The Turkey Project is the latest kid of the Defence Colony block, and is not located in the main market, but near the Moolchand Flyover, which means there is abundant parking space and lesser congestion on the route. The owners Kabir, Rajesh, and Sumeet Chugh really identify with the turkey as a spirit animal, which symbolizes abundance, fertility, and honoring nature, and hence the name. And to live up to it, they are involved in things like incorporating greenery in the restaurant, employing more female staff, and have even taken up the maintenance of the adjoining park.Coming to the décor, the place is small and quaint, but has a clean and clutter-free ambience, with good use of whites and empty spaces to bring forth that open vibe. The menu is short and crisp, and what you see is what you get- good quality, scrumptious food made with fresh ingredients.
We started off with a drink that has been making waves- the cheese tea. We went with the strawberry flavor, and it had a nice, fruity strawberry ice tea that had been cold brewed for 10 hours, topped with liquid cream cheese and garnished with crumbs. The combination of the tea and the cream cheese was really nice, and this should certainly be tried. The Hand Squeezed Limonata had soda with crushed basil, mint, and lemon, and was really refreshing.We started our meal with Fries Before Guys which had crinkle cut fries, topped with double cheddar sauce, jalapenos, onions, tomatoes, olives, and parsley. The fries were really crispy and not at all oily, and tasted really good with the cheese and toppings.
The Fricken’ consisted of boneless chicken, batter coated and fried to a crisp on the outside, while really juicy and moist inside, served with their house-made chili sauce and mayo.Piadinas are an Italian flatbread filed with meats or veggies. We had the Mary Had a Little Lamb Piadina, which had a lovely flatbread which was crisp on the outside, and fluffy inside. It was filled lamb pepperoni, egg, caramelized onions and bell peppers, garlic, and gooey cheese. The flatbread itself was really tasty and well made, and the generous fillings made it taste amazing.
They also have some great pastas on their menu, and we tried the Basil Pesto and Sundried Tomato Pasta and the Chardonnay & Mushrooms Pasta. The basil one had nicely cooked spaghetti, coated in a light pesto sauce and sundried tomatoes, with cream. It was topped with cherry tomatoes, grated parmesan and fried basil leaves. The robust flavor of the sundried tomatoes made the dish really amazing. The other pasta had penne cooked al dente, in a light sauce made with white wine reduction, cream, and mushrooms, topped with parsley and freshly crushed black pepper. The dish was served with a delicious rosemary garlic bread.For the pizza, we went for half-and-half. The vegetarian side was the Santorini Summer Pizza, which was topped with mozzarella, peppers, olives, confit garlic, feta, jalapeno, and parsley, and the non-veg side was the Tur(n)key Project Pizza, topped with turkey bacon, ham, and garlic confit. The pizza had a really thin and crisp crust which was baked to perfection. And the veg pizza with the combination of peppers, olives, garlic, feta, and jalapenos was so tasty, that it overshadowed the non-veg pizza.
We ended this amazing meal with a rich and luscious Nutella Cheesecake, served with white chocolate sauce and crumbs.The food came out fast, our plates were changed prompt, and the servers were really courteous and professional. Overall, this place is a must-visit for its delicious food and bright and simple ambience.
Overall Rating: 4.25/5
Location: C-27, DDA complex, Opp. Moolchand Hospital, Defence Colony, New Delhi
Phone No.: +91 11 4034 9066