Rare cuisine for a cafe

Rare cuisine for a cafe

With restaurants offering something new to eat sprouting up every other day in the Capital, it’s difficult for them to stand out. But with a great logo and large sign, Farzi Cafe definitely attracts your attention in Connaught Place.

Re-contextualised for the modern day diner, Farzi Cafe makes Indian dining cool. Amalgamating the European bistro with Indian food, it offers Indian bistro dining

The place offers a playful, high-energy ambiance. The music is for the 90s kid, there is Backstreet Boys, Kesha, Jlo and other pop songs playing, no pretence intended on this aspect. The loud music keeps less scope for talkers. The place seemed a bit too congested for Tuesday night, but that could be taken in good spirit by many. There is also a live bar, where you will see cocktail mixes happening in front of your eyes. They have in-house blends and techniques which soon might have a fan following.

The menu has an elaborate hoppers section, among other features, there are Asparagus and water chestnut khurma, fresh coconut appam, eggs, curry leaf pepper appam, Malaya prawns and pan fried Sri Lankan Hoppers. The cafe also offers the Tapas style menu (Spanish origin), like the quesadillas, which are mostly Indianised. There is a large fancy hookah menu also, which Metrolife didn’t lay its hands on.

From the first dish to the last, the foremost quality of the place is their presentation. Their idea tops, but the taste may not always compliment with the other two. We
ordered a mix of starters such as Tempura fried prawns, nimboo mirch air, which was the best of the lot. The prawns were lavishly garnished with a nitrogenous foam, which comes from their new technology-based cooking. But the Goat cheese tangri kebab was embarrassingly marinated in white cream with a red chutney on the side. The dish is what can be described as‑ tandoori chicken legs in white cream. Best consumed hot, after cooling down it loses most of its gastronomical meaning.

Asparagus and water chestnut kurma, fresh coconut appam and Bheja fry, fresh coriander and cumin appam were the last mood-elevating dishes that we had. From the main course, these two dishes are distinct in presentation and taste. The South-Indian style dish is worth every bite. Vegetarian Water chestnut kurma is filling and guiltlessly telling tales of what mayonnaise, cream and cheese can do to you. The vegetables are nicely submerged in the creamy sauce, the appam just makes it better. The Bheja fry is rich and spicy, Kerala style. These two Indian innovations are rare in cafe-bar cuisines.

Our food was always accompanied with cocktails, Bang Bang and Chuski Margharita, turned out to be good. Farzi cocktails seem low on alcohol but still there is definite contentment after their consumption.

For dessert, the Chocolate dirt pile was a crumpled chocolate sponge cake, with strawberries, almonds, caramels chunks mixed. On the side, they give you a chocolate sauce to pour on the dry cake. After that it’s gooey, and tastes more or less what it would at home with a chocolate cake from your nearest store. It’s too simple and will not satiate a sweet lovers tooth.

n Address:  E Block, Connaught Place
n Cost for two: Rs 2,200 plus taxes
n Timings: 12 pm to 1 am

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