Leave behind the hustle and bustle of the city and step into a mesmerising oasis at the serene Chattarpur Farms. Here, expansive urban farmhouses provide the perfect setting for a culinary paradise that welcomes you with open arms. Tucked away in this picturesque setting is Elina Vara, a name that reflects the essence of purity. This charming haven invites guests to indulge in a dining experience that is not only environmentally conscious but also incredibly delightful.
The moment you step into Elina Vara, a sense of comfort envelops you. The interiors, elegantly swathed in pristine whites, exude a graceful charm that's instantly soothing. Sunlight filters through expansive floor-to-ceiling windows, softly muted by delicate drapes that tame the sun's vigour. The biophilic design effortlessly blurs the lines between indoors and outdoors, with lush greenery, natural terrazzo floors and stone-clad walls weaving a tapestry of serenity. Earthy hues of brown and green dominate, setting the stage for two hand-painted murals that grace arched alcoves, adding a touch of artistic splendour.
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Founder Simran Kochhar's personal journey infuses Elina Vara's essence with a heartfelt purpose: to provide allergen-free, sustainable dining in an elegant setting. Kochhar's inspiration stems from her daughter's struggle with food allergies, driving her to create a haven where dietary concerns are met without compromising flavour. Hailing from Uttarakhand, Kochhar's farm-to-table ethos is vividly reflected in the menu, which radiates pastoral goodness, sourced mainly from the restaurant's own farms, a testament to their unwavering commitment to freshness.
In a culinary landscape often marked by extravagant experimentation, Elina Vara's unassuming menu is a breath of fresh air. The gastronomic journey unfolds with a tantalising amuse-bouche, leading to classics like Caesar Salad and a hearty Minestrone soup. The appetisers, including prawn kataifi and chickpea pillows, tantalise the senses with their exquisite flavours. The main course offers a choice between a luscious lasagna and succulent salmon, paving the way for a delectable dessert finale, where a rich chocolate almond mousse and a tangy raspberry sorbet compete for your taste buds' attention.
However, it's the straightforward simplicity that truly shines, taking every dish to a level of exceptional flavour. The satisfying crunch of lettuce in the salad, the comforting warmth of tomato broth in the soup, and the harmonious blend of vegetables in the lasagna all highlight the remarkable outcomes that arise from genuine dedication to cultivating ingredients.
The culinary voyage is thoughtfully accompanied by a selection of alcohol-free beverages, such as mocktails infused with subtle spirits and cold-pressed juices. Among them, the Energizer, a blend of carrot, apple, pear, lime, and ginger, emerges as a personal favourite. Kochhar's deliberate approach to obtaining a liquor license highlights her vision for Elina Vara as a sanctuary where families, friends, and couples can relish nourishing cuisine amidst an ambience untainted by raucous revelries.
As the evening unfurls, a delightful selection of Romano-style pizzas takes centre stage. Each pizza is a masterpiece, boasting a meticulously cooked base adorned with delectable sauces, toppings, and cheese, all baked to perfection in a clay oven. The result is an irresistibly thin and delightfully crisp crust brimming with layers of flavours, enticing even the crust-averse to partake with gusto. Concluding the feast with aromatic cups of coffee, sourced from Chikmagalur and lovingly roasted in-house, the promise of a swift return to Elina Vara lingers in the air.
Embark on this gastronomic journey at Elina Vara, nestled amidst the lush embrace of Vatika Greens, Sultanpur Mandi Road, Chhatarpur Farms, New Delhi. For an approximate cost of Rs 2,500 for two, you're invited to indulge in an enchanting culinary experience where the true essence of purity and sustenance unfolds in every bite.
About Shubham BhatnagarYou can often find Shubham at a small authentic Chinese or Italian restaurant sampling exotic foods and sipping a glass of wine, but he will wolf down a plate of piping hot samosas with equal gusto. However, his love for homemade food trumps all.