With the ever-burgeoning food culture in the capital city of India, there are options galore for eating-out destinations. While there's no dearth of luxury restaurants in Delhi promising memorable culinary experiences, only some manage to strike the right chord and win our heart. Eau de Monsoon, nestled in the lap of luxury in Le Meridien Hotel is one of them. Located comfortably in the heart of the city, the plush hotel has been riveting the creme de la creme of the city, with an exceptional gastronomical offering at its plush restaurant Eau de Monsoon.
Keeping the essence of traditional Indian food intact, the restaurant gives it a unique contemporary makeover. Set amidst the opulent and inviting interiors, Eau de Monsoon is just the place you would want to visit if you are seeking some grandeur. A soothing waterfall in between glass sheets in the backdrop will lift up your senses as soon as you enter the restaurant.
This contemporary Indian restaurant serves both classic and avant-garde Indian cuisine. The food is Indian in flavour and modern in style. Set amidst elegant settings, Monsoon features exclusive private dining rooms and a walk in wine cellar offering the best of the international wines.
For the starters, don't forget to order King prawn infused with blend of kaffir lime, basil, saffron and honey yogurt. The prawns are just the way you like it – succulent and well-cooked. Chicken tikka duo with garlic, peri peri, cucumber raita jelly, should be your next to-order on the list. Cottage cheese triology – paneer in three delicious flavours - fennel, achari, jaituni - served with zingy chutney will charge up your appetite. Goat cheese stuffed king mushrooms infused with laung chilli, paired with homemade banana wafers is another must-try dish.
Going forward with mains, traditional laal maas lamb curry cooked with mathania chillies and garlic is a good option to try out. Red snapper Malabar coastal curry served with kokum and coconut is not to be missed. Soft, juicy fish doused in rich and creamy gravy will make the perfect dish for fish lovers. Vegetarians must go for Panch pohran tempered baby potatoes. Flavourful potatoes brimming with deliciousness is what you'll get.
The one dish that stood out as a winner for us was their Dal makhani. If any place gets their dal makhani right, you can trust it to provide with a heart-warming meal. Eau de Monsoon proved to be a savant at this traditional dal makhani that is slow cooked for 24 hours absorbing a myriad of flavours from all the spices it is cooked with.
To end you meal on a sweet note, definitely order the Pineapple jalebi, served with chandan ice cream and mushy rabri. Halwa degustation – a platter of three kinds of halwa - Carrot/Apple/Walnut - will please your sweet tooth.
If you are looking for a chic restaurant in Delhi for a lavish fine dining experience, just head to Eau de Monsoon in Le Meridien and you won't be disappointed.
What: Eau de Monsoon – Le Meridien
Where: Windsor Place Janpath, New Delhi
When: 12:30pm – 3pm, 7pm – 12midnight
Cost: INR 4,500 for two people (approx.)
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