Vegetarians often face a lack of variety when eating out. To fill that gap, Kiara Soul Kitchen, a recently opened restaurant in GK2, aims to deliver tasty Pan-Asian vegetarian delicacies. They use farm fresh vegetables, sourced from their own farms located in the outskirts of the city, ensuring the food is fresh, pure and preservative-free.We recently visited the restaurant and really liked the clean, sophisticated décor which really matches with their team of being green and fresh. We started off with a couple of mocktails- the ginger ale was nice and refreshing, and the Chapman, though could have done with a bit more heat from the tabasco, tasted nice with the fresh orange juice.We started our meal with the Kiara Flower Pot, which was a beautifully constructed and plated colorful salad consisting of quinoa layered with seasonal greens and red cabbage, and topped with roasted peanuts for crunch. The chili garlic dressing served alongside is what really gives the dish that kick of flavor.The Kakeage Roll was perhaps the best vegetarian sushi we’ve had. They had used more rice and very little nori sheet, and the roll was filled with crunchy assorted tempura vegetables and topped with a tangy, spicy sauce.
The Vietnamese Cream Soup, made with pureed cauliflower cooked in milk, was really creamy and had a slight sweet note, counterbalanced well with the chili oil topping. The flavors of cinnamon and star anise worked well to cut through the richness of the soup.
The Steamed Pokchoy Dumplings were super tasty and super healthy as well. The fresh, perfectly steamed pokchoy leaves had a filling of assorted vegetables in a flavorful mix of spices, that still let the flavor of the vegetables shine through.The Sweet Potato and Pumpkin Galette had a thin crust on the outside, and was soft and fibrous on the inside and were topped with mint dust and served with a thick Thai tamarind sauce and a light salad on the side that provided the right amount of acidity to cut through the starch.
Moving on to main course, we went with the Bao Bhaji, which is their take on the pao bhaji. But the bhaji in question here had no potatoes, but instead had finely diced vegetables like bell peppers and zucchini in a tangy tomato based gravy. The bhaji was really flavorful, was topped with lemon butter, caramelized onions and coconut foam, and went so well with the three types of breads that came with it- steamed bao, baked bao and a crispy bread. The only thing we’d change here is to reduce the level of sweetness in the crispy bread, as we felt it was overpowering the beautiful flavor of the bhaji.We also tried the Organic Black Rice with green curry. The black rice was coated in a light soy sauce to give them flavor and were tossed with paneer and veggies. The green curry served alongside was also fragrant and flavorsome.We ended the meal with two interesting desserts- the Date Crunch Rolls were inspired from date pancakes, and instead of having filo on the outside and dates inside, these rolls were an inside-out version with crispy, flaky filo on the inside and were coated with a date paste on the outside. These rolls came with a tangy-sweet pomegranate sauce and a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
We also had the Kiara’s Crisp Apple Crumble, inspired from apple pie, this dessert had thin and crisp sheets of filo, with apples stewed in caramel sauce sandwiched in between, and then topped with almond shards. The best part about the dish though, was the miso flavored apple ganache served alongside, which we felt was a touch of genius as it provided a nice umami flavor and balanced the sweetness of the dish. This ganache was so good that we’d buy bottles of it.What also deserves a mention here is the professional and courteous service throughout our meal. Overall, being a hardcore non-vegetarian, I thoroughly enjoyed my meal here, and didn’t miss my meat. This place is highly recommended for vegetarians looking for variety, and for non-vegetarians who need to realize that vegetarian can be tasty too.
Overall Rating: 4.25/5
Location: M-30, 1st floor, Greater Kailash 2, New Delhi
Phone No.: +91 85879 04000