DRAMA ON YOUR PLATE
NAUTANKI - THE GASTRONOMICAL DRAMA
Nautanki - The Gastronomical Drama lives up to its name with its molecular gastronomy and a vibrant décor. The navy walls and peacock feather paintings aptly set the scene for ostentation. Diners can choose either a vegetarian or non-vegetarian set menu and then prepare for a nine-course tour de force of culinary theatrics. Go here with time to spare because the experience can last up to three hours as the food is performed and not simply plated.
Between the salad and the starter, a chat trolley is wheeled to the table and ingredients are assembled and doused in liquid nitrogen to produce a delicious jalebi ragda chaat. Also notable is the pani-pakodi bubble, which though pea sized, bursts with flavour, and the wild
mushroom and truffle oil momo which is a sophisticated twist on a loved classic.
The drama is forsaken when it comes to the main meal, where copious portions of curries such as malai kofta and prawn curry, are offered as options which fall a bit flat after the spectacle of the starters. But after a rich caramel coated, melt-in-the-mouth kulfi for dessert, one still leaves sweet memories.
MEAL FOR TWO Rs 1,500 AT Old IIM Road DETAILS nautankiamd.com
TASTE OF THE ORIENT Chef Li Chong of China House prepares exciting selection of Jain takes on Chinese dishes