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    Quirky, kitschy interiors and an innovative menu make this restaurant a hit

    For most of us, summer is synonymous with granny’s house. So it’s only fitting that Delhi-based Azure Hospitality, with other brands like Mamagoto and Dhaba by Claridges, should launch their new restaurant, Sly Granny right in time for the season. While it has been modelled to reflect a typical grandmother’s house, a quick look at the interiors and you’d be sure that the grandma in question is indeed maternal, but equal parts feisty and sassy as well.

    Right off the blue and gold cocktail bar is the ‘dining room’ furnished with tan leather- and snake print-upholstered chairs. One wall is covered with wallpaper bearing prints of miniature muscle-flexing Arnold Schwarzeneggers (dressed in next to nothing), and pineapples — two of granny’s favourites, we’re told. The floor above holds another bar with an airy dining area and a charming terrace section — perfect for balmy summer evenings.

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    A warm afternoon called for something refreshing so we asked for one of their signature cocktails, Brixton Smash. Made with vodka, elderflower syrup, white grapes, basil, thyme, mint leaves and lime juice, it helped cool things down. If you’re the type to make a face at salads, you’d be surprised to find that the ones here are quite impressive. The Barley salad, a mix of yoghurt, orange reduction, peanuts, pickled mustard seeds and of course, barley, is a simple and light dish with a symphony of unusual flavours that work well together.

    Seafood lovers can’t miss the Gambas Pil Pil, which is a Spanish tapas of shrimp in a tangy sauce made with garlic, fresh chilli and olive oil. The sauce is good enough to be had all by itself, but we showed restraint and soaked it all up with the accompanying bread roll. Imam Bayildi, a Turkish
    dish, is another highlight. Egglant is served with pickled apricots and feta cheese on Algerian-style couscous with Tahini cream and spicy herb chutney. The vegetable pairs well with the sweet apricot and salty cheese, but the zesty chutney makes all the difference. The grilled figs and goats cheese starter features creamy cheese, figs, pomegranate and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar on a slice of crusty bread.

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    From the dessert section, our pick is the Pot Du Cake. A comforting dessert, it is a classic warm chocolate pot du cake served with gluten-free crème anglaise, which serves to cut the richness of the molten chocolate.
    Overall, the food is remarkable with exquisite options for both vegetarians and non-vegetarians. And each room having a distinct theme and ambience makes Sly Granny an ideal spot for everyone from couples to families.
    Opens tomorrow. Rs 2,000++ for two. At 12th Main, Indira Nagar. Details: 48536712

    — Rashmi Rajagopal Lobo

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