I enjoy different cuisines and that’s quite obvious from the amount I eat out and of course review them. But I can be very fussy with certain cuisines and unfortunately North Indian falls into that category. I love certain dishes and if it’s not done right I can be very blunt in my reviews and also quite disappointed. Hence I am selective about the restaurants who offer North Indian cuisine.
One such restaurant I have come across is Delhi Highway. Though I have passed this restaurant numerous times in the last year and visited all other restaurants around it, I really never thought about trying them out.
An opportunity came my way recently when I had to meet some friends who were mainly vegetarian and the meet up was convenient for all in Indira Nagar. It was a weekday dinner and we were all meeting after office hence it was around by the time all of us got together. Being located on the busy 12th Main Road they have valet which is a plus.
The restaurant has a royal and majestic feel which is visible from the outside itself and is quite impressive when you enter with its gold lined walls, marble floors and wood decor which one cannot miss. We decided to occupy the upstairs seating on the divan / bench as we were a big group.
We started our meal with a Frozen Mint Mojito , Triple Orange and Apple Mojito which were soothing especially after a hard day’s work and traffic.
One of us took over the reins on ordering and the Mojito was followed by a tangy and mildly spicy Tomato Dhania Shorba. Since we were catching up after a long time we were quite engrossed in our own conversations when the appetizers were served. Though I do not recollect which order our starters were served I do remember the quirky presentation of the Cone Masala Papad which tasted very good.
Among the starters we ordered for Pani Puri, Achari Paneer Tikka, Naram dil Kebab, Bhala Papdi Chat, Charcoal Mushroom and Broccoli Pesto Tikki.
While all the starters were good, I especially liked the Achari Paneer Tikka and Naram dil Kebab which I understand is one of their signature dishes.
The Pani Puri is more of a fusion version being served with different panis ranging from Cranberry to Mango to the usual flavours. Their chats are all well prepared and served in a jiffy on order.
Another dish which we ordered on insistence by our attender was the Mini Kulchas. This was the best dish ordered and tasted heavenly. A note of warning, this is not a dish for the health conscious!
After filling ourselves with loads of starters, I knew I cannot miss their Thali and we ordered ourselves a few thalis, with some of the ladies in the group deciding to share their thalis. Their Thali looks absolutely mouth watering and inspite of being quite full, I managed to have quite a bit of their thali which included Dum Biryani, Ghee Rice, Pindi Chana, Paneer Lababdar, Dal Makhni, Malai Kofta, Kadai Paneer and Raita. While I really liked the thali as a whole, my standout dishes were the Dum Biryani and Paneer Lababdar.
Though I do not have much of a sweet tooth especially the North India variety of sweets, my friends decided to go ahead and order Jalebi with Rabdi and Anjeer Halwa. The jalebi looked sumptuous and I could not stop myself from devouring a few. I did try a spoon of the halwa which I found a bit too sweet for my taste though very rich.
Some of us needed a drink to wash our heavy meal down and their lassi came to our rescue. A very well prepared lassi called Special Delhi Lassi made with the right thickness ended our meal on a happy note.
The prices are a bit on the higher side and I am sure that mainly due to the kind of ingredients used and the quality of food served to their patrons. We had a lot of fun at the get together and I am glad to say that our choice of restaurant and food made it a memorable one.
Delhi Highway is one of the few vegetarian restaurants which has left a lasting impression and is a great place for friends as well as family.