When it comes to a gastronomical affair, options in Delhi are plenty. But being true to the commitment of flavours is an act only mastered by some. And Chef Anas Qureshi at Molecule Air Bar held his end of the commitment with his skilful culinary expertise.
Once we decided where to settle at the new Molecule Air Bar in Green Park, there was never a dull moment. Their rooftop makes for a wonderful setting for an elaborate brunch or for an evening of drinks and dinner. The first thing that strikes you as soon as you enter the place is the decor. Done up tastefully with a contemporary and futuristic vibe, it makes it difficult to choose between the indoor area and the rooftop. We chose the latter.
The restaurant has a great selection of cocktails. Their take on the classic gin and tonic is refreshing. We put to test their ‘Your Mood Your Cocktail’ which captured our mood in liquid form. We just had to give our server a brief.
Molecule’s gol gappa shots took over our hearts that evening. Tangy, sweet and the right amount of spicy, this fun take on the popular street food was enough to start our evening right.
The shots were followed by Dragon Smoke Popcorn, a personal favourite. Flavoured popcorn in liquid nitrogen were perfect to nibble on. One of the most intriguing elements (pun intended) about Molecule’s menu is their personal twist to everything traditional. Unlike many others, they’ve created a niche in (successful) experimenting.
Right from their edible lava coal to their chole bhature taco, which was next on the table, they spun the flavours just right. If you’ve ever been to Delhi, or stayed here for a while, you will get the city’s obsession with chhole. Whether it’s samosas, kachoris, bhaturas or even rice, Delhi people can pair them up with everything skilfully. Molecule's chhole bhature taco was no different. Crunchy and packed with flavour, we recommend you give it a try.
My partner in-dine, usually on a quest for lip-smacking non-vegetarian food, was also mighty impressed with what was presented on the table, especially by the naked chicken dimsums. With a close similarity to a meatball, these dimsums, were true to their name—naked without an outer covering. However, there was no compromise on the taste. If anything, they were juicier than their dressed counterpart.
We also recommend the Butter Chicken Tarts which came in bite-sized portions. They were creamy, light on the palette and with a string of familiar flavours that have a lingering taste.
My dine-in partner ordered the Punjabi Lamb Chops. Even before the chops arrived, their aroma reached us and we were silently hoping that this dish was headed for our table. The meat, tender and well charred, paved way for delectable tandoori flavours.
A good meal, as they say, is incomplete without a dessert. Engaging in the gulab jamun cheesecake was just what was needed to end our evening on the perfect note. It had the traditional texture of a cheesecake with a lateral surprise sweetness of a gulab jamun.
Where: Molecule Air Bar, Green Park Extension, Green Park
Pocket Pinch: Rs 1,200 for two