Friday, October 31, 2014
AMRELI...COMFORT FOOD AT ITS FINEST!
I know I took a while to visit Amreli, mostly because I kept hearing mixed reviews, some really like it, some not but as they say ‘ Taste of the pudding is in the Eating’! If you live in South Delhi or Gurgaon and are looking for delicious food in a cute place not too far away, I would recommend Amreli at The Diplomat Hotel. No matter what you order, this is comfort food at its finest.
As you wait to be joined by company or simply wait for your meal to arrive for one, take in the memorabilia scattered around the restaurant and bar modelled on that of an upmarket London diner replete with a beautiful chessboard floor, mirrors and artworks aplenty. Or simply saunter along the alfresco area, in the Bistro’s quiet courtyard and take a peek at the lush green and perky seating!
The kitchen turns out an all-time favourites inspired menu which reflects famed Chef Saby’s (Sabyasachi Goral) collective experiences and has influences of his culinary curiosity which is translated through sourcing fresh local ingredients and ensuring each dish is distinctively unique in flavour and texture. A chef in the true sense Saby looks to nature’s bounty to act as his beacon, guiding him to create clean and harmonious dishes.
We opted for the Eggs Benedict with Keema and were extremely impressed with how delicious the twist was. We easily could have ordered seconds but of course there was more to sample.
It was pretty difficult to choose between the Chettinad Chicken & Sole Meen Moilee but the latter was highly recommended by a customer sitting on the next table so I knew it would be a hit. This dish had very complimentary flavours and tasted brilliant with steamed rice though I ordered some Hot Appams too which were delicious. It settled us into a comfortable state allowing for conversations to flow. We each took turns trying the others dishes because they all looked and tasted so delightful. The Quinoa Salad however was a tad disappointing as it was all hidden under the hugely cut veggies...it is very important for the prime ingredient to be visible because that's what the mind imagines while ordering a dish.Amreli also creates imaginative, refreshing and tasty beverages like the ‘Lemon cheese cake cooler’ my daughter ordered. It has a fine selection of wines by the glass and bottle and also offers beer and soft drinks. The ambiance is perfect for conversation, and the service is friendly, unpretentious and efficient. The attention to detail is apparent in every bite. You will savour flavours that linger far longer in your mind than the kaleidoscope of taste sensations hang around on the palate, and that’s a great thing so, trust me, you will want to keep going back.
WHERE? 9, Sardar Patel Marg, Diplomatic enclave
RESERVATIONS: 011 46050200
TIMINGS: 12PM to 12AM Open all 7 days
SEATING: 48 (inside), 12 (bar) and 50 (outside)
DAMAGE: Average Meal for two approx.: Rs. 1400-1600 (without alcohol)
MENU: All day breakfast, Coastal Indian, Sandwiches, Salads, Indian bites
PROMOTED BY: Sidhant Lamba