-By Deepali Gupta
A small rather convivial restaurant in the maze of malls in Saket. The one advantage is that you can alight from your car and step straight into the restaurant. Spice Market lives up to its name with the jars of spices and pickles that adorn the restaurant. Do try the Tandoori items they are all interesting and must-tries Sarson Chicken Tikka, Tandoori Chicken, Mutton Seekh Kebab and Rajputana Soole. Unfortunately, the main courses fall far short. The problem perhaps is the regional menu which is executed by a clueless bunch that is simply not up to the Bengali, Maharashtrian and Gujarati nuances. The Dessert Sampler is a visual delight. The youngcouple who own the restaurant are always at work - a promising sign.
Review posted more than a year ago
I found the place to be cozy, warm and not really uptight for a fine dining restaurant. We were warmly welcomed to a nice booth with cold towels, very refreshing in the delhi heat! Shortly, after we placed the order, the server brought some chilled shikanji shots (on the house) with assorted papads, chutneys and pickles....wow! We were simply shocked at the amount and variety of the complimentary stuff! The yoghurt dip was tooo good! Our soups & starters arrived at the same time...kesar murgh shorba stood out...we had ordered a non-veg platter, and the cool part was that they let us pick any four kebabs of our choice.
Pathar kebab and rajputana sooley were simply marvellous! I had never tried such soft mutton tikkas before with such unique blend of spices the amritsari fish was nice and crisp loved having it with the yoghurt dip...!
Next came our main course...laal maas, chicken lababdar, urlai roast and gujarati kadhi. I have never tried something as divine as the laal maas....very spicy...though not as much as I was fearing it to be...but such tender pieces of meat outstanding flavours...never thought chilli could taste so good!!! Urlai roast was a refreshing change from the standard mughlai fare, paired with gujarati kadhi and hot phulkas was super-delicious..!
We were told that all the mango beverages were being made with fresh mangoes these days so we thought of trying a couple of mocktails like mango lime breeze was like melted mango sorbet....mango mojito was quite nice with chunks of mangoes, a refreshing change and value for money as compared to the synthetic slurry that other restaurants usually serve.
We ended the meal with a dessert sampler which was a platter of mini desserts and loved the mango shrikhand and the gulkand phirni...!
In a nutshell, it was a great place and totally worth trying...especially for the kebabs, laal maas and fresh mocktails!
Favorite Dishes / Drinks: Laal Maas, Pathar Kebab, Amritsari Fish
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