First thing that you realise as soon as you enter the place is the English theme. 70 to 80% of the place is built of wood and bricks and rest is iron. Music is good, one of the few places left that strictly play Classic Rock which goes just fine with the ambience. They have a Retro night on Saturday and also have live bands on and off. The place also plans to introduce Karaoke nights on Thursdays. It is an ideal place to enjoy meal and have nice conversation. In fact the owners are so concerned about the talking bit that they named the place Chatter House !! (Should have banned the mobiles though)
And now I will talk about the thing that matters most – Food & Beverages
The place has a well stocked bar and offer some interesting and innovative cocktails along with the classic ones. The menu card, especially for the beverages section, gives a pictorial description of the drink which prepares the patrons for what’s in store. That comes in quite handy for those who like to try something new.
The place is a delight for non-vegetarians. One is spoilt for choices as the menu is lavish to say the least. I so wish I could say that for vegetarian affair but the choices are limited in that section.
Soul on Red Bed is Pan seared fish with Ratatouille Risotto, Saffron Veloute and topped with Herb Salad. It is very filling and one serving can satisfy most people. Has a strong flavour of Tomato but tasty overall.
Pollo E Pesto Pizza has chicken breast, sun-dried tomato and pesto sauce. Nothing wrong with this one.
Piggy and Ginnie is pork belly and prawn angio oilo drizzled with sweet chilli sauce. The pork was a bit chewy, probably because of all the fat it contains, and the chilli sauce was going very well with it.
Mediterranean Style Prawns – Delicious. That’s all
Biryani is one of the dishes that has a lot of aromatic spices and one of them tends to overpower all others if not put in exactly right proportions. I must say here that the chef did a very good job at making gosht biryani. All the flavours were competing with each other, gosht was well cooked and rice was good too.
Belly Kulcha is another pork dish made with tomato gravy and served in a bread kulcha. No complaints on this one either.
Herb Marinated Vegetarian Pizza was the first vegetarian dish I ate. To my delight, there was no effort made to make it desi. It was as authentic as it gets. Pizza lovers need to grab this one.
Creamy Polenta with Mushroom Ragout was not up to my taste. Mushrooms were tasty but the polenta was too salty and a bit undercooked for my taste.
Blue Cheese Naan with Dal Makhni is a signature dish of The Chatter House. The naan has a very strong flavor of blue cheese and is tasty. As for Dal Makhni, it was one of the best I have had. Can’t say anything more than that.
Toastadas were good and Dahi Kebab had a slight garlic aftertaste. Not usual but very good indeed.
Both the desserts were good but special mention for Apple Crumble. What struck me the most was that there were different and contrasting textures within one dish and they all combined together to give a great taste.
The restaurant is also participating in the DineFest event (August 12 till August 21). During this, the diners will get 3 course prix fixe menus at a fraction of a la carte rates. Details and reservations can be checked on www.dinefest.in.
To sum it all up, the place is definitely worth a visit. For vegetarians, as I mentioned earlier, the choices are not much but Dal Makhni and Apple Crumble are worth it. As for the non-vegetarians, you can not go wrong with this one !!
Review Credit: Sumit
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