How do you up the dining experience in a city that’s already bursting at its seams with dining options? Restaurateur Zorawar Kalra is good at creating spaces where it seemed like there was room for no more. His newest baby has inched its way to the exciting One Style Mile near the Qutub Minar in New Delhi and is located in a beautiful building here. Bo Tai (don’t miss the pun on bow tie in the name) specialises in contemporary Thai food and European grills. The interiors are all chrome and metal, shiny, upbeat and international. The island bar occupies central position in the and the signature cocktails are wow-worthy as the bar team has been trained by the best in London. There’s also a permanent marble DJ console so this spot is primed for partying.
The food though has to be the biggest draw (take a bow Chef Sahil Singh) with exceptionally pretty crockery (we are told it has been imported from Italy and Turkey) ideal for showcasing the delicately flavoured dishes that sing with the memory of Thai flavours and spices. Most plates are exceptional in their execution; fresh, summery, high-quality scallops, prawns, tuna, meats all treated with care, with a hint of Thai chilli, lemongrass, sweetness, sour elements. In addition to the fantastic Thai appetisers and side dishes (Hokkaido scallop carpaccio, tamarind crab cakes with sago wafers, and grilled soft shell crab), the mains give you staples and also European dishes like lamb chops and other grills. The service is attentive and Bo Tai makes a splash with its energetic, upscale vibe. It is sure to grab the attention of those looking for great food, great drinks and an even greater location.
Where 6/4, Kalka Das Marg, Mehrauli Road, Near Qutub Minar Reservations 9870587770/1
Meal for two: `3,500 plus taxes