Being a true blue delhite, food runs in my veins, you may or may not understand the love for food each delihite has. Delhi has been through a lot of cultural transformations and some of them have left their footprints in the form of dishes, the classics, like Nihari or Haleem which instantly reminds us of bustling yet lively streets of purani Dilli. Sheraton Hotel, Saket has recently opened a new restaurant – Delhi Pavilion, which showcases Delhi’s Culinary diversities, without compromising with the original taste.
“WelcomHotel Sheraton New Delhi recently opened it’s all day dining restaurant- Delhi Pavilion, this 114 cover restaurant is Delhi’s answer to it’s rich culinary history. Apart from the live kitchens, the restaurant has a bespoke al-a carte menu subdivided into four sections – Medieval Delhi, New Delhi, Sanctuary Delhi and Cosmopolitan
Delhi. Dessert Studio and an exquisite Cocktail and wine Bar truly make it an unmatchable experience.”
The menu is quite extensive, but carefully divided into 4 categories, keeping in mind the food that inspires Delhi. We decided to taste dishes from Medieval Delhi, which we will always pick over any other menu, any given day !
We were served crusty bread in the beginning, which tasted good. First Up in the starters was Dehlnavi Baqala Kebab – Which was a vegetarian kebab made of kidney beans & broad beans, pan seared and stuffed with sprout chaat. It was a treat in the mouth. The texture was creamy however you could taste the bits of beans and sprouts. It was served with Mint Chutney.
Next Up Was Khasta Kachori Chaat, which was delicious, without being too spicy or heavy.
Seekh Mirza – Lamb Kebabs cooked on charcoal grill. Can we tell you that those kebabs were juicy & succulent. There was no lamb smell, which most of the time you can detect/ taste in lamb kebabs. It was soft but held its shape. Super delicious and adequately spiced.
Delhi Fried Fish – Crispy Fish which was quite flaky & moist from inside. It was deep fried and served with coriander chutney.
The dish that stole the show was – Lal Qilla Haleem, It was our first Haleem and we loved every bit of it. Haleem is a wholesome meal of lamb, wheat, rice, barley , lentil & spices, cooked together for 8 hours on low heat. The dish was qute aromatic, appetizing & filling. Loved the flaky bits of meat, stunning dish we must add. The ginger julienne, lemon & green chillies on the top added freshness to the dish.
Simplest yet one of the dishes that was cooked home style – Moong Daal served with bread. It was a simple dish but the cumin seeds, fresh coriander, green chillies & ginger added a punch and the bread had a bit of sweetness to it, which went pretty nicely with the dal. A perfect comfort food.
Dehli Nihari Khas – A classic dish made of lam shanks, flavoured with saffron & brown onions. It was served with khamiri roti & sweet bread. I never expected that such a flavourful dish can taste that good with a sweet bread, but it did ! Meat was tender and falling off the bones without any effort.
Last but not the least – Chicken Ishtoo, which was a rustic preparation of chicken with roughly cut chillies, ginger & onion, tasted great with roti. It’s another winner on the menu.
We finished the dinner with some good old Falooda Kulfi & Chocolate Fudge Vanilla ice cream.
We thoroughly enjoyed a trip down the memory lane, in the comfort of a beautiful & contemporary restaurant, that offers best of both – Modern & Medieval Delhi, the dishes that are forgotten or still run the show ! We are surely coming back to grab Haleem & Seekh Mirza soon !
Special thanks to Restaurant Manager Adwiti & Chef Vaibhav for taking us through each and every dish in terms of preparation and the concept behind it in detail.