Every time I’m at The Spice Route, Chef Veena Arora surprises me with her brilliant food. Winter is my favourite time of the year, why you ask? Well, I am a huge foodie and this is the only time when I don’t have to worry about watching my weight. I can eat to my heart’s content and then I just layer up!
Lunchtime on a pleasant winter day at one of the best restaurant’s in the city – it can’t get any better than this. Chef Veena’s menu is always special because of her acute eye for detail.
At its heart The Spice Route a soul food restaurant. Heralded as one of the top ten restaurants in the world earlier by Condé Nast Traveler and proclaimed to be the only-one-of-its-kind, The Spice Route is a poetry in design. The renowned South East Asian cuisine restaurant mesmerizes all your senses enrapturing you with its sensuous exotica. It has been designed to reflect the journey of spices from the Malabar Coast in Kerala through Sri Lanka, Malaysia, and Indonesia to Thailand and Vietnam, put together in the world famous menu crafted by Chef Veena who is a President’s Awardee and Thai national Chef.
The food is brought up to you in beautiful plates and bowls that fit the architectural marvel that is this restaurant. Designed by Rajeev Sethi it can’t get more exquisite than this.
I remember how during my last visit the restaurant manager had told us very interesting stories of how this restaurant is the most preferred spot for marriage proposals. Over the years, he has seen so many wonderful men “popping the question” to their lovely ladies. Fascinating….!
Time to talk about the “Winter Menu”. Chef Veena has introduced Kadugi Meen Masala which is a sole fillet in mustard paste and bishop’s weed with cilantro leaves. The Kadugi Meen is beautiful, the flavours stand out and the cilantro leaves add freshness to the dish.
The Rendang Udang is my most favourite thing on the menu this winter. It is a Malay style prawn dish infused with the flavours of fresh coconut, coconut milk and the soothing lemon grass. The curry has a really appetising colour and it tastes even better than it looks. The Rendang curry with white rice is probably the best comfort food one can eat during wintertime.
Charcoal grilled prawns served with garlic and cilantro dressing in Kung Tein and prawns flavoured with lemon grass in por pia wraps for Kung Hom Pha – splendid! I can’t get enough prawns and there are plenty of prawn dishes on the winter menu.
The Yera Arvat Anjj which takes its origin from Chicken 65 but is twisted with prawns and kerala spices for an all new creation by Chef Veena is quite interesting too. It looks extremely appetising and tastes phenomenal.
Kung Nang Phad Saparos or lobsters in oyster sauce, promise to stir your senses. The Phad Khing Pla, sole with black fungus, celery stems and leaves, what can I say – inspired! Even the rice that was served to us was cooked just right.
The “Winter Collection Menu” features delicate flavours of King Prawns, Squids, Lobsters and hand-picked variety of fish. The menu is faultless.
‘Winter Collection Menu’
Location: At The Spice Route, The Imperial, New Delhi
Duration: 15th November 2016 – 31st January 2017
For Lunch & Dinner: 12:30pm – 2:45pm | 7:00pm – 11:45pm
Meal for Two without alcohol: INR 10000 plus taxes
Call at 41116605 for reservation
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