22 September 2016

Restaurant Week India: Kiyan, The Roseate

The Restaurant Week India is back and I say this very happily because I wait for RWI like an eager food enthusiast those five-six months, twice a year. This is the 13th edition of RWI Delhi, and this year the three-course menus are priced at 1100++ for lunch and 1300++ for dinner. With 24 participating restaurants (see the list below) that span across five-star properties and stand-alones, they cover all the cuisines for you under this. Options for everyone, alongwith having options for healthy eaters as well this time- gluten free, vegan, low sugar and low carb. I don't think you can ask for anything more. You get a three-course meal at less than half the price you would pay for it otherwise, and the menu also has RWI Signature options that you can opt for at an additional cost. 

There are three time slots you can choose: lunch, and two slots for dinner. All restaurants do not have all the three slots but most of them do. You make your booking with a reservation charge of Rs.60 per head, which is non refundable, and you pay the per head amount at the restaurant. The RWI is in six cities this time- Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata and Pune. You can make your reservations here: http://restaurantweekindia.com/

I went to try this time's RWI at Kiyan, The Roseate (earlier Dusit Devarana). Tried a lot of things from the menu as this was a trial of the menu they were showcasing at Restaurant Week India. The Baingan Bhaja and Rice Cracker were not anything that I would come back and pay for again, or even feel good about including in the menu of Restaurant Week India. They were a different take on the food but didn't impress me. The Stuffed Chicken Wings had a nice aromatic Thai flavour to it but the juices that should have been inside were lacking. I really liked the Banana Leaf wrapped Steamed Fish- a delicate dish which was very aromatic. The Home cured salmon was delicious, but the poached egg that accompanied the dish came broken to the table. The idea was to break into the poached egg myself and see how runny the yolk would be. 

In mains I tried the Rajma Khichdi which was superb in taste! It was basically a khichdi which had its dal really spot on with flavours. It had kidney beans mixed with it- so not the Rajma curry flavour but the presence of rajma alone. A light main course dish. Again something that had a very different take to it, but if I come out for a meal, I wouldn't opt for this. I would go for a more intense-tasting dish which can be allowed to be slightly heavy on the palate. 
Also tried the Homemade Cappellini with bell pepper ragout. A dish that was really flavourful and had a yummy chunky tomato sauce. A wholesome filling dish which tasted really good. 

For desserts I tried the Mango and Chocolate Tiramisu and Coffee Toffee Pudding. The Tiramisu didn't work for me at all. Layers of chocolate mousse with mango that was mashed. The textures didn't go together for me and the amalgamation of flavours didn't quite taste nice to me. My mother, on the other hand, loved this one. So it really goes from palate to palate. Won't chalk off this dessert as average. The Coffee Toffee Pudding was smashing! A thin watered down toffee caramel sauce with a coffee flavoured pudding. Came with a scoop of vanilla icecream and that just completed the dessert for me. Lovely stuff!

Participating restaurants for Delhi:

  1. A Ta Maison, Sunder Nagar
  2. Artusi Ristorante e Bar, GK2
  3. Baluchi, The Lalit New Delhi
  4. Chi Ni, Dusit Devarana New Delhi*
  5. Dakshin, Sheraton New Delhi Hotel
  6. DEL, Roseate House, New Delhi*
  7. DIVA - The Italian Restaurant, GK 2
  8. Diya, The Leela Ambience Gurgaon Hotel & Residences*
  9. Dum Pukht, ITC Maurya
  10. Eau de Monsoon, Le Méridien New Delhi
  11. Ek Bar, Defence Colony
  12. Guppy by Ai, Lodhi Colony
  13. Kiyan, Dusit Devarana New Delhi
  14. Neung Roi, Radisson Blu Plaza Delhi
  15. Olive Bar & Kitchen, Mehrauli
  16. Pan Asian, Sheraton New Delhi Hotel
  17. Royal China, Nehru Place
  18. Sakura, The Metropolitan Hotel & Spa
  19. The Grill Room, The Lalit New Delhi
  20. Tian, ITC Maurya
  21. Tres, Lodhi Road
  22. Wildfire, Crowne Plaza Today Gurgaon
  23. Yauatcha, Vasant Kunj
  24.  Zanotta, The Leela Ambience Gurgaon Hotel & Residences*

*signifies new participants

Disclaimer: The review was done on an invitation from the restaurant. All views expressed are unbiased in nature but readers are advised to exercise their own discretion.

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