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YETI THE HIMALAYAN KITCHEN

Located on prime real estate in Connaught Place, 'Yeti — The Himalayan Kitchen' has been conceptualised to celebrate dishes from Nepal, Sikkim and Bhutan — taking diners through a culinary trip of the regions.

 

Having opened in Connaught Place, after successful innings in Haus Khas Village and Greater Kailash II, I was looking forward to luncheon there. Walking in, I was pleasantly surprised to find a soothing ambience in the hub of Delhi — exposed brick walls, simple wooden furniture, flute music, mandalas, Tibetan player wheels and flags — a clear indicator that this was going to be an interesting experience! Choosing a table at the corner, I perused the menu and with such delicious dishes to choose from, including 'Phokso' — goat stir fried with onions, tomatoes and Nepalese spices; 'Newari Momo Cha' — traditional Newari bite-sized momos served in sauce, 'Shabalay' — Tibetan deep-fried meat pie; and 'Ema Datchi' — Bhutanese dish made with meat, green chilli and cheese sauce, to name just a few… I was in a culinary daze.

 

After enquiring about my meat preferences and spice tolerance, the manager recommended Shabalay and Ema Datchi. Up first was Shabalay — traditional Tibetan meat pie where the dough is stuffed with the meat of your choice, cabbage and chilli, fashioned into semi-circular shapes, deep fried and served with three sauces, ranging from mild to fiery!! The server mentioned that it is loved in the Tibetan community and a hot favourite at their pot-luck gatherings! No wonder, too, it was insanely sumptuous! In no time, the three pieces, which I dipped in Szechuan pepper sauce, was demolished. And I was really beginning to appreciate the intensive research that had gone into curating the authentic menu.

 

As I sat back and enjoyed yak-butter tea while waiting for the entrée, I observed the waitstaff as they worked the dining space, checking on tables. They were sincerely taking care of diners. And then the entree arrived, preceded by a tantalising aroma. Hey, I'm not exaggerating when I say I've never had something so sumptuous, a dish I will return for time and again! Ema Datchi — acclaimed as the national dish of Bhutan. The stew made of homemade cheese, green chilli and pork, served with bread, immediately transported me back to my travels in Bhutan. If, like me, you’re the kind of spice fan who likes to sprinkle tabasco over habanera peppers, then Ema Datchi is a must-have. Bhutanese cuisine is not for the faint-hearted… and this is the real deal. All thoughts of dieting was forgotten as I mopped up the sinful stew with the accompanying bread. It was heaven on a plate!! There are vegetarian options too, with the meat replace with mushroom, potatoes or simply cheese and chilli…

 

Kudos to the team of Yeti for their gastronomic expertise and for sharing their culinary passion through the curated menu based on research and travel, and to the management for the pleasure of a fine table. I highly recommending dropping in with friends and family, or even alone like I did, for the most sumptuous, simple Himalayan cuisine in a rustic- chic ambience. I know I will be back for the Nepalese, Bhutanese or Newari platters soon. Bon Appétit!

— JASMEEN DUGAL

 
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Yeti, The Collonade, Connaught Place, New Delhi

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