One of the best ways to enjoy the evenings is at a spot where the scenery is as fine as what is on the plate. Well, I being a foodie can’t think of anything better than this.
It was nine years ago when I had squeezed my life into a suitcase and left Assam to study and settle in Delhi. Today, even after all these years I feel I have left my heart in the beautiful land of blue hills and red river. What I miss the most in Delhi is the connection with nature. Here, the streets are always crowded, the houses congested, and air polluted. And the desire to spend time under trees and stars led me to an expansive and airy restaurant at Connaught Place [yes, you read it right; CP finally has something for people like me] called Unplugged Courtyard.
A project co-owned by Dinesh Arora and Swaraj Singhi, Unplugged was created to give one a space to unplug from the monotony of everyday life.
Arora, the man behind the entire concept, in a conversation over the phone said, “The idea to open this property came to me in 2014. I wanted it to be not just any other restaurant opening at CP but a spot where one can enjoy a good meal in an ambience that looks and feels natural — from fresh air to trees and plants.”
If happiness to you is relishing a great meal al fresco on a balmy afternoon, listening to soothing music, Unplugged Courtyard is the ideal place to be.
A landscaped courtyard with a terrace garden and a bar, this property located on the middle circle road has something for everyone. While the indoor seating features plush leather couches and wooden upholstery; the courtyard is the spot where you can dine on stylish tables under the neem tree festooned with twinkling lights. Also it has pebble pathways, cabanas, floral arrangements, a scooty, and a bright photo wall. The terrace area is more serene with a live grill in tow. Wait, that’s not all. There’s a podium for live music performances too!
FOOD + DRINKS
The menu has all things nice – from spectacular cocktails to grills. Head Chef Gajinder Singh’s hard work shows in the taste and presentation of the delicacies.
I started my meal with Chili Paneer Ghosla — a basket in form of a bird’s nest made of noodles, filled with chili paneer cubes and topped with a slice of cheese. It was followed by Ganna Chicken — succulent BBQ chicken with chilli sauce skewered on a chewable chunk of cane, and Amritsari Macchi Chips —crispy yet juicy fried fish served with French fries. I teamed up my appetisers with their signature The Nutty Jack cocktail – Jack Daniel’s with vanilla cream served with a coffee flavour dry ice smoke and peanut butter.
I also tried out the Thai Spring Rolls and Cheese Cutlets, which I felt need improvement.
In mains, I asked for Kuan Ka Dhuan — well-done mutton rogan josh served in a cute mini well. I paired it with Butter Naan. If you’re a fan of white rum like me, do not miss the Giardino — fresh pomegranate and basil in white rum served in an old-world lamp.
I ended the delightful meal with Liquid Nitrogen Lollies that came in three flavours — chocolate, kiwi, and strawberry. And those lollies were sure the winner!
Address: Near Odeon Cinema, L Block, Middle Circle, Connaught Place
Timings: 11.00am – 1.00am
Price for two: Rs 2,000
For reservation, call: 011 33107701