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Updated about 7hrs ago

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The mountain café

Get lost in the mountains for an hour or two

Atmospherics:

The best part about the restaurant is its interiors. You could be anywhere in the Himalaya during the time you are there. Strongly reminiscent of a wooden hut up in the mountains, the interiors are evocative and have been done by an expert who knew where to throw in a deep armchair and where to place a sal high table. The entire ceiling is formed from logs of wood and the cupboards at the rear are fronted with bark for a rough-and-ready look. Even better than the interiors are the prices. Two persons can easily eat a filling meal for no more than Rs 1,000 – somewhat of a feat in Greater Kailash. The restaurant really does have to take care of its service: it is affably clueless and can easily descend into disaster but for the presence of the three young partners who are always at hand.

Table talk:

Do understand that the food is not Michelin star quality. Neither is it meant to be. Had it been nearer the university, it would have been the top-rated students’ hangout for the comfort food that it dishes up. The plus point is that the French fries are made in-house. They accompany several dishes. The best sections on the menu are the breakfast, the shakes and the burgers. Studiously avoid the pasta section that has stuff like ‘pink sauce’ floating around. Goat cheese omelette with tomatoes, onions and grilled peppers (Rs 395) is a whole meal by itself: all you need is a cup of coffee to wash it down. Most dishes are complete meals by themselves, so be aware that if you are not too hungry, you might like to share a dish with a friend. One exception is Chamonix home-made fries in cheese sauce sprinkled with diced bell peppers. The cheese is poured over the pile of fries with a restrained hand so that even the last chip on the plate remains crisp. The grilled cheese and chicken sandwich is one of the better dishes but if you are looking for a hearty snack, go for the tender chicken breast with melted cheese and mayo (Rs 365).

Plus and minus:

Try any of the desserts blindly: they’re all uniformly appealing. Some of their salads need urgent reworking.

Must try: Old Chapel Club Sandwich; Lamb Burger minced in Worcestershire Sauce; Sakley's Old-style Cold Coffee

Updated about 13hrs ago

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This restaurant gives you the opportunity to enjoy the pleasant weather as you savour the food in one of the best tended gardens of Delhi. You can sit out in the garden under a canopy of decade-old trees which is always crowded with Westerners. The single best dish on the menu is the Moroccan Shoulder of Lamb, succulent and with a lip-smacking sauce. Garden Kebab, New Zealand Lamb Chops, and Qatari Kebabs are other good options, with helpings of Hummus, Moutabel, Tabbouleh and Khuboos. The Non-Veg Mezze Platter and Grilled Chicken Supreme are exciting options. But more than the food it is the atmosphere that draws the crowds..

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Food 3/5 | Décor: 3/5 | Service 2/5

-By Deepali Gupta

Tucked away in one corner of the historic Lodhi gardens, this is one of the most scenic and romantic places to wine and dine. A cobbled pathway lit with diyas and earthen lamps leads to a lush green garden with sprinklers strewn all over. The pasha tents and thick foliage transport you to a surreal world. If you are not game for a romantic garden seating, the neat wooden interiors will ensure a wonderful time. The bar has everything that you could ask for — from Grey Goose to Glenfiddich, from Merlot to Bombay Sapphire. The Wild Honey Martini, Cold Fumes, Yellow Bird, Apple Mojito and Ginger Brew are the best picks among cocktails and Skin Glow, Sweet Bull, Virgin Apple Mojito, Smooth Sensation for mocktails. Have a swig from the Oz wine machine and then choose your wine. From the European and Mediterranean cuisines you can try Moroccan Braised Lamb, Grilled Fillet of Manali Trout, Chicken Breast Stuffed with Spinach and Cheddar Cheese, Smoked Chicken Pasta and Mezze Platter. Enjoying a Sunday brunch during winters is an ideal way to experience this place.

HAPPY HOURS: 4pm to 7pm.

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