When it comes to Indian cuisine, chefs and restaurants everywhere are pushing the boundaries of cooking. Be it the chicken tikka at Devonshire Sq, London or the ‘desi’ curry at Hudson St, New York, everybody is reinventing food via fusion around the globe. Fusion is almost the new gourmet – with an exception of the thelawal Indian-style Chinese of course! It’s true that Toying around with the Indian flavors is no child’s play however, if done right the results are wonderfully delicious. Luckily there are plenty of restaurants in Delhi that have gone the fusion way and below are the best of the lot in the Capital.
Where: DLF Cyber City, Gurgaon
The word “Farzi” may have many connotations, but at Farzi Café, it has just one – creating an illusion with its food. It serves modern Indian cuisine with a presentation oh-so-amazing that it leaves a lasting impression on you. Among their wide variety of food that’ll leave you awestruck, the Rasmalai Tres Leches, Butter Chicken Bun, Karela Calamari and Galouti Burgers are a few that you must try.
Where: The Manor, Friends Colony
Indian Accent has gotten the fusion formula just right. One thing’s for sure, Chef Manish Mehrotra sure knows how to make a customer happy with his innovative cuisine, attention to detail and exquisitely handpicked selection of wine! Their signature dish, the Tandoori Chilean Pork ribs glazed with tamarind chutney and served with tandoori aloo is a thrilling gastronomical delight! In desserts, the must try is their warm Dhoda Barfi Treacle Tart served with homemade ice cream.
Where: National Crafts Museum, Pragati Maidan
If ever you visit the National Crafts Museum in Pragati Maidan, you absolutely have to dine at Café Lota. The café’s offbeat menu is inspired by the owner’s travels across various states. The place is not only known for its wonderful ambience, but also for a great fusion fare. Foodies looking for some amazingly blended Indian and Continental food will love their Bhapa Doi Cheesecake, a delicious innovation made with Bengali sweetened and steamed yogurt.
Where: Taj Mahal Hotel
Being a part of the magnificent Taj Mahal Hotel, one would only expect Varq to be the best and it does not disappoint at all. The food served here is the best and moreover the dishes created by Chef Oberoi are innovative and delicious. Their Varqui Khumb that is finely chopped mushrooms are stir fried using curry powder, garlic and ginger and then served as layering on a crisp filo pastry and the Chicken Gandheri kebabs served in shot glasses with mango chutney at the bottom are a fine example of the luscious fusion spread at Varq.
Where: Le Meridian, Connaught Place
The restaurant lives up to the standards of the age-old Imperial Hotel. The interiors have been tastefully done up complete with a wine library and a menu put together by Opel Khan. The menu is laden with interesting fusion noshes like the Dill & Kasundi Marinated Sole, the Tandoori Broccoli and a beautiful Deconstructed Samosa. Complimented by an overwhelming dessert section that includes the likes of Pineapple Jalebi and Guab Jamun Malai Cheesecake, the fare at Eau De Monsoon brings out Indian flavors with a hint of the west.
Where: M Block Market, GK II
This tech savvy lounge, located in the posh South Delhi area is known for its great food and bustling ambience. Each dish, barring a few classics has a contemporary twist, which is where the name of the restaurant stems from. Meticulous research has been put into the menu with a result of each dish on the menu being handpicked and unique. The Three C’s, an innovation of Chicken, Cheese and Chilli served on a bed of crispy noodles, The Chowpatty Vada Burger and the Cheese Trio of Tandoori Chicken are must haves.
Where: Tagore Garden
Hinglish Café brings you a fusion of Indian and English cuisines. The whole restaurant revolves on the principles of fusion- from their sandwiches, to starters, to the main course. Their Chicken Tikka Croissant is so wonderfully delicious that you would want to have it for breakfast, lunch and dinner. You must also try their Indian version of Pizza– the base consists of naan and toppings include makai (corn), dhingari (mushrooms) etc.
Where: Connaught Place
Café Immigrant is exactly what it sounds like – a potpourri of fusion on a plate; an assortment of immigrant stories, told sensitively yet dynamically in the form of various culinary delights are narrated in every preparation. The idea of Café Immigrant was born out of the wide canvas of all immigrant stories in history. Therefore, the unique focus at this café is on Indian immigrants all across the globe, men and women creating new foods everyday out of their own realities. Do try the Grilled Chicken, the Panch Phoran Fries and Salad and the Young Aam Papad Salad when here.