Thursday 27 October 2016
27 January 2014 Society delhi restaurant

A Lotaful Of Mishti Doi

If you’re one for atmospherics paired with earthy food, Cafe Lota’s the place to linger on a sunny winter afternoon.
Sanjay Rawat

Cafe Lota
National Crafts Museum, Bhairon Marg, Pragati Maidan, New Delhi
Tel: 7838960787, Timings: 11:30 am-10 pm
Meal for two:?Rs 1,200

If you’re one for atmospherics paired with earthy food, Cafe Lota’s the place to linger on a sunny winter afternoon. Located on the Crafts Museum premises at Prag­ati Maidan, the al fresco dining space serves a pleasant mix of regional Indian cuisine, laced with a bit of fusion fare. Whatever you order, do leave space for Lota’s dreamy signature dessert, the Bhapa Doi Cheesecake (Rs 100), the quintessential Bengali sweetened steamed yogurt reimagined on a biscuit base.

But begin with Palak Patta Chaat (all veg small plates Rs 150), crisp and tangy as it should be, and the delicate beetroot chops with cream cheese dip spiked with Ben­gali spice. The Arbi Ke Kabab is dry and unimpressive, but the Chicken Ghee Roast (Rs 255), made fragrant with curry leaves, is divine, and elicited many oohs and aahs at the table. Among the vegetarian mains (all Rs 265), we tried and loved the Pah­adi thali—a hearty portion of Bhatt ki churkani (hill-grown black bean curry), bhang chutney and spicy potatoes. On another visit, I tried the homely Sindhi Kadhi, served with crispy, twice-cooked potatoes. The Kerala stew with appam was ordinary, the chicken version better, but our taste buds got dancing again with a bite of Parsi Salli Boti (non-veg mains Rs 365), goat meat in a tomato gravy. The flavourful Konkan Fish Curry came next, along with Goan Gali­nha Cafreal, which was let down by the toughness of the chilly-coriander spiced chicken breast. One hopes the limited menu will be a rotating one—but hey, please let the Bhapa Doi Cheesecake stay.

Bibliofile The Majuli Melange
Download the Outlook ​Magazines App. Six magazines, wherever you go! Play Store and App Store

Post a Comment

You are not logged in, please Log in or Register
  • Daily Mail

More than a decade after India first started the procurement process, it has finally inked an €8bn agreement to buy 36 Rafale fighter jets from France’s Dassault. The original deal was to buy 126 Rafales to replace the accident-prone Russian MiG-21s. Ultimately, the government offered to buy only 36 ready-to-fly planes.

POLL STARTED ON: Sep 26, 2016
Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro is hosting the 31st Olympic Games from August 5 to 21. This is the first Olympics being held in South America and is going on even as a majority Brazilians are unhappy with their rulers. Here’s a quiz on some random Olympic facts and related trivia.
QUIZ STARTED ON: Aug 11, 2016