The French Connection

The French Connection
French cuisine has a new address in New Delhi,

The freshly baked cookies, the buttered croissants, the variety of bread. L’Opéra has mastered them all

Simrran Gill
April 10 , 2020
05 Min Read

Beginning your Sunday with a wholesome meal is the idea of a perfect weekend for most of us. And how often do we find ourselves thinking about that well-buttered croissant or that baguette sandwich? If that perfect loaf of bread or that aptly round macaroon is your weakness, Delhi has something in store for you. 

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Located conveniently next to the Civil Lines metro station, L’Opéra Café Restaurant stands in a heritage building. The place retains its old world charm from the time when Britishers resided here during the Raj and it makes for great dining setting. Committed to delivering the best of French cuisine, L’Opéra's first café restaurant serves soups, posh toasts, a selection of large plates, and delectable desserts. We got our hands on their lavish spread one Sunday afternoon and here’s what we found: 


What We Loved

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The colonial architecture outdoors and the warm ambience indoors works well for L’Opéra. Their non-complex yet chic decor is something we couldn’t have enough of. Done up tastefully in white, gold and shades of brown, it makes for a perfect setting for a delightful meal. 

What Not To Miss
Their menu includes some of the finest tastes of French cuisine which makes it quite tough choice to pick out a handful of dishes. However, we tried. The first on our list was the broccoli and cheese soup, and the Caprese salad. Even if you don’t like your greens, allow both these items to change your perception. The soup, made with farm fresh broccoli and some gruyère cheese, takes you to food heaven, straight up. Gruyère cheese, known for a taste transformation as it ages, enhances the rich flavours of the soup. The salad, dressed with buffalo mozzarella and pine nut pesto, is more tangier and flavourful. 

Next we got our hands on the posh toasts. We opted for vegetarian—grilled mushrooms, shallots and peppercorn. The pocket-sized slices of paradise are highly recommended if you’re looking for something light and delectable. 

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Penne Arrabiata is next on our recommendation list. The aroma of the rich sauce reaches you before the serving does. If our stomachs weren’t so full, we surely would have gone for an extra serving. 

What We Would Go Back For
Their range of desserts, as well as beverages, pulled us in for more. Our personal favourites include the rich dark chocolate fondant, tarte tatin and the popcorn and caramel shake. We also 12/10 recommend Chef Pragati Mitta’s delectable curation and the warmth of the staff at their outlet. 

Where: L’Opéra Café Restaurant, Civil Lines
Pocket Pinch: Rs1,200 for two

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