Just Introduced: Niche, Connaught Place
Connaught Place – the heart of Delhi – has never failed to match the pace of fast moving life of the Delhiities. It always keeps on surprising us with its unmatched progress. The recent development that has been the talk of the town is the soon to be opened Niche – Lounge and Bistro. It will be opening its gates for every food enthusiast on February 26 but ChattoriAunty decided to bring in a sneek-peak preview for the readers.
The upmarket interiors of the restaurant help it carve a niche for itself. It is aesthetically designed with tan leather and wood. The comfortable white couches spread in contrast and a cosy fireplace adds to the luxurious feel. Their elevated stage which is going to host live acts steals the entire show.
As you enter, an overlooking bar welcomes you where mixologists are always busy crafting drinks with utmost perfection. The restaurant also has an alfresco sitting option on both the sides – the choice is yours – either you can admire the beauty of ever-bustling Barakhamba Road sitting on the Victorian setting or enjoy your drink in a peace shading under a peepal tree with bamboo decor. Their terrace is still under construction and will be opening soon.
What really sets Niche apart from other lounge and kitchens, is the detailed attention given to t11he food and drinks menu. The compact progressive menu highlights global dishes with a hint of Indian flavours.
Impressive menu and unmatched ambience doubled the hunger. The first dish that pleased the eyes and the stomach equally was Paneer Dumka Roll. The aesthetically rolled paneer came sitting on sweet and sour stewed peppers. The melt in mouth roll was blessing to start the meal with.
Next on the table came French Onion Soup Rings, Polenta and Beets and Goat Cheese Salad. The crust of the juicy onion rings was crispy and the soup was crafted with perfection giving it a Indian touch. The Polenta was served with seasonal mushrooms, asparagus, baby carrots, mushroom soil and parmesan. With the salad came all the colours on my plate. Textures of yellow and red beets and goat cheese with micro herbs and rockets were refreshing.
Their must try poison Dillinger deserves a special mention. The concoction was a perfect blend of Dill Vodka, Bay Leaf Sirop de Gomme, Citrus, Grapefruit Bitters, Cucumber and Mustard Flowers. The unique taste of the drink calls for another visit.
Moving to something more substantial, the mains comprised of Hari Saag. Polenta crusted fried yoghurt ball was dunked in a saag and served with corn bread, jiggery chips and white butter soil. The authentic Indian taste of the saag took me by the storm and left me wondering how interesting the boring greens can be.
The extravagant meal was wrapped with 1816 Flip. The sweet and delectable dish was an amalgamation of Lagavulin 16 years, Taylor’s Ruby Port, Cranberry Marmalade, Egg, Chocolate Britters and Caramelised Popcorns. There could have been no other way to end the meal.
Where: Niche – Lounge and Bistro, Connaught Place
Cost for two: INR 2,500 plus taxes