Every person has a different reason for wanting to try out a new restaurant. Some people go for the love of food, some just to be seen, where as I have a fascination with wanting to go for the ambience and to have an interesting experience hence food usually ends up taking a back seat for me. Fortunately with Hiatus I did not have to worry in either regard, for the ambience, décor and food surpassed all expectations.
The restaurant has been divided into different areas, each boasting of a different experience and different cuisine. Starting from the H-Bar an urban bar which serves an innovative range of cocktails along with the most high end range of international spirits. I was given my fix of alcohol delight with a CLOVE TINI-A fusion version of cocktail enhanced with special in house clove syrup merged with fresh orange juice and ANISE TINI- An out of the mind love of “THE HIATUS” blended with anise and mango and Basil flavour.
The other areas in the restaurant are THE PATIO, the open-air patio, which is a nice intimate area where you can sit during the winter evenings and enjoy a lovely barbeque, or also come during the day for a nice brunch. Or you can DINE IN CELLAR- Where you get a tailor made menu as well as a selection of wine. And finally a special area for Chefs guests which is where I was invited the CHEF & YOU – a unique fine dining experience in the kitchen that is personalized to suit the palate of each diner that visits the venue.
We began our gastronomic journey with the Amuse Bouche and then moved on to the salad, Roasted Beetroot Stack with Feta Cream- Slow Oven cooked beetroot Carpaccio stack filled with feta & oregano cream, I did not even know you could have something like a Beetroot Carpaccio let alone that it would taste so good. Tomato & Jasmine Tea soup was the next thing on the menu, it’s a balanced mix flavor of tomato soup, and jasmine tea topped up with Black truffle oil served with Garlic Crostini. Chef Special Mezze platter which includes Sundried tomato and Basil Hummus, Eggplant Salsa, Indian Style Tzatziki, Italian Salad, Greek infused Falafel served with sumac dusted Kulcha, again this dish was an amazing fusion of Mediterranean and Indian style, without it seeming forced. Air bread with Indian Style Mini Cottage Cheese Steak is something I would recommend to all vegetarians, modern technique of cooking used for making air bread filled with Cheese fondue and topped with pickle marinated mini cottage cheese steak with tomato caviar & olive dust. Spanish Style Chicken Tikka, Paprika Infused succulent chicken chunks cooked on grill and Served with Mango Salsa, blinis, basil chutney was the first non-veg dish served, so lets just say I absolutely devoured the dish and the mango salsa was the best form of Mango I have eaten in a while. Orange and Kafir lime Sorbet- the in house sorbet worked as a palate freshener between the courses. Wild Mushroom Ragout with Fettuccini Black Fungus, Porcini, Oyster cooked in tomato cream sauce in an Italian style and served with fettuccini. Calabrese Penne Chorizo, black olives, sundried tomato, parmesan oil in a tomato sauce and tossed with penne Mains Spinach & chickpea Dumplings with Pine nut & Fresh Rose Petal Gravy Served with Exotic Mushroom & gruyere Kulcha. Bacon Wrapped chicken with paprika infused Makhani gravy was another fusion dish where the Makhni gravy added just the right amount of excitement to the palate. Honey Glazed Indian Vegetables served with Saffron and mix Vegetable Pilaf was the last of the mains, by now I had reached a point where I had to forcibly stop eating cause my stomach had begun to rebel while my mouth was still salivating. Finally we ended the meal with the desserts: Italian Classic Tiramisu. Chocolate Spoon, Rum and Coffee Caviars. Chef Special Napoleon. Chocolate hazelnut napoleon with cardamom sorbet.
All in all it was one of the finest Fine Dining experiences I have had in a long time. So if you are looking to go for an intimate meal this Valentines day or have a nice outdoor Party this Spring, you know where you should go.
Address: Clarion Collection – Qutab Hotel
Shaheed Jeet Singh Marg, New Delhi
Phone: Tel: +91 41078789
Price: Meal for two Rs 2,500 (plus taxes) minus alcohol