Even though I last dIned at in-Q before the lockdown, every detail of that meal is clearly etched on my mind. After being shut for a spot of renovation in time for its 20th anniversary, The Manor, Delhi’s finest boutique hotel, reopened late last year, as stylish as ever, and with reinvented F&B offerings. Among them was the fine-dining in-Q, opened where Indian Accent used to be. The menu is similar—probably because regular guests would expect it—but I daresay I found the food better than its legendary predecessor. Aditya Kumar Jha is clearly a chef to watch. The restaurant is currently shut for dine-in but when it reopens, I’d suggest you opt for the 14-course signature tasting menu, which changes seasonally. Both veg and non-veg options are equally good.
The presentation is quirky but the flavours remain authentic. If you’re one of those diners who are wary of molecular gastronomy, they’ll manage to convert you. The highlights of my meal (I chose veg) were a green salad, the gobhi, and a yam steak. I finished off with a showstopping shrikhand which arrived in a gravity-defying snow-ball shape and a berry yoghurt kulfi to die for. Currently they’re only doing home delivery and contactless pick-up, and the dishes have been tweaked accordingly.
Pro Tip: They have a great selection of wines; for something non-alcoholic, ask for the kombucha.
Where: 77, Friends Colony West
Contact: themanordelhi.com; call at +91-11- 46877777 or +91-9319566366
Timings: 12pm-10.30pm (for delivery)