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  • Food: 3 / 5
  • Service: 3 / 5
  • Decor: 3.5 / 5

-By Marryam H Reshii

If you live in Delhi, chances are that you've thought in Hindi and spoken in English. Or thought in both languages and spoken in both. In the same sentence of course. You may have eaten a desi breakfast and an Italian lunch. Or vice versa. That is the spirit that Hinglish celebrates: the crossover between Hindi and English. One merges into the other so insidiously in this city of ours that nobody can actually pinpoint where one starts and the other ends. So you can have an entirely desi meal, a completely western one, or a blend of elements of both, the likes of which is only possible in Delhi.

Hinglish has an unbeatable location on the ground floor of the finest mall in all of west Delhi: Pacific Mall. There is a courtyard with a couple of cabanas on it. Each of them acts like a private dining room, complete with air-conditioning in the summer months. Inside the restaurant, there is sofa seating as well as conventional restaurant seating. And just outside, near the main porch, is a play area for tiny tots, complete with trained staff. Mothers can catch up with friends in the restaurant while watching their toddlers have fun at the play pen. The salad bar at the entrance does double duty: you can have treat it like a first course and have one plateful or make a meal of it with unlimited helpings.

By far and away the most popularly ordered item on the Hinglish menu is the tiffin (Rs 175-250). Identical in concept to a thali, yet vastly different in presentation, I personally would not go to a restaurant to order a gussied up thali, but then, it takes all sorts…. Far more interesting are the sandwiches. The desi ones include keema bun (Rs 225) and Chicken Tikka Croissant (Rs 225), both novel options, excellently presented. The angrezi variations include grilled ham trencherman (Rs 225) and peanut butter jelly sandwich (Rs 195): neither one particularly common on Delhi menus.

By the same token, you can get pizza Margherita (Rs 150) and four cheese pizza (Rs 250) as well as nazzas – the Indian version, whose base is made of naan, and whose topping includes the likes of dhingri aur makai (Rs 250) and mutton kebab (Rs 250). If there's one city that has taken foreign influences in cuisine and integrated them into part of its own repertoire, it is Delhi. Hinglish does not try to be cheeky in presenting the desi take on various items from the western world: it does so in a matter of fact way. You get to decide if you want beer battered fish fingers (Rs 295) or kesari machchi tikka (Rs 325) and you have the privilege of deciding which one works for you.

The result of this extremely eclectic menu is that the crowd that visits Hinglish is mixed as a result. However, the space, the music and the sheer appeal of the food is such that you have to 'get' the thought behind the samosa and bread pakoda with ghugni (Rs 95) washed down by a glass of cutting chai to be able to appreciate it for what it is.

Bread and butter pudding (Rs 135) is the dessert that has become something of a signature.

Hinglish - The Colonial Cafe
  • Food: 1.5 5
  • Service: 1.5
  • Decor: 2

Review posted this week

Hinglish has an unbeatable location on the ground floor of the finest mall in all of west Delhi: Pacific Mall. There is a courtyard with a couple of cabanas on it. Each of them acts like a private dining room, complete with air-conditioning in the summer months. Inside the restaurant, there is sofa seating as well as conventional restaurant seating. And just outside, near the main porch, is a play area for tiny tots, complete with trained staff. Mothers can catch up with friends in the restaurant while watching their toddlers have fun at the play pen. The salad bar at the entrance does double duty: you can have treat it like a first course and have one plateful or make a meal of it with unlimited helpings.

Favorite Dishes / Drinks: Paneer Tikka

Hinglish - The Colonial Cafe
  • Food: 3.5 5
  • Service: 4
  • Decor: 2

Review posted this week

We needed to catch a movie and we were looking for a nice place to have a beer . I have inquired from all 3 places serving liqueur in Pacific mall but they all had Foster and 2 had miller as domestic options . No Budweiser , no kingfisher no nothing . This is the scene in West Delhi were Restaurant don't know how to maintain a decent stock or they have some special tie up with FOSTER

Finally we gave in and choose a all in hell pitcher which was suppose to have 600 ml of alcohol mixed , now that's too much for 3 people right ! but as the drink came it seemed a very light one and then we had to send it back to get it right . It came back but would not recommend ordering a cocktail at this place . I would not recommend drinking at this place at all

Coming to the food . -

Dahi ke kebab were really nice and was not a finger food as served at other bars in Delhi . 4/5 dish

Pizza was once again good and had a nice crust and sauce - 3/5

Then we though of ordering something different so we went for Sahi paneer pasta , It sound crazy and so was the taste . It's a one time have for the taste of it 3/5

This could be a good place if they manage this place well as it has good food .

Hinglish - The Colonial Cafe
  • Food: 4 5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Decor: 4

Review posted within last 6 month

very good restaurant loacted inside the Pacific Mall - Tagore Garden, Delhi . staff and service is very good and so as the ambiance. nice place to dine with family. i like their Methi Thepla

Favorite Dishes / Drinks: Methi Thepla

Hinglish - The Colonial Cafe is a Indian Restaurant best known for Indian food and is located at Pacific Mall, 39, Ground Floor, Tagore Garden, Delhi NCR, 110027. Hinglish - The Colonial Cafe (Indian Restaurant) also serves Drinks, European/Continental, Fusion and Snacks. Get reviews, Rating, Menu and Address of Hinglish - The Colonial Cafe Indian Restaurant at Timescity.

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