It was my first visit to The Spice Route and upon entering the premises, my preconceptions were instantly proved wrong. It is not your generic fine dine restaurant with white-tablecloths, bright lighting with the unspoken agitation of protocol. The ambience is extremely warm and comforting mainly because it takes you on a visual journey of art, cultural fantasy and is designed on the principles of the Feng Shui.
The Spice Route offers South East Asian cuisines mainly Thai, Malaysian, Vietnamese, Kerala, Sri Lankan. The food accompanied with the interiors act as a look book of Asia’s rich heritage and culture.
Walking into a restaurant, the interior decor is the first thing that is noticeable. The Spice Route has done a stellar job at creating and maintaining the historic yet majestic vibe which instantly sweeps everyone off their feet!
The selection of the antiques and the interior decoration are perfectly in harmony – as if someone meandered back in history just to hand-pick them.
It took 7 years to create this architectural wonder and it was designed by Mr. Rajeev Sethi. The wall paintings were hand painted with flower & vegetable dyes brought in from a temple in Guruvayur, Kerala.
It felt like dining in a monastery the entire time I was there. The dim lights create a luxurious aura but that is not the only reason they are there. Due to the use of organic dyes and creating intricate designs, they are not supposed to be exposed to bright light. Therefore, live cooking which include stoves and cooking at a high flame are done outdoors.
Food & Drinks:
I got to experience the Seafood Winter Collection Menu curated by the unrivalled Chef Veena Arora.
The food was exceptional and the most refreshing change to witness was how evolved the menu is as they did not just serve the mainstream South East Asian dishes which are usually served in the city.
Instead of tweaking the ingredients in the already existing dishes or working around them, plenty of new dishes were introduced in the menu which led to a great start of the eating experience.
Chef Veena has experimented with diverse ingredients to produce pleasing flavours and really worked around the dishes to best suit them for the Indian taste simultaneously introducing them to new Pan Asian flavours.
The meal started with a bang when I was served Yera Arvatt Anjj. These are stir-fried king prawns with chillies, ginger, Kerala spices and yogurt. The prawns were extremely fresh and possessed a luscious texture.
Followed by the prawns, I ate the Yum Thalay. One of the best dishes from the menu – Thai spicy sea food salad with tom yum paste, lemon grass and kaffir leaves.
Apart from the flavour contributed by lemon grass, Chef Veena informed us how it retains properties to keep the body warm during winters, hence used widely for this special winter menu!
Next was Meen Rasam (Also one of the Must Have Dishes on the menu) which broadly was mixed seafood rasam with Kerala Spices. Chef Veena has condensed the concept of the Traditional Tomato Rasam. For this particular recipe, the restaurant pre-makes all the spices in the kitchen as well as blanches the tomatoes on-the-go giving the Meen Rasam a wholesome flavour.
The main course included Kudugu Meen Masala, Rendang Udang and Jasmine Rice. Kudugu Meen Masala is sole fillet stir with mustard paste, bishop’s weed & cilantro leaves. The Renedang Udang is Malay style prawns cooked with fresh roasted coconut, lemon grass and coconut milk.
Lastly, for dessert, Ice Cream Tauhu was served in several flavours – Coconut, Cinnamon and Green Tea. The coconut flavour was a clear winner for me. I honestly regret not eating the second serving of the ice cream.
In conclusion, experiencing this spectacular menu should definitely be on your winter To-Do list. It is a boon to have The Spice Route in New Delhi to encounter exotic palates so readily!
Address: The Imperial
Janpath Lane, Connaught Place,
New Delhi, 110001
Restaurant reservations Number: 011-41116605
Photo Courtesy: Rahul Lal Photography for Appy Bistro
Post By: Sakshi Deswal / Appy Bistro
Categories: Restaurant Reviews