Budding Flavours: Londoners Bistro & Pub, GK 1
Londoners – a neighbourhood bistro and bar tucked in the middle of famous GK 1, M block market tries to bring the British capital closer to home. This fun and quirky baby of Paritosh Mittal highlights the cultural potpourri that has the biggest impact on the culinary character of London.
The seating area is spread across 2 floors and a terrace, with comfortable couches and natural light flooding in through the large windows. The sprawling bar parked at the centre of the restaurant gives you a glimpse of how efficiently your cocktails are being churned out. Dominated by red and blue hues, the bistro and pub is decorated with various elements that a London vibe to the whole atmosphere like red telephone booth, cushions with UK flag, armours, shields, small cars and trucks.
The menu brings together dishes that you can find across London and a few that you can even find in Italy, India and China (perhaps you read it right).
We started with Londoner Water Chestnuts in Chilli Plum Sauce and Good Ol’ Aloo Tuk With Chilli Tamarind Mayo. Juicy water chestnuts end on a spicy note in a mouth leaving a tingling sensation to have more. In short, it is a good option to please your taste buds. The crispy Good Ol’ Aloo Tuk stood out to be the star dish for the evening. We can think about visiting Londoners again for this specific dish.
Next we tried a desi version of a videshi dish – Paneer Makhani Pie – on a special recommendation of Paritosh and Mushroom Green Peas and Broccoli in Pink Sauce. The flaky pie oozing out paneer makhani was surprisingly good and creamy pasta was also good to taste.
Every signature cocktail at Londoners is named after a famous street in London and the cocktails aim at catching the vibe of the street by its ingredients and recipe. As we are off alcohol (thanks to Delhi summers), we tried a mocktail – Charlie’s Angels – that was specially curated on a request. This refreshing mocktail – a mixture of lemon juice, peach syrup and orange juice – comes highly recommended.
We also tried their Oreo and Dark Chocolate. This overdose of chocolate is not less than a heaven. The thick and chocolatey shake is a complete meal in itself.
Being a chocolate lover, there was still an urge to wind up the meal with a more of it. So we narrowed down Londoners Great Wall of Chocolate – sticky chocolate toffee pudding coated with brownie. However, it failed to impress as it was too hard that we had to literally struggle to eat it.
Where: Londoners, Greater Kailash 1, M Block
Cost for two: INR 1,500 plus taxes