Melting pot

Susmita Saha        Print Edition: July 10, 2011

Ploof Deli Kitchen & Bar in Delhi's Lodhi Colony Market refuses to be pigeonholed. The two-level dining facility, with canary-yellow interiors and blackboard-style menus is a whimsical mix of a restaurant, delicatessen, patisserie and café.

Not wanting to be one of a herd, the young owners, Karam Puri, Abhishek Patnaik and Rohan Gupta, have introduced the concept of the Marketplace, a customised meat and seafood retail section at Ploof. Featuring specialised cuts of meat like New Zealand lamb chops, tenderloin steaks as well as fillets of red snapper, king fish and sole, the Marketplace is a carnivore's mecca.

Also showcased with the premium cuts of meat are creative marinades that range from a red wine and fresh herb mix to the Malaysian Sambal. Adding to the deli flavour are rows upon rows of shelves that are stacked high with crackers, crostinis, gourmet chips, jars of sun-dried tomatoes, olives, capers and pepper corns. Giving them company are fine cold cuts like Black Forest Ham, Danish Emborg salami, roasted turkey breast and much else. Like the Marketplace, the restaurant menu, too, tries to celebrate international culinary trends, with an emphasis on quality ingredients.

Setting the bar high were the Vietnamese grilled chicken skewers in the starters' section that came accompanied with a piquant Asian dip. For the main course, the char-grilled peppered basa arrived on a pillow of potato mash and was flecked with sautéed greens. While the fish was succulent, the mash could have done with some seasoning. The slow-cooked pork chops, meanwhile, were tender and came in a heady bath of mushroom and black pepper sauce. Sourced from the French Farm in Gurgaon, the organic pork chops were fresh and the portions generous. The chef also conjured up a spectacular grilled lobster and paired it with an interesting herb butter mix.

The Ploof Deli Kitchen & Bar is a classic take on the international casualdining scene. Offering imaginative marinades and a plethora of fresh produce, this is the place to drop by if you want to whip up a gourmet dinner at home.

Meal for two: Rs 1,600
Address: 13, Lodhi Colony Market,
New Delhi. Tel: 011- 24634666

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