If you have lost that loving feeling for Delhi, the coming months are the perfect time to revive your love affair. The weather is just beginning to turn and it makes you want to linger outdoors for just a bit longer in the evenings. It is also the time when Delhi is at its cultural best and you find plenty of outdoor performances to choose from. If food, drink and music feature high on your list of favourites, the Q'la, a restaurant located in the lane adjacent to the Qutab Minar will become a firm favourite this season as it ticks all the boxes.
On the night we visited the space, an Italian-Indian jazz trio was at work, filling the air with sweet longing and nostalgia. With live gigs planned every week over the next few months, this is one place you must take the time out to visit. The courtyard where some of the live events take place, also doubles up as an al fresco restaurant. If you would rather sit indoors, there is a full-fledged restaurant that caters to you, while those looking to book out the space for a party are offered a quaint terrace with stunning views of the Minar. The drinks menu is quite extensive and the cocktails are well thought of. We tried the hibiscus sour, which as the name suggests, was created using whisky, pineapple, hibiscus and bitters and was well constructed. They have a range of wines and champagne to choose from as well.Then there is the food of course, which is sophisticated, subtle and delicious. The amuse bouche, served in an elegant wooden tray sets the tone for the evening as did the bread which was pillow-y and tasted of butter and warmth, served with a ricotta spread with a hint of citrus and. Try a couple of things from the section titled Flavors, which has a range of dishes that encompass the flavour palette. The pimento or the soft taco tuna with tomato lemon is fresh, as the tuna is wrapped in slivered cucumber and served with a tomato, lemon salsa of sorts. The cream of parmesan soup served with bread sticks of roasted garlic was creamy and smooth, with toasted garlic with a hint of heat added for flavour and texture.
If Asian flavours excite you, the rice cake, a confection that is served with a small tureen of miso soup and some sweet potato, is familiar yet original and works well to break the traditional European flavours of the other dishes. The fresh water fish salad with eggplant and avocado salsa is another draw as is the Belgian pork chop served with pan roasted peppers and caramel corn.
They also have some wood fire pizzas, a range of grills and the regular pastas to choose from. Try the Valencia cheesecake for dessert which is not too sweet or gelatinous or the flourless chocolate dessert which is presented beautifully and has different textures of chocolate on the same platter. While the ambience is excellent, the service attentive and the space done up beautifully, I felt the food portions were a bit on the lean side and the place is quite expensive. Recommended for those looking to splurge on a special occasion and keen on enjoying a modern European meal in the capital.
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Meal for two:
Rs 3000 plus taxes
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