While CP’s food scene has suffered a major blow due to the shutting down of restaurant terraces, this new fine dine at GK-2 not only boasts of a beautiful terrace but stunning indoor seating and an authentic Mediterranean fare that’s largely inspired by the Turkish cuisine.
Chef Sahin Ibis himself hails from Istanbul and his offerings are purely Middle Eastern, untouched by the European nuances. We are not new to Middle Eastern Mediterranean cuisine but most of the dishes in Baris’ menu are authentic to the core and hard to find anywhere in Delhi.
Coming back to the ambience, the place just like its name Baris, which means ‘peace’ in Turkish language, gives positive, peaceful vibes and provides a glimpse of rich culture of Turkey. The beautiful walls inspired by Turkish architecture, majestic chandelier, Turkish lamps and the dim lighting, to say the least, are extremely soothing and comforting.
The terrace seems straight out of a romance novel. The aesthetics of the place come alive in the evening when moonlight is the only source of glimmer, well almost.
The food is in no way heavy or spicy, something which separates it from other places in Delhi that serve a cross between Indian and Middle Eastern cuisines. It may come as a bad news to you but you won’t get Shawarma here. The Creator and Director of Baris, Arjun Toor, is trying to bring in more fine dine gourmet offerings of Turkey rather than street larder.
Best part about their menu was that there were lots of vegetarian dishes, something that is hard to associate with any Middle Eastern cuisine. The Chef has shown a lot of creativity here by undertaking to offer a plethora of vegetarian options and substituting mutton for beef in his various renditions of Turkish delicacies.
I started my meal with Chicken Avgo Lemono Soup which was full of flavour. The lemon was perfectly balanced without overpowering the lovely chicken broth. They have chilled mezze as well as hot mezze on their menu. In chilled mezze we tried Avocado Labneh which was served with Turkish bread. The dip itself was fantastic. I really like avocado-based dips as the flavour of avocado is so versatile that it can go well with any kind of fresh herbs. I found Turkish bread just about ok. I would have liked it to be softer.
In hot mezze I tried Cigar Borek, Felafel, Shish Tawook (Chicken) and Manti (Buff). Cigar Borek which were cigar shaped deep fried rolls filled with Feta Cheese, caramelized onions and parsley were brilliant. Even Felafel were nicely done being aptly moist. Shish Tawook tasted more like a less spicy version of chicken tikka but the garlic yoghurt served with it was good. I didn’t like Manti. The concept of dumplings served over garlic yoghurt sauce and chilli oil just didn’t work for me. It was very similar to Afghani dish Mantu which too I detest.
Other dishes worth mentioning are Urfa Kebab (Spicy Lamb Kebab), Kuzu Incik (Lamb Shanks) and Paynir Guvee (Paneer cooked with veggies, shallots, tomatoes, baked with mozzarella). Urfa Kebab was my favourite of the lot. The spices used were very different and had a bitter touch which gave them a unique taste which I loved. The creator Arjun Toor boasted a lot about their Lamb Shanks and I must admit that they were really well cooked. The meat was extremely soft and falling off the bone. I found it a little bland though. Paneer was very well made. The flavours were similar to Indian style cooked paneer gravy but the cheesy goodness elevated the dish to a whole new level.
I would surely recommend this place for a romantic dinner. They have an interesting collection of mocktails to choose from, until they get a liquor license. Directors Arjun Toor and Gaurav Sethi are really warm hosts, always willing to take feedback and suggestions.
Disclaimer – This review was done on an invitation from the establishment. Views expressed in the review is entirely ours and without any bias. Pictures of the dishes are not the standard portions, they are sample portions.