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United Coffee House, in Connaught Place since 1942, is one of Delhi's iconic restaurants for breakfast, sumptuous snacks, Indian and world cuisine — including signature dishes it sold six decades back. I had first heard about it when Dad mentioned he used to visit it during his youth… during those days, it was an intimate coffee house with clientage spanning bureaucrats, industrialists and artists unified by the passion to sip coffee, read a book and relish their favourite dishes for hours. Today, showcased as a must—visit restaurant in Lonely Planet, the ambience is colonial chic with polished wood and chandeliers.


So I was quite delighted to hear that United Coffee House Rewind has opened an outlet in Epicuria, closer to home, and planned luncheon. Riding on its legacy, it won me over with a menu packed with classic comfort dishes from Delhi, Kolkata and Chettinad. Perusing the voluminous menu, I ordered their signature 'Keema Samosa' and Tomato Fish while my friend preferred ‘Railway Mutton Curry'. I'm not one to rave about savouries but the crisp deep-fried samosa was packed with mince meat, drizzled with mint sauce, and sprinkled with grated onions and green pepper. It was a marvellous creation that meat lovers have relished since decades and continue to… the menu had it pegged — 'nobody makes giant samosas like we do'. My friend mentioned the diced mutton and potatoes braised in a spicy curry of coriander seeds, brown onion, dry red chilli and coconut curry was on point! Conversation and camaraderie flowed and then my entree arrived. The 'Tomato Fish' — sole fillets simmered in tomato gravy and served with vegetables and fries — melted in the mouth with each forkful, bringing with it nostalgia, memories of when I had it as a teenager in Tollygunge Club, Kolkata. It was 'off-the-hook' fresh… something I'll be back for! No wonder the menu mentions it as 'most popular dish since 1962'.


Walking out, I couldn't help reflecting that United Coffee House Rewind has become a favorite hangout for first-timers who have spread the word about the unique menu and food quality and also for those who return to relish favourite dishes since childhood… like my father does. In fact, Darjeeling Roast Chilli Pork, Chicken Pepper Steak, Coc Au Vin and A'la Kiev are reputed to be out of this world! As this restaurant is always packed, it’s advisable to make reservations and discover for yourself the culinary secrets of what lies beyond the gilded door. Bon Appetite!


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United Coffee House, Epicuria, Nehru Place New Delhi

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