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LUTYENS COCKTAIL HOUSE

Throughout the course of his illustrious career, Priyankh Sukhija has taken pleasure in transforming culinary formulas in a distinctive, modern style at his spacious hi-energy uptown establishments in Delhi NCR. So is it any wonder that discerning diners and the social set cannot wait for the launch of his newest venture? 

 

On a prime spot in Janpath sits soon-to-open modern European restaurant and lounge, Lutyens Cocktail House. On entering, the first impression was of a library-theme lounge with shelves displaying coffee table books, walls lined with stunning art that appears as a window to this multi-faceted city, interesting artefacts, central bar and tables with plush high chairs — all this with EDM and old school retro tracks making the ambience lively. Since I was at a food trial days before its scheduled to open, I requested the chef to serve me their signature dishes and quizzed him on what made it distinctive. "Our plating. We serve flavourful dishes without the frills" he said and demonstrated it with his version of "Caesar Salad": crisp bed of Romaine with sunny side-up egg and Parmesan. It was sumptuous and devoured in no time! Up next was "Poached Pear Salad" — baby carrots, aragula, grilled onions one could dab in mustard mascarpone — refreshing and zesty!

 

I was then advised to order aggressively to get a feel of the cuisine. The manager answered queries about specials and made knowledgeable suggestions so pretty soon dinner began with “Wasabi Prawn Mango Salsa". The fresh prawns in wasabi marinade, slathered with mango relish, was delicious—it tasted like it had just been hauled from the waters and prepped; it was that fresh! I told the chef right then I'd be back for more! Up next was a platter of chicken and jalapeño-mustard mayo croquettes: melt-in-the-mouth parcels of delight! I didn't stop at one! The wild mushrooms with truffle aioli was a favourite; it was simply sumptuous. "Roasted Paprika Chicken" was well-seasoned, its flavour heightened by roast garlic mayo, and murmurs of gratification was elicited. Yes, the contemporary no-frills cuisine will be a star attraction at Lutyens Cocktail Bar! Enjoying the music and plush ambience, I sipped on watermelon juice and awaited the mains — "Beetroot Risotto" and "New Zealand Lamb Chops” — though there are dishes I've to try on another visit, like Duck Confit, Seafood Paella, Lutyens Pie. The burgers with interesting fillings were lustworthy too! 

 

Coming back to my meal, risotto was transcended to a masterpiece with roast beetroot and asparagus blended with Arborio rice and presented artistically. Lamb chops, served with potato and grilled turnip, was fresh and well-spiced. Hmm I've used the words "fresh" and "flavoursome" a lot during tonight's feast… haven't I? It must have made an impact! Before I knew it, it was dessert hour and I was coaxed into sampling "The Chocolate Box" packed with masala tea ganache, opera cake, fudge brownie, parfait, cremeux… decadent end to a fine dinner embellished with attentive service. My last thoughts while driving home? Restaurateur Priyankh Sukhija has done it yet again! Lutyens Cocktail House is slated to open mid-April. Its legacy begins…

— JASMEEN DUGAL

 
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