10 April 2014

Restaurant Review: The Chatter House, Nehru Place, New Delhi

A place that has really become extremely famous in Nehru Place, Chatter House is that kind of a place where you can have a few drinks after work, where you can come for a sumptuous lunch, celebrate an occasion with the friends at night, and come to while away your time to chill with your companions. It has something for everyone!

The place is done up in a rustic wooden and stone look, with yellow lights dominating the scene. An outdoor area that can accommodate 30-40 people at one time, this is a perfect place to be in that wonderful Delhi weather! The outdoor seating has a huge open oven where they so fantastically make wood-fired oven pizzas right in front of your eyes, and the indoor seating has a superb bar where the bartenders showcase their skills. The seating is a mix of wooden tables and chairs, aluminium chairs, bar stools and tables, and so on.

Starting with their food and drinks :

Their 'House Specials' consisted of Aam Panna Vodka. A typical Aam Panna being consumed in a liquid form, this one had more masala than I would like. 

Bubblegum Martini was such an exquisite drink! Sweet, with a bubblegum flavour, this drink had a lollipop in it, something you can enjoy after your drink too. Tasted simply awesome!

Amrood Chaat was a mocktail I've never had before. So different, so out of the box! The flavour of amrood with some tangy masalas in it, not overpowering because of the sweet taste of the drink - this was one hell of a unique drink!

Their Blue Angel Mocktail was just another version of Blue Curcasso. Nothing extraordinary, but refreshing for sure.

Kiwi and Watermelon Sangria - White wine with diced chunks of kiwi and watermelon. Yummy yummy drink!

Watermelon Bomb - The presentation was absolutely kickass! Watermelon being my favourite fruit, there's gotta be some bias here! Watermelon juice, energy drink with some superb white rum - what a concoction!

Spanish Potato Croquettes and Onion Rings with Classic Garlic Dip. Perfectly crisp from the outside, that crispy golden colour shone from a distance - beautiful stuff! Something to nibble on while you sip on your drinks.

The Feta Stuffed Crispy Mushrooms were such a delight! Fried with a gorgeous stuffing, it was a complete melt-in-the-mouth! Vegetarian, but surprisingly amazing!

Barbequed Pork Ribs tasted really really amazing, but what was a real bummer was that it was undercooked. Very very sad specially when the sauce is so good!

The Bacon Wrapped Mac and Cheese Bites had the exact same problem. the bacon wasn't cooked. It was so so chewy that it was impossible to swallow.

Non Veg Tandoori Platter consisted of Chicken Tikka, Chicken Malai Tikka, Chicken Seekh Kebab and Fish Tikka. The Chicken Malai Tikka and Fish Tikka simply melted on the first bite itself. Such awesome tikkas at a place like Chatter House - wasn't expected at all! But on the other hand, the Seekh Kebab and Chicken Tikka were too too dry. Very chewy, again.

The Fish n Chips were the stars! Crunchy, soft and just marvelous! 

Galouti is supposed to just melt in the mouth, but it wasn't the case here. Irrespective, it tasted nice.

The Veg Toastadas were really nice. With supremely mashed potatoes topped with that beautiful cheese, this one appetizer is really filling.

Their pizzas are one extraordinary affaire! Perfectly thin crust with a delicious sauce on the base and the superlative cheese on the top, everything else in the middle was just heavenly! Tried some chicken pizza which I don't remember now, and the 'Pizzette Platter' which had 3 mini pizzas in it. Quattro Formaggi, Herb Marinated Vegetarian Pizza and Margherita Pizza. All the pizzas tasted divine!

Chatterhouse Vegetarian Platter consisted of Paneer Tikka, Jacket Potatoes with Feta Cheese, Onion Rings, Crispy Stuffed Mushrooms, Hummus, Pita Bread and Labne with fresh basil and tomatoes. The Labne stoof out for me! So different, so delicious, almost velvety; the perfect combination with fresh basil and tomatoes! Paneer Tikka was nice, Jacket Potatoes were good too, and the stuffed mushrooms were spectacular! One crazy thing to order for the vegetarians!

Their burgers are a real let-down. Tried the Mini Sliders : chicken, tenderloin, lamb and falafel haloumi, and their Juicy Lucy Chicken Burger. The patties were too dry, the buns were too dry, the dressing in the burgers wasn't sufficient and it was just a disappointment in one word. The only good thing was the oozing cheese our of the Juicy Lucy Burger.

This place has done an out-of-this-world job with their drinks, but not so much with their food. The pricing too, is not on the lower side, or even close to mediocre for that matter. Hence, the food should really really be awesome for the price we pay. I would definitely come back here but not for their burgers, pork chops, seekh kebab, etc. but for their onion rings, pizzas, and fish n chips mainly. What I would come here for repeatedly, is without a doubt, their drinks. The delicious delicious drinks! Each drink different from the other, each drink better than the other, it's an amazing place to visit for some cocktails and drinks with your friends, but not so much for a proper meal.

Address: Lower Basement, Epicuria Food Mall, Nehru Place, New Delhi

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