Indian restaurants

"Once upon a time, several many years ago, lived an English tea merchant in a home built with love, and with stories on walls and pictures that talk." After carving a niche at The Promenade Vasant Kunj, Hauz Khas Village and Khan Market, Smoke House Deli opened in DLF Place Saket — with tea-steeped illustrations by their in-house team on the walls, new dishes on the menu and a new decor. This outlet has been modelled as a tea room with floral upholstery and lace-fringed floral table covers and lamps—the pop of color was unique to this outlet and the one at Pali Village Mumbai.  Interesting. I love a restaurant that speaks to diners. Here you will find bartenders who mix drinks with artisanal bitters and a variety of fine alcohol to satisfy the most righteous snob. 


So I thought as I sipped fresh watermelon martini while Dad chose chilled beer and we contemplated the "Smoked Chicken and Caper-berries Salad" served in a wooden bowl. Orange vodka dressing added texture to the salad and the bowl was empty in no time! If I come for a soup and salad some day — this is one i would order again! The "Lamb and Chipotle Patties" was tender and flavourful.  As we sat back to enjoy the mall view and unobtrusive music the server refilled our drinks and the manager came over to ask our preferences before making stellar suggestions. Dad ordered "Chilli Crusted Cobbler with Turmeric Risotto" while I chose "Half Roasted Chicken" with zucchini and rosemary potatoes. I have to pause here to add that the just-plucked freshness of ingredients used to whip up the haute cuisine is perhaps what separates Smoke House Deli from others that keep popping up relentlessly. As expected both entrees were of the gourmet-comfort-food genre: delicious and wholesome—and designed to be consumed free of distraction. Dads seafood experience was gratifying with the spiced cobbler carved over the risotto while my roast chicken was tender and each forkful evoked murmurs of pleasure. Though we were stuffed, I had heard a lot about the signature desserts and we decided to split warm apple crumble served with Ice Cream. Sinfully delightful! 


Reminiscing about the luncheon at Smoke House Deli Saket, I marvel how Riyaaz Amlani has transformed it from a local cult favourite into one of the most talked-about delis in the nation. A lot of credit of our enjoyable experience goes to the management—particularly Ram and Isha Sharma—who were always around to ensure guests comfort and offer bang-on suggestions. Highly recommended!