Standing out in a sea of various cuisine offerings in the national capital, restauranteur Zorawar Kalra’s Swan Delhi entices with its cocktail of Japanese and Italian flavours in the company of the historic Qutub Minar.
A Review of Swan Delhi
The menu at Swan Delhi begins with a plethora of salads and soups. While antipasta starters help kickstart the Italian journey; for the Japanese half, tempuras and maki rolls find a spot instead. The Herbs Marinated Chargrilled Prawns (INR 730++), paired with a spicy garlic mayo, lives true to its name. The Baked Pesto Chicken (INR 660++), complete with basil and tapenade, packs a punch with its herbaceousness. On the vegetarian front, the Crispy Exotic Mushroom (INR 660++) is crunchy and seasoned well.
In mains, leave space for the Cacio e Pepe (INR 945++), a spaghetti dish that is loaded with cheese and black pepper. At Swan Delhi, the dish is doused in a share of drama, too. The servers bring the dish on a cheese trolley along with a Butane torch. A cheese wheel—in this case, parmesan—is subjected to high flames, enough to leave behind a gooey, hot pool of dairy goodness. Then, the pasta in tossed and swirled in the cheese pool, seasoned, and served. Fresh, indulgent and delicious!
The tiramisu (INR 625++) here oozes with caffeine. An espresso- and liquor-soaked cake sits at a base with a caffeine-infused mascarpone custard resting on the side. A generous offering of cocoa dust completes the look and taste.
The true star at Swan Delhi, however, are its cocktails. Classic variations and spirits aside, the restaurant has nine cocktails and four Gin and Tonic blends to offer. Sip the intriguingly-named Miso Happy To See You (INR 895++) and Pachinko Prize (INR 895++) cocktails that leave you feeling refreshed. The Swan Style (INR 835++) and The Parisian Style (INR 835++) —both gin-based cocktails—pack a punch with their citrusy and minty undertones.
Swan Delhi offers an option between indoor and outdoor seating, making it the ideal space to enjoy a meal under the sky — be it a brunch with friends, dinner date with loved ones or a cozy meal with family. As the sun sets, the place transforms to offer a pub vibe with its loud beats, but at the same time offers the perks of an intimate sit-down meal. For a true celebration, consider heading to the terrace of the restaurant where the entire area can be cordoned off for a private get-together with the magnificent Qutub Minar watching you.
Price for two: INR 2,500 (approximately; without alcohol)
Address: Kharsra 1501, First Floor, Kalka Das Marg, Ward 1, Mehrauli, New Delhi
Timings: 12:30 pm to 1:00 am
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