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By Prakriti Bhat

Rajouri Garden is home to several restaurants, pubs and cafes. L’Adresse Kitchen and bar is the latest addition to this list. With plush upholstery and an elegant décor, it is the perfect restaurant you would want to visit for a lazy Sunday brunch or a date. The restaurant recently hosted a Bloggers Meet and it was a wonderful experience.

From the entry to the interiors, aqua blue is the main theme. I, personally, love this colour so the mood was set just right. The seating is comfortable and the restaurant gives off a very Victorian feel. Aqua blue and white drapes adorn the place and the walls have small compartments to hold candles. The chairs reminded me of those at Potbelly Rooftop Café in Shahpur Jaat. The music is energetic yet soothing and does not go beyond a certain decibel. The tables are made of unfinished wood which exudes a very raw and rustic vibe.

We began with Soups and Mocktails. The Manchow soup was served in a hefty bowl and was the perfect answer to the chill outside. Their mocktail menu hasn’t been finalized yet but you can ask the staff for one as per your choice and their availability. I went for a Blueberry Mocktail which was served with thin slices of apple floating on the surface. Another mocktail was served in a watermelon with several colourful straws. It was a visual as well as gustatory treat.

Drinks were followed by starters. The Cheese nachos were ok. Paneer Tikka Multani was a blessing to the taste buds. It was soft and well marinated. Dahi ke Kabab was a huge disappointment and the only dish I did not like. The consistency of the hung curd was not as it should be. Vietnamese Spring Rolls were very appetizing. They were perfectly crunchy and not very hard at the edges as is the case with many restaurants. Khandani Veg Platter was truly delectable with an array of starters amongst which Cheesy Mushrooms were the best. However, it’s the Goat Cheese and Grape canapés that won the best starters award for their creamy texture and a delightful citrus explosion caused by the grapes! It’s a must try for cheese lovers.

Dahi ke KebabAmong the non veg starters I tried Chilli Chicken with crispy noodles. This was one of the best Chilli Chicken I have had. The poor crispy noodles went unnoticed! The Stir Fried Prawns were not very great. I felt it lacked flavor and could have been much better. Murgh ke Parchey was a dish of chicken char grilled with cheese and cardamom. The smoky flavor was an added delight. Thai Fish Tikka was excellent with the perfect blend of spices.

PrawnsThe main course started with a Butter Chicken Woodfired pizza. For me, a true pizza is one with loads of cheese on it. And that’s precisely my complaint with the pizza here. It lacked cheese and merely tasted like butter chicken spread on a pizza base. Even though the butter chicken was palatable, I wouldn’t recommend this pizza. On the other hand, the Thai Red Curry and Steamed Rice were brilliant. Though I am not an expert on Thai food, this combo will definitely tingle your taste buds. Grilled Fish with mashed potatoes was a befitting end to the main course.

For desserts we experimented with a Fruit Pizza which was not very much to my liking. Slices of fruit and chocolate sauce were spread on the base before being baked. Chocolate brownie and vanilla ice cream was the table favourite for this Bloggers’ meet. I, for one, loved their Tiramisu. The strong flavor of coffee at the bottom was pure bliss! Presentation of all the desserts was alluring and one couldn’t stop taking pictures to drool over them later.

Overall, the food was quite impressive but the prices are a bit on the higher side. In an age where restaurants with minimalistic décor and comfort food are in vogue,  L’Adresse Kitchen and Bar attempts to make a space for itself with mesmerizing interiors and a taste of the Mediterranean. It is definitely worth a try.

Address- F-84, Industrial pocket, District Canter West, Vishal Enclave, Rajouri Garden, New Delhi

Cost for two- Rs. 1200

Contact No.- 9999400061


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We all dream of a getaway place. That place which allows you to get lost in your own world. That place which gives you solace. That place which is a heaven in the middle of nowhere. Shahpur Jaat, well known as the boutique hub is mushrooming with cafes. Ivy and Bean is one of these cafes. What makes it different from others is its buoyant atmosphere and aesthetic décor. This is the perfect place to get snug as a bug (without a rug).

Finding it is a bit hard and you will need a GPS on your first visit. But it is very close to Potbelly Rooftop Café which is quite popular in the area. Hidden in one of the numerous bylanes it is truly a place worth all the effort. You can sit indoors or in the balcony area. I would suggest going for the balcony since it is quite airy and one section has a bookshelf packed to the edge with different genres. So for a book lover like me, this is paradise. In the evening, the place is given a cheery glow by the fairy lights. From this section you can also see the desserts on display and rejoice in the aroma of fresh coffee being brewed. The chairs are vibrant, simply beautiful. Each of the tables has a copy of Ivy and Bean, a series of children’s books.

The café specializes in British and Italian cuisine. Since we were hungry we wanted something that would be quick and wholesome. Therefore, we went for Fettuccine with button mushrooms in a creamy white sauce. Reading the menu further made us even hungrier and we decided to order French Fries with Mustard Mayo which would arrive even quicker. And it sure did. The Mayo was quite different though it may not be likeable to many since it leaves a strong flavor of mustard at the end. The Fettuccine was delicious. No cheating on the mushroom unlike other cafes. The pasta was al dente, just perfect.

IMG-20151220-WA0038Next we tried a Chicken Shepherds Pie. Though I was disappointed by the quantity, it was appetizing. Oodles of chicken and cheese. One can’t ask for more! Every spoonful had cheese oozing out from between the chicken chunks and each bite was divine. To wind up the meal, we ordered a Cappuccino and a hot chocolate. Both were accompanied by a small homemade cookie. The hot chocolate was nothing extraordinary. In fact I felt it was too much milk and less of chocolate. The Cappuccino was average but one bite of the cookie and the sweet taste robs the coffee of its own flavor. Also, it wasn’t as strong as a Cappuccino should be.

Ivy and Bean’s USP is its dreamy and tranquil ambience. It is truly a hidden gem. In terms of food there is still a little scope for improvement. What they really need to work on is service. Slow service has never been a harbinger of success.

Be it a date, family outing or hanging out with friends, the ambience is conducive for all purposes. Get set for a leisurely experience!

Address- 119, Sishan House, Shahpur Jaat

Cost for two- Rs.1200

Contact no.- 01141090119