Sagar Ratna, situated at the Ashoka Hotel, is the Mecca of South Indian food in New Delhi. It provides one of the best experiences. The ambiance is spartan and the food is extraordinary. It seems like Sagar has a virtual monopoly in the South Indian food business. Even today, it continues to be the crown jewel of the famous chain. The restaurant is even better than the original Sagar in Defence Colony; the food is almost as good and the crowd is a lot less. Apart from the standard fare of idli's and dosa's, you could try the South Indian thali for variety, which has not-so-common delicacies. For many people, it is a weekend ritual and for those who have not tried it, I suggest they out it in their to-do lists.
The newly renovated Aman restaurant is far superior than the previous one. The decor is more lively and cosmopolitan than before. Also they have come up with a whole new menu. It offers a variety of cuisines including Indian, Italian and Thai. The food is excellent. I tried the mushroom soup for starters. It was extraordinary in taste and texture. For the main course, I had the ricotta ravioli. It was simply divine. My sister ordered pizza and loved it also. Friends ordered their standard kaali daal, paneer tikka and butter chicken and rated it highly as well. The restaurant was eerily quiet which took away from the buzz and ambiance which is typical. Another disappointment: the helpings were inadequate. If the Aman is successful in rectifying these two things they will find a regular customer in me and many others.
Dhaba is situated in the Claridges Hotel, New Delhi. I personally feel the Indian food served in Dhaba is one of the best in all of Delhi. The ambiance is rustic and has a quasi-rural feel. That is the way the restaurant was designed. The food matches the ambiance and it actually makes me feel as if I am sitting in a dhaba. It offers a traditional north Indian cuisine. Over the last year or so, Dhaba has become one of my favourite restaurants and I have been going there frequently. Some of my favourite dishes include their Dal Makhani, Malai Kofta and Gobi Masala. Even though the food in Dhaba isn't very innovative, it has a special touch to it, and I definitely recommend trying it out.
Last week, we went to 361 for a lazy Sunday lunch. Our experience was extraordinary. The ambiance is that of a resort, and it is hard to believe that we were in heart of Gurgaon. The one acre water body, which the restaurant overlooks, is truly magnificent. Even better is the Sunday lunch buffet, which includes live food stations and a remarkable selection of breads (they have their own bakery), salads (organic), starters and main courses (combination of Indian, oriental and western), and deserts (the best in all of Delhi). They will also get you anything from their regular menu, even though it is not in the buffet. Since we are regular guests, they know us by name and they can almost predict what we want to order, which makes it feel like home. I suggest, people try out 361, it is far closer than people think, especially on a Sunday afternoon, and the experience makes you feel that you have just been on a mini vacation.
Last week, we went to 361 for a lazy Sunday lunch. Our experience was extraordinary. The ambience is that of a resort, and it is hard to believe that we were in heart of Gurgaon. The one acre water body, which the restaurant overlooks, is truly magnificent. Even better is the Sunday lunch buffet, which includes live food stations and a remarkable selection of breads (they have their own bakery), salads (organic), starters and main courses (combination of Indian, oriental and western), and deserts (the best in all of Delhi). They will also get you anything from their regular menu, even though it is not in the buffet. Since we are regular guests, they know us by name and they can almost predict what we want to order, which makes it feel like home. I suggest, people try out 361, it is far closer than people think, especially on a Sunday afternoon, and the experience makes you feel that you have just been on a mini vacation.
La Piazza is one of the many Italian restaurants in Delhi. It has extraordinary food, the drinks are said to be nice and the the ambience is decent. However last week my experience wasn't as good as I expected. Our Caprese salad was excellent, but they forgot to serve us water. We had to repeatedly ask for our drinks and it seemed that our waiter was over worked. Also, my spaghetti aglio olio was bland and not very appetising. I wanted to change it and it toke me a while to get the attention of the waiter. They substituted it with another spaghetti with mixed cream and tomato sauce, which was excellent. Their Pizza La Piazza, which is said to be one of their signature dishes, was good as usual. However, getting extra plates and cutlery seemed to be a Herculean task, which it need not have been. We topped our meal with their Chocolate Bomb desert, which was worth the wait. Our bill also took a long time to come, and if only La Piazza had allocated waiters to tables in a more focused manner, our experience would have been less annoying and more hearty. On the whole, a good restaurant which desperately needs better service.
Step 1 - Head to the Manor Hotel in Friends Colony. Parking is difficult but you will find it. Step 2 - Enter the modern Manor Hotel, which feels more like a guest house than a standard hotel, more casual and more inviting. Step 3 - As you enter the Indian Accent restaurant, hear the soft santoor music and absorb the modern minimalistic decor. Step 4 - Browse through the menu. Everything here is different. And very good. Some of the dishes on this innovative "East meets West" menu seem rather odd but be adventurous; you will be suitably rewarded. Step 5 - With your drinks, as they serve you complimentary baby naans with melted blue cheese topping, order more, you are going to love it. Step 6 - Have paneer tikka and aloo with ragda as your starters. I would give those an A . Step 7 - Have khandvi ravioli with ricotta cheese and Chowpatti in a bowl as your main courses. Wow! if you want more standard Indian fare, just ask the chef, as they are very accommodating. Step 8 - All deserts are good, we are spoilt for choice! Step 9 - Leave a good tip for homely service, taste the churan as a mouth freshener, and as you head home, think about how often one can come to a restaurant like this. We, a foodie family, decided 4-5 times a year!
Baci is one of my many favourite Italian restaurants. It has a New York style urban chic feel, with a bar on the ground level and a casual dinning restaurant at the upper level. It has excellent food, carefully prepared with mostly imported ingredients. The menu is extensive though a bit dated. My family were fans of Amici in Khan Market, though the middle lane in Khan market is rather uninviting and we often thought what it would like to have Amici in a better location. When we discovered Baci, it's sister restaurant in Sunder Nagar market, we were quite thrilled. Even today we go there quite often; last time was two days ago. For appetisers, we ordered two salads. The first was our usual vegetarian Caesar salad. I thought it was the best Caesar salad I had ever had. The greens were fresh and crunchy, there was ample dressing and it seemed right out of a farmers market. The Caprese salad (tomato and mozzarella salad) was also pretty good, with truly fresh mozzarella and ripe tomatoes. For the main course, we ordered several dishes, out of which my favourite was the Quattro Formaggi pizza(four cheese pizza). My father loved the standard spaghetti with chunky tomato sauce. Other dishes we liked there include the mushroom risotto and asparagus ravioli. Their drinks stood out too. My Virgin Mojito was extraordinary and my Mom says her Chardonnay was also excellent. We didn't order desert as a result of excessive main course, though in the past I remember the deserts were very good. For those who are purists, looking for a good meal in a decent setting and with efficient staff, this is perfect place.
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