It’s not easy to choose 20-30 best meals out of all the meals you would have had in 2017. Unlike 2016, where I had some great meals, 2017 was rather disappointing and I found difficulty in choosing my best meals. Though I have tried my best and I might have missed on some, but for sure 2017 wasn’t the best year. I am hoping that 2018 will be the great year and delightful year.
There have been some very promising openings this year and I am really looking forward to it. It’s a humungous task, going through each month’s archive and then selecting the best of the rest. And while going through this gruelling list, I could savour fond memories and also the taste of those delightful meals. Well, it was still worth it and I could manage to pick 30 odd meals that were the best of 2017.
Here is the list of the fond memories of 2017 – PART 1 – 15 of my favourites!
Between Buns, SDA
A quiet, quirky and modern café is how I would like to describe it. This place serves some of the best burgers in town. Yes! Finally, I got my burger! The pulled pork burger was outstanding. Scotch egg doughnuts, bangers with mash, tenderloin medallion – I never had such a warm experience before. If you are meat lover then it’s a must place to gorge on! They also have some excellent dishes for vegetarians!. Their USP is desserts and it’s outstanding. Especially the bacon one. Pankaj – I am going to come again!
Winter Menu at Park
Chef Abhishek Basu a Park is definitely doing some excellent job. His seasonal menus are worth trying. Now it has become more interesting because they are hosting an organic farmers market every Sunday. The usage of seasonal produce and then the amalgamation of spices are incredible and they add zing to the food. You can read about them here.
Winter Menu at Guppy
Menu changes at Guppy almost twice in a year and also some events get conducted throughout the year. These are the events that I look forward to every year, as whenever I visit Guppy, Chef Vikram always surprises me with his creations, followed by his stories. Battera sushi, tuna steak and Lamb Tobanyaki were the highlights of the winter menu at Guppy. You can read about them here.
Baluchi, The Lalit New Delhi
One of the most underrated Indian speciality restaurant in town. The food here is delicious and simple in presentation. Their highlight is Nann’ry which is their signature dish. Three different types of Naan paired with wine. If you are love Indian food then Baluchi is a must visit. You can read about them here.
La Piazza, Hyatt Delhi
A visit to this iconic place is always special. The highlight of the new menu at La Piazza was that the recipes used by chef – were actually his grandmother’s recipes. Simple, fresh, traditional and cultural Italian cuisines from hometowns of the chefs, inspired from their grandmother’s kitchen. You can read about them here.
Dhaba Food Promotion at Eros Hotel, Nehru Place
Dhaba food promotion at Eros is their signature food promotion which happens every year. One of the main reason that I go there is that of their extensive research and quality of food. I never had any doubt about their food which is why I never miss any of their food promotions. You can read about them here.
International BBQ Promotion at The Leela
A festival which was for those who love grills. Executive Chef Rohi Toki left no stone unturned to make this festival – such that it became one of my favourite meal of the year. The selection of meats, the grills and the setup, everything was perfect. You can read about them here.
Kashmiri Food festival, Holiday inn , Mayur Vihar
It was Suprabhat Roy Choudhury’s first festival as Director F&B and he did it in style. There were three Kashmiri food festivals that happened that month but his festival was not only the finest but very close to the Kashmiri cuisine in itself. After he joined Holiday Inn, the quality of food has gone up and is doing consistently better than each day! You can read about them here.
AnnaMaya, Andaz Aerocity
Welcome to Annamaya, the foodhall which opened at the super luxury hotel Andaz. The concept of foodhall where you do not just get to eat, but can buy stuff too. The place is huge and the concept of “made in India” makes it more interesting. You will find a lot of artisanal products – from crockery to salt to sauces. Annamaya is a great concept that offers guests fresh and local produce and a chance to appreciate the local artisanal product. You can read about them here.
The Cuisine of Ladakh and Jammu at Chor Bizarre
One of the most interesting food festival of the year where I, for the first time got the opportunity to try and relish some of the best dishes from a region where I have never been to and never got an opportunity to taste their cuisine. Chor Bizarre is one place in delhi which not only serves the best Kashmiri food but also promotes some of the best regional cuisines. You can read about them here.
Yin and Yang At Empress of China, Eros Nehru Place
As I shared earlier that any food promotions at Eros is worth visiting because of their quality food and this too was no different. Every meal at Eros is good and satisfying. Now Umesh has moved on, it is going to be interesting to watch – how they will maintain the quality. You can read about them here.
Sanadige, Chanakya puri
If you are non-vegetarian and love coastal food then Sanadige is a must visit. This place is heaven for sea food lovers. We were invited to try some of their new dishes which they incorporateD in their menu. You should visit this place not only for their payesam but also for their crab masala fry and steamed king fish. You can read about them here.
The Grand Trunk Culinary Journey – Kolkata at The Leela Ambience Convention Hotel
Over the last one year I have seen Chef Ashwini’s research and then his work on each specific dish for the festival. At the time when the whole world was busy either doing experiment with fusion or with modern presentation, he is silently promoting Indian food in its real Avatar. No fusion, no modern presentation and no gimmick. His passion and in-depth research on food make his food so close to the place that at times I wonder how he does that. You can read about them here.
Anaida’s Persian Pop-up SodaBottleOpenerWala
One of its kind Persian food festival curated by Anaida has got me into the world of Iranian/Persian food which I have only heard of but never eaten. Whatever I have eaten in Bombay they are not Iranian/Persian but they are Indian influenced and been made in Indian way. It was indeed one of those festivals which gave me lot of insight about foreign cuisine. You can read about them here.
Summer Menu at Olive Bar & Kitchen
It’s no secret that Olive is one of my favourite restaurant in Delhi and Chef Sujan Sarkar is my favourite chef. He came from SFO where he has opened Rooh – a modern Indian restaurant where the flavours of India unite to the techniques of modern French. Food at Olive is always fabulous and Chef Dhruv has nailed the summer menu. Can’t wait to go there again. You can read about them here.