Nestled right in the heart of Delhi, Fire is a perfect place to drop in for a family lunch or dinner. Although the place serves authentic Indian food, Fire is known for its contemporary twist and its use of organic produce. The new summer menu at Fire is over 80% organic and has been designed to source ingredients from a growing list of suppliers and farmers who practice sustainable techniques to offer environmentally conscious foods. The classy, minimalist decor of this place is enlivened by a red and yellow colour palette that pops up in the soft furnishings, the decor accents, cutleries and also the beautifully coordinated blooms.
Modern Indian, sustainable and 'fresh from farm-to-table' are a few words that perfectly describe Fire's new menu. The restaurant's theme has always been a perfect mishmash of Indian food and modernity, which very much is displayed in the dishes as well as in the presentation of the food. Fire, since its early days, offers an incredible selection of regional Indian cuisines with a modern presentation, served in an ambience that is lively and modish, hence making Fire one of the first modern Indian restaurants in Delhi. On the same note, Chef Ajay Jain at Fire has mastered Indian regional cuisines - seeking out the forgotten ingredients and flavours, he has been successfully able to add a modern touch to these decade-old Indian dishes to make the food just scrumptious for you.
We started with two welcome drinks - Jigarthanda, which is a popular Madurai drink that has almond gum, nannari syrup, milk and caramel ice-cream; and Jain Shikanji, which is Modinagar's famous lemon drink, which is a perfect mix of sugar and spice mix, topped with shaved ice. We enjoyed the nostalgia brought on by Jain Shikanji.
Next, we were served the famous Kulhe Ki Chaat and fresh farm salad - Red Rice and Yellow Lentil Salad. The salad was an interesting mix of summer leaves, puffed red rice, edamame, crunchy yellow lentil, bell peppers, red onion, goat cheese, dhaniya and mint vinaigrette. This summer salad is nothing but summer personified on a plate for you. In the starters, Faralli Pattice was our favourite. From the streets of Mumbai, this salad comprised a crispy potato patty topped with chickpea curry. Duck Seekh (minced duck with apricots and prunes) and Bombay Fry (Konkani rava-fried Bombay duck with jalapeno thecha) were among a few starters we sampled.
While you have a myriad of delicious options in the main course, we have some recommendations: Laccha Chaulai Saag, Cherry potato with Jhatka Tadka, Bhindi Aam Ki Kathiyan (shredded okra and raw mango and coriander seeds), Patiala Shahi Murgh (chicken cooked with curd and tomatoes topped with an egg), and Andhra Fish Curry (spicy fish curry with imli and homemade curry paste). Out of all the dishes we sampled in the main course, Hyderabadi Dal (arhar dal, tempered with chilli, curry leaves and mustard) won our hearts. For desserts, Jamun and Kala Khatta, Summer Berry Kulfi with Kesar Falooda, and Fresh Mango Clafoutis are a must-try!
The symbol of any good restaurant is its service, regardless of whether you are dining at a stand-alone restaurant or at a 5-star hotel. The service at Fire was prompt and courteous. Every intricate detail was taken care of delicately. Their elegance and their commitment to customers is unprecedented.
Where: The Park, 15, Parliament Street, Connaught Place, New Delhi
Timings: 12noon - 3pm, 6pm - 11pm
Cost For Two: INR 3,000 plus taxes
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.