Name of the Food Joint – Aanch
Location – 4th Floor, Shoppers Stop Mall, Rajouri Garden, Delhi
Here’s super tempting news for you all… From 1st of August, Aanch Restaurant located in Delhi will be introducing a revamped menu that is true concoction of taste and innovation. I was called for the exclusive pre launch review of this “Terrific 25” Menu and this review is all about it.
Aanch is an authentic Indian cuisine restaurant created to offer a boutique fine-dine experience. The décor of the place is sophisticated enough to appeal all age groups with a division into fine dining areas, lounges etc.
After analyzing the work pattern of this restaurant, I have realized that innovation is what rules it and adding new items to the menu is something that Aanch undertakes since past 5 years to surprise and retain its customers. This time Aanch is back with a concept of ‘Terrific 25’…. as they are planning to launch 25 new dishes in their menu. These are 25 curated dishes, which the team personally loves, and obviously has expertise over. So over a three course meal, you get to gulp down in a total of 25 exclusive dishes. These 25 dishes are just not a part of any random effort but has a well thought strategy and immense innovation and experimentation of taste behind it. I was recently invited for a preview table of this Terrific 25 menu as a part of this taste survey and was pleased with this opportunity of tasting everything before it opens for general public.
Coming to the menu… It consisted of the signature and hot selling dishes that is the part of their new menu. To begin with, there were soups, Mushroom Cappuccino and Chicken Tom Yum and both of them were good. As a starter, the first thing I tasted was Mahabali Paneer tikka, which was a mildly spiced but a high flavor dish made using soft cottage cheese. The taste was great and for vegetarians it is definitely a good option. Next on my plate was Gabbar ke Sholey ( Dahi ke kebabs) and were just perfect. The outside was crunchy and it was deliciously soft from inside. Following it was Veg Cheese Quesadilla. I must say that I didn’t expect from a north Indian specialty restaurant to serve this one right. But to my surprise, these cheesy quesadillas were amazing and better than many served in Mexican restaurants in Delhi. I think it was some sour yogurt and a spicy sauce that added the magic.
One of the main highlights and worth mentioning dishes of the meal were the Galouti Golgappas. It was a golguppa with a filling of galouti kebab inside. Yes… A non-vegitarian Golguppa! I really loved the innovation and ideology behind this dish. It had the crunchy golgappa with a spongy filling of galouti kebab which had minced meat with amazing flavours. Then came another delicacy… Shahi be Mahi! This was a very tender Fish Malai Tikka, and it was one of the best starters of the entire evening. The fish just melted in the mouth, was mildly spiced and too delicious. This one is a must try. But if you will ask me about the most innovative dishes from the menu, my answer would be Mango Chicken and Banana Chik, without a doubt. Not only the name is so alluring but, the mango chicken actually has ripe mango chunks innate in it, which takes this dish to next level. And talking about the Banana Chik, it had mouth melting chicken pieces come wrapped in the conventional banana leaves. The presentation took my heart!
Heading on the mains I started with Dal Makhani and Murg Makhanwala (Butter Chicken). I personally feel that for a restaurant to be successful in West Delhi especially, it should offer lip smacking Butter chicken and Dal Makhani and to my surprise these two dishes were just enticing enough to have more. Other items in the main course were Haleem served with a soft bread, Balti Murg, Creamy Ghosht, and Paneer Pasanda. All served with Mirchi Paranthas that were outstanding!
Finally, the meal came to an end and the dessert was served, it was Coconut Cigars with Vanilla Ice-Cream. The Coconut Cigars were crisp and tasted excellent dipped in Vanilla Ice-Cream. The presentation was great. I don’t like coconut flavor personally, but the dessert was actually delicious enough to make me ask for a repeat.
There is a wow factor not only behind what you eat at Aanch but also what you drink here. The bar menu is something that calls for attention. The signature cocktails includes drinks like Whiskey Apple Cinnamon that is a fine blend of Bourbon, apple nectar, aromatic bitter, cinnamon liqueur, lime juice built over an old fashioned glass. Or Kala Rusi which is the classic Black Russian twisted with amaretto and milk. You can also try Caramel Old Fashioned that is Bourbon, orange & aromatic bitter with caramelized sugar and water served with a malta peel. There are so many more innovative options that are a must try. For people who do not enjoy cocktails, you have some wondrous mocktail options in the menu. You can Try Anarkali, Chatpata Banta Badam or health conscious folks can try ‘ Pure Veg’ (Cucumber nectar fresh ginger juice, angostura bitter & fresh cucumber slice, mixed and served in tall glass)! I personally loved Veggie Virgin Mary…
In a nutshell, it was an amazing experience… One of the oldest buzz spot of Rajouri Garden is back in a new avatar. I highly recommend the offerings from the new menu at Aanch and would say you will not regret at all!
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