So very new and this is already the coolest place in town. Once you have made your way through the maize of Hauz Khas Village’s lanes to find this adorable little place, you feel like you are part of a well-kept secret. Seductively lit, and wonderfully eclectic music, that keeps you lingering over your wine and food for hours. I have added admiration for this place because none of the "chefs" are that in the literal sense but a group of friends who came together with the common love of food and creativity. The food is best described as the love child of enthusiastic panache and playful experimentation. Not quite a 4.0 but I'm hoping they will get there.
The menu itself is made-up of all the lovely things that have inspired them from all over the world.
Which they keep wisely concise.
- Zucchini Fritters w/ Gooseberry Sauce - Good even though I feel the batter should have been a little crisper. They actually mixed up the sauces not because they cant get it right but because they're just naughty like that.. And I don't mind ... So we had lime, chilli, soy and I cant remember the other creamier one. Maybe a wasabi cream. They both were made in house and went very well with the fritters actually.
- Fried Chicken Karaage w/ Honey Mustard - And they threw in the gooseberry sauce too. See they know what they're doing, I got my gooseberry sauce after all. The honey mustard was great had quite a kick to it. The gooseberry sauce had a few shreds of cheese in it too which I don't think did much for the sauce (maybe a different cheese) but was good regardless. The chicken was flavourful even without any condiments, nice and juicy inside and crispy outside. They smartly stuck to thigh pieces which definitely stays juicier and more flavourful in preparations like this.
- Pizza - Pear + Rocket + Ricotta - They ran out of rocket but we still wanted this pizza. The pizzas seem to be quite the hit with its presence on all the tables. Super thin, fun to eat, but could have been a little less soggy. Another qualm I had here was with the amount of ricotta on my pizza. Ricotta is a very mild saltless type of cheese which for that reason is optimal in larger chunks to really appreciate its texture and subtlety of flavour.
- Steamed Fish in Banana Leaf w/ Tamarind Rice - This was supposed to be the star of the show but sadly it lacked the flavour to allow it to shine. To be fair I did go before it even hit its 1 month milestone so they were still ironing out a lot of kinks. But I have faith in this place with all that love and creative energy flowing through things are going to be bomb-tastical very soon!
- Melon Balls and Pomegranate soaked in Juice + Wine - Light, refreshing, perfect for any summer night. I love how the simplest things can taste so good!
I would suggest if you are a black and white sort of person avoid going here. But if you can let go a little and go with the flow of this quirky little place and its owners, then its an absolute must!
Budget: Appetisers ranging to about Rs. 200 and Mains from Rs. 350 - Rs. 450
Alcohol: Wine and Beer Only
13A Hauz Khas Village
Labels: Favourites, Hauz Khas Village, Outdoor Seating, Pan Asian, Pizza, Romantic