If you've ever dreamt of dining in the picturesque hills of Tuscany but find yourself in the heart of Delhi, fear not! San Gimignano at The Imperial Hotel is your ticket to a culinary journey through Italy, all while staying firmly planted in the lively vibes of Delhi's Connaught Place. The restaurant, named after the medieval hill town in Tuscany, doesn't just serve Italian cuisine; it brings the warmth of Nonna's kitchen to your table. With a recent revamp, both in terms of the menu and the terrace, San Gimignano has elevated its charm to provide an authentic and cosy Tuscan experience right in the heart of the city.
Executive Chef Philippe Henri Michel Agnes has curated a culinary masterpiece, showcasing the traditional recipes of Nonna - the epitome of home cooking. Start your journey with herb-cured salmon that's practically a work of art, paired with a crunchy potato tapenade and a dollop of sour cream. Move on to a refreshing tartar of avocado with beetroot and cannellini beans, or indulge in a chicken liver and portobello pate that's a chocolate cheesecake look-alike, complete with a raspberry coulis.
As you venture into the pasta and mains section, brace yourself for the lamb truffle pappardelle - a rich and aromatic pasta adorned with tender lamb and shaved truffles. The lobster curry pasta, inspired by Nonna's travels to Kerala, adds a delightful twist to the traditional. Don't miss out on the butternut saffron risotto, a creamy delight with a hint of saffron, and be sure to savour the homemade bread that's a testament to the chef's baking prowess.
Cap off your Italian feast with desserts that'll make you sigh with delight - silky pannacotta with a berry compote or the classic and irresistible tiramisu.
At San Gimignano, it's not just about the food; it's an entire experience. The staff here are more like culinary masters, skilled and incredibly talented, ensuring your dining experience is memorable without being intrusive. You can expect a personalized service that lets you savour not just the food, but also the company, without any unwarranted interruptions.
San Gimignano is not just a restaurant; it's a destination. The highlight? The newly renovated pergola-style terrace is a true Tuscan oasis in the heart of Delhi. Adorned with wrought iron accents, intricate railings, and earthy-toned fabrics, the terrace is a warm and inviting space that recreates the atmosphere of a Tuscan villa. Surrounded by paved walkways, flowering vines, and cosy heaters, it's the ideal spot for a leisurely lunch or a romantic dinner amidst lush gardens.
If you're in the mood for a culinary escapade to Tuscany without leaving Delhi, head to San Gimignano at The Imperial - where every bite tells a tale of Italy, and every moment is a celebration of the art of dining.
Where: 1, Lobby Level, The Imperial Hotel, Janpath, Connaught Place, New Delhi, Delhi 110001
Hours: 12:30-2:45 pm, 7-11:45 pm; All days of the week