Hyatt Regency Delhi has pulled off the impossible—or at least unimaginable—by opening a new restaurant during the pandemic. To be honest, their Mediterranean and Levantine cuisine outlet—named Syrah after the Shiraz grape varietal—had been in the works when the lockdown struck and delayed the opening. Designed by Dubai-based interior designer Michelle Evans, the restaurant’s blue tones impart a casual yet chic vibe. There’s lots of outdoor seating by the pool, which seems in tune with the times.
As for the food, it’s a lot of healthy options from the eastern Mediterranean, which seem deceptively simple, but pulling off the correct flavours requires skill and experience. This is where Hyatt has scored an ace—or two, shall we say—with its expat chefs: chef de cuisine Mohamed Hussein Ibrahim Kasem and sous chef Abdulkarim Kurdieh.
At the opening, Julian Ayers, General Manager, Hyatt Regency Delhi, said, “Hyatt Regency Delhi has a long history of serving great food. We expect Syrah to follow in that tradition. To ensure authenticity we are sourcing both our chefs and our ingredients directly from the bazaars of the Near East.”
The menu features refreshing salads, inviting grills and expansive mezze platters, with top-notch straight-from-the-farm ingredients.
There’s a sophisticated drinks menu with signature cocktails and, of course, excellent wine at hand. But really the best part is the sweet finish, with the most delectable umm ali this side of the Arabian Sea.
Where: Hyatt Regency Delhi, Bhikaji Cama Place, Ring Road, Delhi
When: 7pm-11.30pm (Wednesday to Sunday) and Sunday brunch
Pro tip: Don’t miss out on Aleyna, the signature cocktail