Thursday, 15 June 2017

Gastronomic Delights At Raftaar...

Raftaar - The High Speed Lounge & Bar Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Raftaar is one of the lounges on the happening F&B scene in Punjabi Bagh and the place where the sundowners happen is the coveted Club Road.



Modeled after the need for speed, and all things automobile, Raftaar is being marketed as a 'High Speed Bar And Lounge' since its establishment and is spread across two extensively spacious floors, though seating is not crammed at all.



Out of the third and fourth floors that the outlet is set across, the fourth floor also features outdoor seating that could be considered as the smoking zone.




The place is adorned with a life-size vintage red beast parked at the entrance of the premises with a wheel or two being thrown in as a decorative prop. The entrance also features monochrome snaps of vintage automobiles too. The decor and interiors, however, are done with a modern element going into them.




Being marketed as a lounge, the outlet is moderately lit, with two private dining spaces, occasional live band sessions, live screening of sports matches (with the ongoing ICC Champions Trophy in full swing), and a DJ to its credit.




Coincidentally, Chef Karan was there to thoughtfully curate a meal for us when we visited the outlet, presenting us with his favorite recipes tuned to our preferences.


I could see why they're the most popular items on the menu and would recommend the same if you visit Raftaar too. All the dishes were brilliantly prepared as well as presented to us, thanks to Chef.

Appetizers: 

Chicken Akbari



Mushroom Galauti was melt-in-mouth and simply fantastic.


Filo Wrap had melted cheese and veggies stuffed in filo sheet and wrapped thereafter. The accompanying dip went along well.



Chicken Cilantro was served in a crust basket, with chicken chunks topped with cilantro.



Broccoli Ki Shami is yet to be introduced into the Menu, and Chef presented it as his special recipe.



Murg Peshawari



Mocktails: 

Paan Asian Mojito had real पान and गुलकन्द going into its making and thus had a lingering flavor.


Head In The Clouds had blueberries and maple foam as its ingredients, and thus had a symbolic face made on top of the foam.



Blueberry Cinnamon was a refresher, with the striking cinnamon flavor.



Pina Colada is the classic beverage done right, and it was topped with cherries.



Main Course: 



Nachos Crusted Fish 'n' Chips is one of the most innovative dishes I've had. It is Chef's spin-off on Rava Fish and was presented as a fantastic platter.



Dhingri Dolma was a fine preparation involving mushroom and minced cottage cheese.



Paneer Khaas Makhani is Raftaar's take on the classic gravy.



Dal Makhni was quite good.


Jaituni Cheese Naan had life-size जैतून or Olive and it went well along with the curries.

Jalapeno Cheese Kulcha can be considered a sibling of Olive Naan and had an appreciable number of jalapenos as a topping.



Dessert: 

Brownie Sundae was served in a martini glass and had cubes of brownie concealed by ice-cream that had a drizzle of chocolate sauce on top.



All in all, Raftaar comes across as a perfect option in West Delhi for a relaxed weekend evening with friends over fantastic food and great banter. :)

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