A platterful of global cuisine

A platterful of global cuisine

Medieval mantra

An armour greets us at the entrance leading to a dimly-lit staircase. We tread carefully, until we reach the door which throws open to ‘Lord of the Drinks’ (LOD),
a luxurious and spacious cafe nestled in the heart of the city.

The lights give the 18,000 square feet cafe an orange-tinge, while the music sets the mood the minute you step in. However, giving the loud music a miss, we opt to settle on the terrace — with the weather, thankfully, permitting us to do so. From one section on the upper floor of the cafe, which draws inspiration from the medieval period, one can overlook the traffic-laden roads of Connaught Place, while the remaining area is covered with rampart-like structures – in tune with the theme.

Elucidating the idea behind LOD, owner Priyank Sukhija tells Metrolife: “It won’t disappoint any person with a flair for best of food and drinks. The interiors are inspired from the medieval world as it depicted royalty. The place has the best of furniture with a décor that reminds you of royalty, a Billiard room for entertainment, a huge terrace and the only place in India to introduce the concept of ‘community table’ where you can
network,” he says.

To begin, we order Lord’s Martini, a concoction of vodka, watermelon, basic, vanilla and ginger, from ‘LOD’s Signature Cocktails’. The cocktail was a smooth blend of myriad flavours with none overpowering the other. Even though my friend was keen on trying Black Jack, comprising of whiskey, blackberry, ginger ale and lime, its unavailability made him opt for the extremely “strong” Power Stroke Long Island Iced Tea. True to its name serves alcohol at pocket-friendly prices.

To give company to drinks, we were served Chicken Crostini and Mushroom Crostini from the ‘European Appetizer’ section, which according to Metrolife, was the perfect start to a sumptuous evening. While the vegetarian crostini had a hearty topping of
mushrooms, the non-vegetarian variant left behind a lingering taste of bell peppers — scoring over its vegetarian counterpart.

Next up was Sweet Chilli Basil Paneer and Drums of Heaven from the ‘Chinese Appetizer’ section. The paneer dish had a Thai twist to it, where sweet basil sauce was added to separate it from the regular chilli paneer fare served across oriental restaurants. A refreshing take, we thought. Still relishing the sweet taste of cottage cheese, and we were served the succulent Creamy Olive Chicken Tikka — tikka tossed in cream and chopped olives - along with bun maska and keema pao.

Impressed by the huge list of appetizers — Indian, European and Chinese — we question if it is a conscious decision to go ‘global’ rather than stick to one speciality cuisine and Sukhija says, “The idea of serving global cuisine is to make it a mass accepted place. So right from pizzas for kids to Indian flavours for adults, we want LOD to have food for each appetite. When you stick to one speciality cuisine, you restrict the audience.”

Taking a break from the burst of appetising flavours, we opt for light main course dishes and are totally blown away by what we are served. While the Chicken Curry, with its gravy prepared using watermelon seeds, was extremely creamy and smooth, the Chicken in Devil’s Sauce gave us a runny nose — thanks to the gracious quantity of chillies in there! However, the cream of the crop was the LIIT with Kala Khatta chuski which provided relief from the hot dish and ended our gastronomic journey on the perfect note.
A must go place for a hearty meal which is fulfilling yet light on the stomach.

*Address: G-72, block G, first floor, outer circle, Connaught Place.
*Time: 12 noon to 12.30 pm
*Meal for two: Rs 1,200 ++
Contact number: 9999827144, 9999827155

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