In a magical setting surrounding a pretty courtyard, national award-recipient chef Ravitej Nath gathers seasonal produce and redirects it through his creative cuisine, teeming with flavours and respect for the product. The creations flatter the taste buds, while the presentation is pleasing to the eye. Behind familiar flavours are the freshest ingredients sourced mainly from their own kitchen garden and farm. The ‘Terra’—a potato rösti accompanied by creamed truffle and thyme mushrooms, perfectly blended with a cheesy sauce, and served with a citrus salad—best epitomises the chef’s leitmotif of combining old school with new.
I love the ‘Chatarr Patarr’, a stellar selection of millet papdi pomegranate chaat, home-made golgappe and paani, and crisp palak patta chaat!
But, hold it right there, because Under The Neem does some amazing mains too like the Kis khet ki mooli ho tum?, which consists of farm-fresh radish, its leaves, and multi-grain paratha served with Dal Moradabadi, desi ghee, jaggery, homemade pickles and matka dahi....divine!
And yes, do not leave without trying the mandarin orange and curry leaf iced tea; the tangy little citrus jewels and curry leaves from the Chalets' gardens blended together make a refreshing beverage that includes a good dose of immunity boosters. From your first sip of the iced tea to your last crumb of the truly transcendental dark chocolate cake, dining here is a sheer delight.
Where: Under the Neem, Karma Chalets at Karma Lakelands, Sector 80, Gurugram, Haryana
What: Top-notch cosmopolitan fare and nutritious beverages only add to the charm of the British-styled space
What not to miss: Try the slow-cooked roast chicken in red wine sauce. The technique ensures the juiciest chicken with the crispiest skin
Timings: 12.30pm-7pm for non-residents and 9.30am-10pm for residents