For the Love of Lodhi!!!
Lodhi- the restaurant is reminiscent of all things luxurious and beautiful, and a visit to their seafood festival held true to the much-deserved fame. We went for dinner on a Saturday night and every table on every seating area was either reserved or already occupied by indulgent diners! We couldn’t enjoy sitting under the pretty canopies on revolving cane chairs since there was a private party already in progress on that side of the restaurant. We were seated in the lovely half- fresco (if that is even a word) seating area. The seafood menu was short but packed with some drool-worthy dishes! And boy, were we in for a treat!
The servers are very friendly, and give you ample space and time to decide and choose. The Asst. Manager dropped in to say hello.
We as a group love to review restaurants and because we are always on the lookout for something new, our visit to Lodhi to write a review on its new seafood menu was quite exciting.
To begin with, the drinks were simply delicious! We ordered a White wine Sangria, Mai Tai, and Campari with soda. The sangria was sweet, airy with bunch of fresh fruits, Mai Tai was Mai Tai!!! (you cannot go wrong with a coconut flavoured drink ☺) and the Campari was lovely as a digestif with a strong taste of bitter orange at the end.
The chef, Elam dropped in to say hello and to tell us a little bit about the seafood menu. Having worked in Lodhi for over 8 years now and being aware of the kind of dishes that turn customers into loyalists, Elam believes that less is more. According to him, “the flavour of the meat is never overpowered by spices or dressing, but is only used to enhance the flavour.” This logic chimes well with out palettes!
First comes the soup- Bouillabaisse, which has its roots in Mediterranean and French (Marseille) cuisine. The soup has several kinds of seafood like prawns, fish, mussels, calamari and is cooked in a light yet flavoured broth with tomatoes, onions & herbs. It is light, aromatic, and sets the stage for the other dishes to come.
Next was the appetizer. You simply cannot go wrong with fried seafood and mayonnaise- based sauce. This was delicious but does not really stand out as a wow dish.
The main course is where all the magic is! We first started with pan-fried cod and potato in a lemon butter sauce. The flavours are delicate and the fish is so fresh! They source their fish from Mumbai fresh every day and it shows in how the cod dances to the touch of the fork!
The sauce was light and not overly buttery, which is wonderful! And the potato was HEAVEN! I know it is silly to praise a side accompaniment when the main dish is a delectable cod, but never have I tasted such delicious grilled potatoes! The cod, the potatoes and the sauce went very well with the mildly bitter blanched spinach on the side!
Next up are the char-grilled prawns. At Lodhi, when they say Jumbo prawns, they mean JUMBO prawns! This dish was cooked the Indian way and served with fresh mint chutney. If you prefer Indian spices and flavours, this one is for you. My friends enjoyed it a lot, crackling even the crunchy grilled tip; for me, the cod was still better. But the next dish made me forget all about the cod!
Third dish was the oh-so-delicious red snapper in a DIVINE herb emulsion! It was roasted to perfection and the skin was delicious (check out the photos & you’ll know what I mean). But the emulsion (or dressing) was the real winner. A strong flavour of olive oil with basil, parsley, oregano and rosemary hits you at first.
And if you are as crazy about pesto as I am, you will greedily attack the fish, as I did, and you will be happy that you pounced on it. This is my favourite dish of the night, and it went perfectly well with my white wine sangria. The three of us (sangria, snapper, and me) held hands, sang songs, and merrily walked up to my happy place! Such mild flavours, and such a fantastic dish!
Finally there was the char-grilled pomfret. Two huge pomfrets, fresh as they come, marinated with mustard, ginger and yogurt, grilled and served with slightly sweet tomato chutney.
Fresh, tasty, and creamy! No one flavour overpowers the other and all the while you can taste the fish too. This is called perfection!
Finally, desserts! Not that we had any space in our greedy, gluttonous stomachs; but then again, it was chocolate mousse & carrot cake, so we readily made some space! The carrot cake, moist with just the right amount of butter cream frosting, was in my opinion a winner!
However, I am not a big fan of chocolate to begin with, so I could be a little biased here. I did find myself reaching for the mousse quite often, which doesn’t happen often with me. The mousse was airy and fluffy with a tinge of bitterness (don’t you just love bitter chocolate?).
Overall, what a splendid way to spend a Saturday evening! Lodhi is deserving of all the praise it receives and the spacious décor, friendly staff, and the absolutely delicious food makes it one of my favourite restaurants in Delhi.
Value for money- 4/5
Do I recommend the place? YES!!! ☺
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Review Credit: Bhuvana Balan
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