Just last month, I had been to 38 Barracks, Connaught Place. This time however, my visit came about as a consequence of their Modern Day Navratri Blogger's Luncheon.
If you haven't read about my great experience here in the past, please do so after you read about this one.
With the motivation to cook something up their sleeve that represents out-of-the-box, Ankur and Chef Gautam Chaudhary have come up with another twist to their progressive cuisine by presenting an exclusive range of cyclic Menu(s) catering to the believed-to-be auspicious time of Navratri.
I believe it to be a concept of 'Feast As You Fast' having savored dishes from one of the three Navratri Menu(s) proposed.
Catch is, they've modernized the concept of a Navratri's fasting meal by not proposing a Thali with minuscule portions of each dish/food item but by preparing and presenting each dish that is a burst of flavors on your palate altogether.
Coming across as a full-fledged four-course meal priced at ₹799++ pp, it is a bang for the buck. If all the courses do not form for your cup of tea, you could also go for the course of your choice or even particular dishes of your liking.
Arrived to the pleasant sight of a full-house and the pleasant sound of a talented artist performing classic melodies and newer tunes.
Begun the meal with their Welcome Drink which was a Virgin Pina Colada, imparting much needed chill in the sweltering heat. It had a pineapple slice topping on its side.
Among the Appetizers, savored Sabudana Aur Prunes Ki Tikki, prunes lending it a sweet touch and otherwise also, the Tikki was melt-in-mouth, and Kurkuri Kamal Kakdi, i.e. fried lotus stem crisps served on a fried Sabudana Poppadom platter.
Also, the Sabudana Aloo Crispies were true to their name and taste - crisp on the outside but soft on the inside.
Missed out on Sweet Potato Crisps, but in place of it, had the Harissa Upma with Cottage Cheese Steaks char-grilled to perfection.
For the Main Course, the Cottage Cheese Parcels on a bed of Sago Risotto were an absolute delight and Singhaade Aur Aloo Ke Tikde with Chirojee Ki Dal were on point with their spice factor.
The Fresh Fruit Salad was presented with an array of Papaya, Pineapple, Green Apple and Watermelon slices.
Also tried their Watermelon and Orange-base mocktails, presented in a tall glass and bulb on a bed of fuming nitrogen respectively.
The Dessert came plated as Makhana Kheer with a surprise factor of Mango and Almond Crisps, relished to the end.
This experience at 38 Barracks was as good as the first one, and I hope that Ankur, Chef Gautam and Team 38 Barracks have many more Navratri(s) to look forward to, year after year, this being their successful first! :)