Striker is a popular name among pubs and breweries in Delhi NCR. Adda by Striker, after garnering a decent reputation in Gurgaon has opened a new branch GK 1, N-Block market. This was the venue for a recent Zomato Meetup where we were invited. Frankly we did not think much of the cocktails. However, some of the snacks were nice. But the desserts, Choco Mud Pie and Tres Leches Cake, were surprisingly tasty and positively sealed the experience for us.
Kebab Gali as the name suggests serves Mughlai food at their outlet at Vasant Square Mall. They have some dining space but one can make out they mostly survive on takeaways and delivery. Their Dahi Kebabs are delicate and delicious. The other items that we had – biriyani – chicken tikka etc. were decent but spicy. We were redeeming a voucher gifted by Zomato but the Kebab Gali guys were not very forthcoming on this.
The huge New Delhi Palate Fest was organised at PSOI Cub, Nehru Park, Chanakyapuri. The event comprised a huge agglomeration of stalls by almost all big names in the hospitality industry. The visitors were terribly spoilt for choice in terms of quality and variety of food. The program was peppered with sessions by celebrity chefs and music by live bands. The turnout was stupendous and the Traffic Police had a trying time in handling the cars in that area. The Festival establishes that Delhi is still unarguably the food capital of the country.
Chaayos has opened quite a few branches in Delhi NCR and had a kiosk at the Trade Fair. They serve a longish list of teas, other beverages and snacks. The snacks are ok. But chai is their star. A tad expensive, it is still an experience that is mostly reserved for coffee shops. Moreover, the store guys at the Hauz Khas Village are super hospitable and their warmth most definitely adds to the reasons of coming back here.
Sakley’s The Mountain Café, M Block market, GK outlet tries too tries to hard to be upscale. The décor is artificial and the food and beverages that we tried were just about average. Probably the effect of trying to bring something from the mountains to the dry and dusty plains of an ostentatious locality of Delhi. The place lacks soul.
FrenZone at Satyaniketan serves most common types of food (barring South Indian) and doesn’t burn a hole in ones pocket. But it doesn’t leave a great impression either. The cafe survives mostly on students from South campus of Delhi University. On a day when other restaurants in Satyaniketan have long waiting, one can give this place a shot.
We visited The Grub Fest (23-25 October 2015) on a Sunday afternoon that happened to be the last day. The organisers had assembled popular eateries, food, drinks, and some live performances under a single event. In fact, we saw the popular comedian Vir Das performing and singing as well! Given the myriad eating options, we tried bits of a lot of things and liked whatever we had.
We visited the daylong street food festival Zaika-E-Dilli at Nehru Park, Chanakyapuri where the organisers Thelewala brought together brought an assortment of street food mostly from Old Delhi. Consequently, got to have some simple but hidden pleasures like the fruit kuliey and the Rabri waali Kulfi in Rose flavour. While there is room for more variety, this was a great starting initiative by the Thelewala.