The newly revamped Beyond Designs Bistro is rife with European influences and makes for a visual delight. However, the food firmly grabs centre stage in terms of options, presentation, and taste. By Chirag Mohanty Samal
What would you expect when an interior designer couple create a restaurant—a visual delight. This description is just apt to describe the revamped Beyond Designs Bistro, located within the Beyond Designs flagship store in the Delhi Design District. The founders Sachin and Neha Gupta bring the shopping-cum-dining experience to Delhi in a cosy, intimate setting.
The interiors are heavily influenced by from European aesthetics. The wooden pillars and arches that greet you as you enter, the opulent chandeliers, the stark white walls dotted with art works and the wood panelled wall with portraits of Victorian noble men and women, reminds one of a vintage estate in an English countryside. The white marble top tables, classic upholstered sofas in exotic prints and leather add to the overall stately vibe.
There’s also an extension overlooking the street outside which is done up with vintage garden furniture and looks chic and more casual. Sachin and Neha have drawn upon their extensive travels through Europe to refurbish the space and the results are impressive.
Like the interiors, the food menu has also undergone a makeover. However, the restaurant serves a cross section of different cuisines, which makes it easier for families to place diverse orders. You have continental, oriental, middle eastern and Indian specialities to choose from.
I went to the bistro for lunch, so I started off the meal by ordering a light and refreshing winter pear salad with blanched almonds and broccoli seasoned in a light sesame dressing. Curious to try dishes from the oriental cuisine, I ordered basil chilly fry chicken and water chestnut in chilli oil. While the chicken infused with basil flavour was just rightly spicy and crunchy, the water chestnut packed in a different textures and flavours—both were pleasant on the palate.
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When it comes to mains, the continental section has a good selection of pastas, pizzas and risottos served with flavoured bread. I tried the comforting classic ricotta and spinach stuffed shell pasta served with a side of grilled vegetables and garlic bread. Filling and delicious, this dish is a must try.
Dishes from the Indian section also deserve a special mention. Though European in appearance, the soul of the restaurant can be measured by its delicious Indian food—the melt-in-the-mouth naan and Rajasthani laal maas. Both the dishes had the authentic taste that you find in the regions that they hail from.
Dessert’s menu takes the comfort route and features all-time favourites like tiramisu, cheesecakes, and crème brulé. Each one is delicious and serves as a fitting finale to my enjoyable meal.
Details of Beyond Designs Bistro
Beyond Designs Bistro, Khasra No. 432, 433, 434, ground floor, pillar no: 89, MG Road, opposite Sultanpur Metro Station, New Delhi, Delhi- 110030
1o am to 8 pm
Price for two
INR 2,500 plus taxes
Call: 011 2680 4180