Javed, the owner was a wonderful host to such a perfect night. From the beginning to the end we were treated not as guests but as friends. It was such a great pleasure to get to know him as a person and the story behind this fantastic 'One Hat' award winning restaurant.
All the staff were amazing, extremely friendly, helpful, knowledgeable and humorous! My mum was one of my guests for the night and this was her first 'Indian' food experience and she was taken aback by the taste, textures and flavours- according to her it was more than she expected.
The very tasty and pretty Vegetarian Share Platter...
Spices lingered the air and our bellies rumbled in anticipation of what our meal was going to be. Once the food arrived we were all in awe of the beauty of the presentation and as we took our first 'taste test' we were all surprised of how remarkably tasteful each dish was.
We started off with two entrees, a vegetarian and non-vegetarian share plate. The vegetarian dish consisted of Cocktail Samosa, Kaju Dana and Khasta Raj Kachori ($29). The Cocktail Samosa pastry was crispy and the vegetable filling was soft, the Kaju Dana (cashew & baby corn patties) were interesting and very tasty. The very pretty Khasta Raj Kachori was extremely refreshing and had an unique flavour leaving me wanting more... All three entree dishes were cooked perfectly and filled with flavours that really awakened the senses.
The non-vegetarian 'Tandoori' sharing plate entree ($33) included Lasooni Dhania Murgh, Basil Prawns and Adraki Chops. Wow this was indeed a pleasant 'meat' platter. The Lasooni Dhania Murgh (marinated spicy chicken) was seasoned and marinated to perfection, it was so succulent and I wanted more of it! Adraki Chops (marinated Tandoori Lamb Chops) was filled with exotic spices and cooked perfectly and finally the Basil Prawns were a refreshing end to this Tandoori Share Plate.
After a very delightful entree our palates were craving more 'traditional' Indian cuisine and we were surprised with the mains. Nehari Goat ($23), Mopala Murg ($22), Mangalorean Machi ($24) and of course Butter Chicken ($22) were the dishes we decided to try.
The delicious mains- Mangalorean Machi, Butter Chicken, Mopala Murg and Nehari Goat...
I have never tried goat before and I must admit I will certainly be having goat meat again as I absolutely loved this version of goat meat. The Nehari Goat was filled with aromatic spices, clarified butter, chickpea flour and saffron and those flavours united so well together and the goat being cooked so perfectly made the dish a stand out!
Mopala Murg is chicken roasted in fresh coconut and tossed in an aromatic sauce of browned onions, ginger and ground spices and this was such a tasty dish, not overpowering and filled with spices that really satisfied the taste buds.
Mangalorean Machi, an authentic fish dish from Malabar Coast, was extremely pleasing with chillies and garlic complementing the fish and all the flavours worked really well with the fish.
As the last main dish we had butter chicken. Javed was reluctant to put this dish on the menu as butter chicken is not traditional Indian and more like a 'western version of Indian cuisine'. We just had to try it, as we all know butter chicken is pretty huge in our country. It was creamy, smooth and flavoursome and of course being a 'western' dish we were used to the flavours of this dish but I really enjoyed the creaminess of the dish.
The interesting Meva Ki Kulfi (Indian Ice-cream)...
After the mains, we were really contemplating having dessert or not, as our tummies were almost filled to capacity with the delightful feast we indulged in. Of course we chose to 'squeeze in' dessert as the menu sounded highly appetising!
We went for Gulab Jamon ($9) and Meva Ki Kulfi ($9). Both of these desserts were refreshing, tasteful and hit that 'after dinner' spot. The Gulab Jamon is a milk dumpling served with elegant rose water sugar syrup and green cardamom, it was sweet but yet soft and was really pleasing. The Meva Ki Kulfi is Indian ice-cream with reduced milk and melange of pistachio, almond, cashew & walnut with saffron and it was smooth and delightful.
The sweet Gulab Jamun (Milk Dumplings in rosewater syrup)
Overall, from the beginning to the end everything was perfection. From being greeted and the service all the way to the end of our dinner we were satisfied and really enjoyed ourselves and it is no wonder that Delhi O Delhi has rightfully won 'one hat' award!
We are looking forward to returning and trying more of this impressive, flavoursome and exotic cuisine.