Walking on the streets of Khan Market reminded me of the back alleys of Edinburgh. The streets seemed very beautiful at night, slightly dirty, but still beautiful. We were looking for The Blue Door Cafe. It took us a while to find it though because it was hidden in one of the lovely food aisles of this fascinating and posh market.
I like Delhi a lot more than Gurgoan because there isn’t construction going on everywhere and things seem slightly more civilised, less dusty and quieter. I like Khan market because it has some iconic joints like Chonas, Khan Chacha and Big Chill for which this market is known for. The Blue Door Cafe has been in Khan Market for over a year now and has one kitchen knocking out food which is both delicious and intriguing.
This wasn’t my first time in Khan Market. I last dined here only a few months ago when, known as Soy, it served solid Asian cuisine. It did a proper bit of Wasabi prawns and chicken dumplings. It also didn’t pretend to be anything other than a refreshing Asian Restaurant. The Blue Door Cafe had to match up.
A chic, clean restaurant cum art gallery The Blue Door Cafe is quite unique in its own way. There are a lot of restaurants out there with a pretentious decor and food that fails to impress, but this cafe is definitely here to stay.
It started with a Smoothie and Mont Blanc Shake. The smoothie was thick, rich and moreish – bananas, strawberries, kiwis and some orange juice. The smooth chocolate shake with whipped cream and rich chocolate sauce was divine – an absolute must try.
Pan grilled prawns in a beautifully textured sauce made the dish worth the visit to Khan Market. I am highly critical of the prawns I’m served because I cannot eat overcooked prawns as overcooking makes them rubbery and less flavourful. Chef Vivek did a wonderful job with the prawns and was kind enough to tell us that the sauce only consisted of garlic, chilli flakes and a dash of fresh lime – how delightful.
I love to talk to the Chef because it is wonderful to enjoy food the way it is meant to be enjoyed. The menu also had Bruschetta topped with tomatoes, basil garlic and olive oil but we were too full from the shakes to give it a shot. A small portion of Minestrone Soup was served to me by the delightful Chef and I really couldn’t say no because it was served with a small piece of garlic bread that smelt beautiful – freshly baked, clearly.
We decided to take a little break and step into the art gallery on the top floor as the canvas art with palette knives and acrylics seemed fascinating. The art was a treat to look at, the vivid use of colours was extremely pleasant. The Gallery has a mix of abstract and figurative art and everything is up for sale.
We moved on to the terrace of the cafe which is a beautiful place for a nice, romantic candle lit meal. It was slightly chilly so we decided to continue with our meal downstairs.
My partner’s main course was a Savour Crepe. It arrived with a lot of cheese and a bright red cherry on top. I chose a lighter focaccia bread sandwich with fresh avocados, roasted bell peppers, pieces of chicken, jalapeños, tomatoes and cheddar cheese. It was served with a small portion of greens and fries.
I recently had really bland fries at Uzuri Deck & Dining and tasteless fries at Nando’s, so, when I was served fries again I was apprehensive to try them. However, they looked really appetising so I decided to give them a shot. I was very happy with my fries, they tasted real good.
We picked three desserts, so again we put our backs into it. My book on “Desserts in Delhi” cannot be complete without the Crepe Anglaise stuffed with caramalised apples, topped with homemade butterscotch. The Crepe was ethereally light and the stuffing was rich – an absolute must try.
The Dark Chocolate Fondue came with bananas, apples, fried bread crumbs, marshmallows, kiwis, etc. and had a hint of red wine in it. I am not a big fan of dark chocolate but what I had was not half bad.
The waffles had a milk chocolate layer on them that tastes a lot like “Dairy Milk”, which I love. The waffles were good to taste but could have been slightly lighter and crispier.
That said, I strongly feel that most brilliant desserts are like a trip to pre school. They make you feel like a small child. The Blue Door Cafe did just that. I could actually imagine turning into a small child as I dipped my chocolate covered fruits and marshmallows in dark chocolate. It was a thoroughly pleasurable experience. This Blue Door cannot be missed.
FINAL RATING: 4/5 Stars
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