Delhi gets innovative dining experiences with Molecular Gastronomy

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The dining scene in the city is changing every now and then. There is no dearth of restaurants in the city that are serving specific cuisine and then there are other restaurants that are reinventing the concept of dining. Gone are the days when dining was all about the usual North Indian food, people are dining out for experience and experiments on their plate. One such thing is the Molecular gastronomy that blends physics and chemistry to transform the tastes and textures of food ultimately exploring the possibilities of innovative cooking procedures using tools from science lab and ingredients from the food industry. This type of fusion cooking ends up giving us unforgettable and surprising experiences.

Some of the places that are making the dining scene livelier in and around the capital.

Photo of Farzi Cafe, Rajiv Chowk, Inner Circle, Block E, Connaught Place, New Delhi, Delhi, India by Ginny Bansal

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Photo of Farzi Cafe, Rajiv Chowk, Inner Circle, Block E, Connaught Place, New Delhi, Delhi, India by Ginny Bansal

This place in Connaught place has caught a lot of attention with its dramatic menu. It has a menu that reinstates a foodie's faith in molecular gastronomy and is a treat to all the senses. The international dishes when fused with the Indian flavour along with other ingredients are a definite treat for your taste buds. Delhi belly, tikka style pork belly served with russet apple slices is by far something we haven't tried anywhere before. A candy of dehydrated pan is a must try when visiting this place. Chic interiors and the quirky vibes, the place offers all the necessary drama to live up to its name. The dessert Milky way big bang uses liquid nitrogen to take you to a new galaxy of chocolates! Farzi Cafe presents Indian cuisine in a manner where culinary art meets the modern presentations and molecular gastronomy to create an unparalleled experience.

Where is it: E-38/39, Rajiv Chowk, Inner Circle, Block E, Connaught Place, New Delhi, Delhi 110001

Contact: 070531 27289

Meal for two: Rs.2000 (approx.)

Photo of Tamasha, Kasturba Gandhi Marg, Connaught Place, New Delhi, Delhi, India by Ginny Bansal

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Photo of Tamasha, Kasturba Gandhi Marg, Connaught Place, New Delhi, Delhi, India by Ginny Bansal

A beautiful restaurant with a great outdoor seating and an equally beautiful interior space. This place in Connaught place leaves you totally impressed. The menu is inspired from world cuisine with a twist of molecular gastronomy and is meant to cater to all age groups and palates. At Tamasha, classics are reserved along with the modern cuisine. Tamasha brings an eclectic spread of menu that involves a creative innovation of flavours in fusion food. Scooped potatoes stuffed with cheese, chicken 65 paratha pizza, vodka infused biryani, tamasha pizza with a makhani sauce, pork vindaloo satay, bhatti murg souvlaki, are some of the fusion food which calls for applause. The vibe of the place is young and vibrant. So, go out there and enjoy some dramatic food which is beyond our imagination but tastes great.

Where is it: A 28, Anand House,, KG Marg, Connaught Place, New Delhi-110001

Contact: 099717 97602

Meal for two: Rs.2000 (approx.)

Photo of Masala Library by Jiggs Kalra, Windsor Place, New Delhi, Delhi, India by Ginny Bansal

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Photo of Masala Library by Jiggs Kalra, Windsor Place, New Delhi, Delhi, India by Ginny Bansal

This eatery in Janpath is really making its mark with molecular gastronomy. They are actually reinventing Indian cuisine. Classic dishes from different parts of the country are being twisted to give it a touch of molecular gastronomy. The deconstructed samosa looks alien but appears very pretty on the plate. The tawa keema with pickled bitter gourd is a must have. The dishes are actually out of the world, the dahi in the dahi bada comes in the form of bubbly foam, then there are charcoal fried onion bhajiyas that come with a coating of edible charcoal. There is also something called mushroom chai—a truffle mushroom soup and lastly not to be missed jalebi caviar. Visit this place to be amazed every time you order a dish may it be with presentation or the taste. The place is currently under renovation and is coming up real soon to offer great culinary experiences.

Where is it: 21A, Janpath, Adjacent to Le Meridian Hotel, New Delhi-110001

Contact: 91-9205180003 / 04

Meal for two: Rs.3000 (approx.)

Photo of Molecule Air Bar, Sector 29, Gurugram, Haryana, India by Ginny Bansal

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Photo of Molecule Air Bar, Sector 29, Gurugram, Haryana, India by Ginny Bansal

If you are looking to experience a great culinary experience on your platter, then you are surely headed to the right place. Molecule Air Bar has caught the fancy of people are always in for pub crawls. Their experimentation with food and presentation is just another level. You can find a fusion of Indo- Western cuisines here. And we thought Indo- western was all about clothing only. You need to go here to check this new cuisine that has caught our total attention. Imagine liquid nitrogen and dry ice on your table for food. Molecular puchka shots are accompanied with five different water served in test tubes on a bed of dry ice, the potato stuffing sits in a mini pressure cooker and the chutneys are in a syringe. Yes, this is the presentation. The ghee roast keema mattar is accompanied by four mini paranthas hanging from pegs. Edible lava coal and mushroom cappuccino with parmesan foam are a must try.

Where is it: SCO-53 4th Floor Sector 29, Gurgaon, Haryana- 122001

Contact: 08826677705

Meal for two: Rs.1500 (approx.)

Photo of A Grill Company, Wave City Center, Sector 32, Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India by Ginny Bansal

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Photo of A Grill Company, Wave City Center, Sector 32, Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India by Ginny Bansal

This restaurant in Logix city centre mall, Noida is reinventing the concept of molecular art. We also don’t know what it is till we had a look at their menu. The multi-cuisine restaurant has a dedicated section in the menu that says, “Grill’s laboratory”.

Instant crystallization, smokey hues and lemon foam; take your pick from Jellos golgappas, Nitro fied palak patta chaat, edible charcoal mini samosas, and bhalla papdi tart spears. The interiors are very pretty and it has a cosy and comfortable seating with wooden tables and lots of plants. The menu is easy on the pocket. Make sure you end your meal with experimental desserts like Parle- G inside out, brain freezer and mango espuma. Go and check out these experiments that are straight from the kitchen.

Where is it: Shop No. 217, 2nd Floor, logix City Center Mall, Near Noida City Center Metro Station, Noida -201303

Contact: 082873 35066

Meal for two: Rs.1600 (approx.)

Photo of Indian Accent, The Lodhi, Lodhi Road, CGO Complex, Pragati Vihar, New Delhi, Delhi, India by Ginny Bansal

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Photo of Indian Accent, The Lodhi, Lodhi Road, CGO Complex, Pragati Vihar, New Delhi, Delhi, India by Ginny Bansal

Located in the heart of the city, this beautiful place in The Lodhi is complete in all aspects. True to its name, Indian Accent is reinventing the Indian cuisine by complementing the flavour with global ingredients and techniques. Indian Accent has been featured in the World's 50 best restaurants in 2018. Along with the regular menu, they also serve the six-course chef tasting menu. One look at the menu and you know that this is not one of the usual dining experiences. Your taste buds are in for some really good time. For starters, you can see pepper paneer cornet along with smoked papad, atta and semolina puchkas with calcutta jhal potato and six types of water. You can surely call it as one of the finest dining experiences.

Where is it: The Lodhi, Lodhi Road, CGO Complex, Pragati Vihar, New Delhi - 110003

Contact: 098711 17968

Meal for two: Rs. 5000 (approx.)

Photo of Tian Asian Cuisine Studio, Sardar Patel Marg, Akhaura Block, Diplomatic Enclave, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi, Delhi, India by Ginny Bansal

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Photo of Tian Asian Cuisine Studio, Sardar Patel Marg, Akhaura Block, Diplomatic Enclave, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi, Delhi, India by Ginny Bansal

This beautiful restaurant is located in ITC Maurya and it has truly given the Asian classics a modern molecular treatment. It is open for dinner on all days and on Sundays you have the option of lunch as well. Change in textures, preparation techniques and artistic presentations leaves you with unforgettable and surprising experiences. If you like being surprised, then this is the place to be and wait till you taste. The soothing interiors, comfortable seating adds to the ambience of a fine dining experience. The menu highlights some of the experimental dishes as well. They have scallops with miniature condiments, and a smoky glass cloche with a black sponge, the amount of detailing that has gone into making every dish is simply commendable. They use techniques to mould the flavour which as an end result looks and tastes amazing. Tian adds surprise elements to their every dish, what it looks like and what it tastes is something you have to go and find out.

Where is it: Hotel ITC Maurya, Sardar Patel Marg, Diplomatic Enclave, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi, Delhi- 110021

Contact: 011-46215152

Meal for two: Rs.7000 (approx.)

So, got out there and enjoy the gastronomical delights.

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