|The Chicken Bacon Burger you would read more about later.|
However one look at the menu of Uzuri Deck & Dining, and you know that you are not in for the usual, a menu which they claim is inspired by modern European Cuisine. A menu that was good enough to excite the imagination and taste buds of any inquisitive food lover like me. Inquisitive because most of it I did not understand, however tempted enough to make an effort and give it a chance.
The second one being ‘Kitamu’ which had Blackcurrant Vodka, Blackcurrant Liqueur (Creme de Cassis), fresh muddle grapes and all of them were strained together in a Martini Glass.
The most refreshing drink of the evening for me was the Kiwi Cucumber Freeze. Kiwi and Cucumber blended to perfection with ice, served in a glass rimmed with sugar power. Not too sweet, very refreshing.
|Cucsumber Kiwi Freeze|
The fourth one being a sparking wine based drink, but this time I had an overload of cocktails and was not really able to discern was was going in my mouth. But then I remember finishing it off for sure, as confused as my palette was, it was still enjoying what it was having.
|The sparkling wine cocktail I am forgetting the name of.|
I guess I got so excited about the cocktails (as usual) that I forgot to mention the bread basket which was served to us. The basket itself was a bread, yup, the basket was made of edible bread and had assorted breads which were served along with butter in two flavors, pesto and paprika along with a small portion of Spicy Salsa. Both pesto and paprika were blended very well in the butter and added a very interesting twist to it, while we choose to ignore salsa after trying ti with couple of bites, was not appreciated by me or my dining partner.
|Bread Basket, with edible basket.|
|Pestro Buuter, Spicy Salsa & Paprika Butter|
Coming to the food I really like places which can showcase their entire menu on one page, less confusion for the diner and more focus for the chef and kitchen. So technically speaking, it should translate into a better dining experience. But since everything on the menu seemed exotic to me and we had the luxury of Chef Rishim Sachdeva attending to us, we left it to Chef to pamper out taste bud.
We were served with an Appetizer and a salad. The appetizer was a combo of Salmon Cakes which were served with a slaw made of fennel and kohlrabi which again are as exotic as they come for me. A bit of chilli mayo for the sauce and then a sprinkling of roasted pumpkin seeds. The cakes were like delicate kebabs in texture, however the highlight of the dish was the slaw and the seeds which added lot of texture and flavor to them cakes. The menu classifies it under Sea category, however I would not order it if I was looking for seafood flavors, but as a standalone dish its something I would love to have again. That reminds me, salmon is not exactly a sea fish, but its more of a fresh water breed.
I am not much of a salad person, however the one that was served to us was like the best salad that I have ever eaten. It was loaded with Puy lentils (french dal) which were poached in red wine, had lot of hazelnuts in it and feta amongst various things, which is like my most favorite type of cheese. very Crunchy, very robust, right up my alley.
Despite me asking for a light meal, chef ended up recommending a Chicken burger with some bacon in it and the brave front I was putting up resisting good food just crumbled. The burger was simply called Chicken and Bacon burger, and I loved it and how. Though I have not tried many high end burgers and cannot really compare, however this one was juicy like hell and was impossible to eat it without making a mess. I really liked that the carbs (bread) in it were way lesser than the proteins (meats, vegetables etc) as that allows the flavors to really come through. And finishing the burger literally sent me in a food coma, but then isn’t that the hallmark of gluttonously, unashamedly good food? 😛
Though I am a very dessert person, and for me that is generally the best part of the meal, specially at fine international places where they do something other than what we are used to eating at usual restaurants for desserts, however after that burger I decided to let guilt rule my mind and restrain my sweet-tooth to sharing just one with my dining partner. And that one dessert was a Chocolate Parfait, which managed to make me fall in love with it like a starry eyed lover who gives all his heart and soul on the first date itself. Light in texture, nuts adding to the crunch and bite, it just managed to hit the right spot. I am coming back for you sweetheart.
|Chocolate Parfait – Inside|
Talking about ambiance and feel of the place, its very classy and international, however in its current avatar I would prefer to dine / chill / drink at their upper level or on the open air deck.Would not comment about the service we were their to discuss some event and was with the owners, however generally speaking the staff seemed very courteous and hospitable.
Looking at the menu and prices, it does not seem overly expensive for the kind of food they are serving. Cheap by no measure, however its the kind of food that would end up in higher zone and comparatively they are not really over the top.
I am sure that I would end up making more visits to this restaurant, as while writing this post as well I referred to the menu a few times, and every-time I looked at it, I found something new that I need to try. Not sure if I would appreciate the all the flavors, but I am certain that I would not have to complain about the quality.
Uzuri Deck & Dining
M-Block Market, Greater Kailash 2