United Coffee House, in Connaught Place since 1942, is one of Delhi's most iconic restaurants for breakfast, sumptuous snacks, Indian and world cuisine — including 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 their passion to sip coffee, read a book and relish a favourite dish for hours. Today, showcased as a must—visit restaurant in 'Lonely Planet', the ambience is colonial chic with polished wood and chandeliers.
So, when I heard the restaurant had begun delivery services, I quickly placed an order for the chefs specials for my parents and I. Riding on its legacy, it won us over. Dinner began with 'Chicken Pepper Steak'. The steak was melt- in- the- mouth sumptuous. A meal in itself with a side of steamed rice, grilled vegetables and fries, bringing with it a wave of memories of when I had it as a teenager… a dish I'll be dialling in for pretty soon!! The second dish 'UHC Butter Chicken' was on point, accompanied with pudina paratha and Dal Makhani.
The meal ended on a sweet note with 'Atomic Jamun' — a gulab jamun the size of a cake! As I pen this review, I can't help think that the fresh fabulous comfort food will reel in diners and keep them coming back. It's a great culinary experience for the young who want to broaden their culinary horizon and senior citizens who would go back in time with each forkful of the classic dishes. I, for one, can't wait to come back and try Tomato Fish, and Kiev. Bon Appetite!
— JASMEEN DUGAL