When we set off for Delhi Darbar, one Monday evening, we were battling severe work blues and hunger pangs. After a longish commute, we landed fairly late in the night at the eatery that was located close to the Eastern Express Highway. The lane was secluded and suddenly, we went into apprehensive mode. But as soon as we stepped into the glass elevator to enter the eatery, our misgivings were put to naught.
Delhi Darbar is an extension of the Delhi-based parent brand, Sai Restaurants that has been operating in the capital for over 25 years. Done up in hues of white and dark brown, the soothing interiors and less crowds meant proceedings had begun well.
Our menus were made out of printed paper, a tad incongruous, what with the fine dine settings. However, the polite and prompt staff distracted us from this downer.
Hoping to get the best view, first, we shifted to sit close to the window; not satisfied entirely, we set our eyes on the al fresco section. Noticing our keenness to get the best seating in the house, the attendants informed us that it wasn’t open yet. Still, they went out of their way to cede to our wish. The floating candles on our table were a thoughtful gesture. It lifted our mood, and we were set for a relaxed evening.
We ordered our starters: Murgh Malai Tikka (`350) was of the melt-in-the-mouth variety — with a salty, sooty tang from the tandoor. However, the chutney made it delectable.
Since their liquor license wasn’t ready (expected in 20 days, after which they plan to open a bar section and eventually, host gigs and events in the al fresco section), we opted for mocktails. The Virgin Mary mocktail (`149) and the Peach Iced Tea (`149) that we had ordered were bang for the buck. We loved the non-alcoholic version of the Bloody Mary, which was a refreshing blend of tomato juice, tabasco and lemon. The Peach Iced Tea was a tad sweet but refreshing, nonetheless.
For the mains, we opted for Mint Leaf Kulcha (`70) with Mutton Khada Masala (`425) and Sabj Lawabdar (`175) and Lachcha Paratha (`80). We loved the herb-sprinkled Kulcha, which was warm and delicious comfort food and complemented the hot and spicy chunks of mutton. The Sabj Lawabdar was a mixed vegetable concoction comprising cauliflower, potatoes, peas and more.
We were stuffed but couldn’t resist indulging in a sweet something; the Gulab Jamun (`75, 6-8 tiny portions) sated this craving, as we wrapped up a delicious finale to an awesome meal.
At Delhi Darbar, Sun Magnetica, first floor, Louiswadi, near Dhiraj Residency, Thane (W).
Delhi Darbar didn’t know we were there. The GUIDE reviews anonymously and pays for meals.
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