagant interiors (complete with their famous crystal Buddha) match the luscious greenery outdoors and the experience is punctuated by impeccable servers who guide you through a menu that makes you gush – which is exactly what I’m doing right now. This self-proclaimed modern showcase of Japanese recipes is a must-visit as much for Executive Chef Yutaka Saito's mastery in the kitchen as for the sparkling sake and their vast repertoire of fine vino. An Oriental junkie's sake soaked dream, the bar stocks over 10 varieties of some of the best 'rice wine', most of which are also served by the carafe, if you can't afford a bottle. Our favourite includes the surprisingly floral and honeyed Dassai Migaki Sanwari Kyubu. The cocktails too are silken, blushing Japanese beauties tempting you with the addictively uncomplicated Nature's Glow (Van Gogh melon, Japanese melon, basil leaves), the indulgent Haiku (Ciroc, karakuchi, shoga, litchi, passion extract) and the seductive Sansho + Shochu (Sansho infused Grey Goose, Shochu, fresh pineapple juice). The bar concoctions’ subtle precision and layered flavours are a perfect match for the food with the signature Wagyu Croquettes, Spicy Salmon Belly (elevated by some fresh, pungent wasabi) and creamy Rock Corn Tempura leaving you smiling like a content Cheshire cat!

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Food 3/5 | Décor: 2.5/5 | Service 2.5/5

-By Marryam H Reshii

Considered to be the finest Japanese restaurant in the city, Megu has jaw-dropping splendid interiors. There is an opulent Crystal Buddha statue charmingly placed in the centre of the restaurant and above it hangs a giant magnificent bell that weighs a little under 500 Kg, such is the grandeur of the place. The service ware being used is extremely expensive and luxurious. The menu has some of the signature dishes from the New York restaurant while the rest have been created keeping the local palate and preference in mind. Megu original crispy Asparagus, Wagyu Croquettes, Tofu Carpaccio, Ebi Tempura and Miso soup are some of the signature delicacies that should definitely be given a shot in addition to a lovely array of Sushis. .

Updated about 9hrs ago

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Rarely do you get a brand new restaurant that does fuss-free desi food. This is that rarity.

Atmospherics
Formerly the Aman, the hotel has reverted to being the Lodhi. Elan is the dining room for Indian and western comfort food. For elegant dining there's 'On the Waterfront' near the entrance gate. The mood is cosy more than imposing – the diametric opposite of 'On the Waterfront'. You'll get great tea-time snacks here, some a witty take on international favourites. Elan serves a bewildering array of pickles, chutneys and papads all gratis. Do sample the walnut chutney and the julienned papaya pickle. As a general rule, Elan operates like the dining hall of a small, intimate hotel. The staff will happily cook something out of the menu for you, just like in a hill-station family-run resort.

Table Talk
Desi fish and chips (Rs 725) is, inspite of its rather high price, an extremely witty, tasty take on an international classic. Both the fish and the chips have been batter-fried in a chat-pat spice mix that works brilliantly. I would have loved to have tried the equally interesting desi cheese toast, but will leave it for next time. It’s a fair bet that few Indian restaurants in the capital would include the extremely homely tadka dahi (Rs225) on their menu, but you'll find it here. It consists of dollops of hung curd, to which a light tempering of kadi patta leaves and mustard seeds have been added. Believed in many homes to be more suitable in the winter months than fresh curd, it is an extremely charming footnote to a meal.
There are many other good starters, Dhunkar Ghosht Pasanda (Rs 675) being one. It really does have the pleasant smoky flavour that is implied in the name; and Byadagi Spiced Prawns really does have the distinctive flavour of the fiery red chillies from Byadagi in Karnataka near the Andhra Pradesh border. Lehsuni Palak Tadka with Missi roti (Rs 675) is another unusual find on a restaurant menu, as are most of the vegetarian main courses. You wouldn't think that a restaurant that would serve Bhindi Aamchur Kurkuri and Achari Gajar Matar would do such a good job of Taar Gosht (Rs 795) but the Lamb Shanks were melt in the mouth and the gravy silky, with Mughlai spices.
All desserts are nouvelle.

Plus and Minus
The kitchen uses industrial quantities of spices for just about every dish on the menu.

Must Try
Duck Tawa Masala, Desi Cassata, Gatta Kadhi

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