Embassy, CP is one of the most legendary restaurants in the capital. I have been visiting it since childhood and their Indian and continental dishes are still a talk of the town. Some establishments have become so intrinsically a part of Delhi’s identity that it is difficult to find a Delhite who has not visited such places. But there is no eatery in the capital which is immune to the paradigm shift that is taking place in the capital city’s food scene. Each one of them is either directly or indirectly affected by the rat race. Recently even United Coffee House has opened an outlet in the Mall of India, Noida. Even though chain outlets are growing in number I don’t feel that the ones already enjoying their rich legacy need to venture into the unknown or rather the unnecessary.
The place is really small but the seating is cozy and comfortable. The Indian menu is extensive and some of the dishes I tried surprised me. Paneer Tikka, Tandoori Aloo, Amritsari Fish and Mutton Gilafi Seekh were really good. Bhuna Gosht was extremely delicious and one of the best mutton dishes I’ve had anywhere in Delhi. It was very flavourful, meat was falling off the bone and a little sweetness added a nice twist. That tells a lot about the chef.
Not so good
I understand that this place is not a branch of Embassy, CP but a franchise outlet. The menu has very little variety in terms of continental and Chinese dishes. Good cooking is about getting the basics right and that is why I tried the basic Chilli Chicken and Veg Hakka Noodles and both of them tasted like local fare far from being fine dine quality.
Those who are aware of District Centre know that it’s a very old and almost dilapidated building and welcomes you with a peculiar stink as you enter. The owners of the restaurant may have good intentions but the location surely isn’t going to help them. In these kind of unfavourable locations also an exclusive dining area can be set up but not when you have transparent glass walls giving you a view of the interiors of the building.
I think more than anything else this restaurant needs a reality check. Instead of trying to project it as a fine dine restaurant, the management must try to utilize its full potential as a small family restaurant serving good Indian food.