Budding Flavours: Tawak, Noida
When we think of Noida, the only things that we can relate to are media houses, IT firms and swanky malls. Good eating joints which should have topped the list are actually missing. To raise the bar of dining culture in Noida, chef duo Deepankar Arora and Vinayak Gupta opened their dream project, Tawak, almost a year ago and since then there has been no looking back.
The refined interiors of the restaurant provide you warmth as soon as you enter. Attractive coins hanging from the roof, artistic paintings adorning the wall, eye-catching bulbs tied with rope and all other elements that add to the beauty have been carefully picked up from all over Asia. The creative decor makes it clear that it is neither a casual dining nor a fine dine, it is a different experience in itself.
An endeavour by the chef to take along its diners on a stimulating journey across Asian sub continent to experience the rich diversity in flavours of the Indian and Oriental cuisine reflects in the elaborate menu. Impressed with the menu, as I decided to place my order, the welcoming and happy to serve staff came with complimentary Thai Puchkas filled with carrot, peanuts, raw papaya, green beans and spring onion and served with lemongrass and kafir lime flavoured water. This amuse bouclé was appetising enough to infuriate the hunger.
To satisfy my crazy hunger pangs, the juicy dim sums – Spinach and Corn Dim Sum, Thai Exotic Veg Sui Mai, Black Mushroom, Cottage Cheese and Chestnut Moneybag – proved to be a right start. Served with three different types of sauces, dim sums were so delicious that it forced me to think how scrumptious other dishes would be. So without wasting a single minute, I started hogging Indian appetisers -Tandoori Rolled Paneer, crushed paneer rolled in a thin layer of paneer, and Bhutti Ki Tikki – which were cooked to the perfection. Next on the table came Crispy Water Chestnut and Tofu Tawak Style. Trust me, you can’t resist yourself from having more Crispy Water Chestnut as the crispiness and sweetness of honey blends so well with the fruit. Tofu Tawak Style was also good to taste.
The main course was still to arrive and I was already feeling full. So, I decided to take a small break and wash down the food with their thirst quenchers Cucumber Afterwork and Watermelon Cucumber Slushy Mojito. Both the drinks were light and refreshing. The main course comprised of Paneer Kesri Pukhtan, Tawak Style Dal Makhani, Mix Vegetable with Chilli Garlic and Coriander along with Steam Rice and Lachcha Parantha Hari Mirch. The last course was lip-smacking and was a good way to round up the hogging trail.
Dessert is one thing which I always look forward to and their in-house specialty Masala Chai Ice Cream succeeded to win the heart with its flavour.
Where: Tawak, Sector 63, Noida
Cost for two: INR 1,200 plus taxes