Check out a melange of flavours from Afghanistan to China under one roof
PLEASING, non fussy decor, enthusiastic wait staff and extensive cuisine is what you can expect at Red Onion – a family-style restaurant that opened up this week. Located on the busy Double Road, the good news is that they have plenty of parking and once inside, you can watch the world go by through the oversized picture windows conveniently ‘fitted with one way glass for dining privacy’.
Although the menu is al a carte, they have a range of well priced pre fixe meals (priced from Rs.350++ to Rs.550++) that would suit large family groups or kitty ladies who lunch, especially since the food will be conveniently served at the table, course by course, instead of lying around in chafing dishes.
The menu runs across a mix of Indian and North West frontier, Indo-Chinese, and a selection of rather generic European dishes. It’s best to pick one kind of cuisine and go with it rather than confuse your palate with a big mix. Although the line-up is quite meat friendly (no beef or pork is served in spite of the Chinese menu), there is more than enough here to keep the vegetarians happy. The paneer is made in-house and the chef does well with chaat specials too.
Get, set, go
We started with surkhi – cubes of chicken marinated in a mild mix of spices that went well with the bowl of red pearl onions on the table and a tender malai murgh with a subtle layer of cardamom flavoured cream and cheese. On the chef’s insistence, we departed from our plan and sampled the chicken momos which were surprisingly very good and crisp, and the deep-fried bhindi which also makes for a nice snack.
Moving on to the mains, we went for lal maas – a typical Rajasthani dish, and the always satisfying, gosht nalli nihari – tender lamb shanks in a deliciously spicy gravy, and a basket of flatbreads. If you feel like a serving of rice, the Hyderabadi dum chicken biriyani is a light, non-oily version that is very easy to digest. Desserts range from shahi tukra to ice cream. Meal for two Rs. 600. Details: 40918141