Monsoon is another offering from the folks behind our favorite Cafe Lota and they have followed the same concept of highlighting regional Indian dishes with their modern twist while using local, artisanal ingredients.We started with Odd Veg Kebabs, which were an assortment of kebabs made using unusual vegetables- bottlegourd, mushroom, beetroot, pumpkin and mung beans. The beetroot one was slightly sweet and had a filling of cheese, while the mushroom kebab had a melt-in-the-mouth texture and was packed with flavor. But what blew us away was how tasty the bottlegourd and pumpkin kebabs were. The bottlegourd seekh was mixed with other vegetables and cottage cheese along with herbs and spices and had a nice, soft texture. The pumpkin one had a nice crispy crust and was soft and gooey inside, and was flavored really well. For all vegetarians who are tired of eating just paneer tikka, this platter is a great option.
Next, we had the Buckwheat Pancake, which was thin and crispy on the outside, and was filled with chopped mushrooms, spring onions and organic zarai cheese. This cheese from Uttarakhand had a mozzarella-like texture and a beautiful peppery flavor which made the pancake taste amazing.
The Lemon and Ginger Chicken was also a nice dish with simple flavors. It consisted of boneless chicken thigh cooked in the tandoor and tossed with lime leaves, ginger and pepper.For main course, we had the Broccoli Makhani which was made with a whole broccoli coated in a creamy malai marinade and topped with cheese. The broccoli was cooked in the tandoor which gave it a nice smoky flavor and soft texture and the cheese on top baked perfectly to form a nice crust. The broccoli was served in a butter chicken style gravy which was thick, creamy and really flavorsome with a nice balance of tanginess and slight sweetness. The dish was served with a flaky, thin pudina parantha with a dollop of fresh white butter.
We also tried the Pumpkin and Spinach Curry which had coal roasted pumpkin cooked with spinach in a coconut milk curry flavored with organic sugarcane vinegar. The gravy was thin and light, and was not overpowered with coconut, and the roasted pumpkin imparted a nice flavor. The dish was served with a maize and methi thepla which was nicely made.From the non-veg menu, we tried the Sesame Chicken that had boneless chicken thigh pieces cooked with whole spices in a sesame sauce which had a tahini-like flavor. The robustness of the whole spices worked well with the nutty flavor of the sesame. This dish was accompanied by a thick khameeri roti to mop up the delicious sauce.
Monsoon also has a selection of delectable stuffed kulchas such as green pea, bundel cheese and chorizo. We tried the kulcha stuffed with goat meat and bone marrow, which had a robust flavor and was spiced really well so as to let the meat shine. The kulcha was served with a thick and creamy mint and garlic raita and some white butter.Along with our meal, we also tried a couple of their drinks. Monsoon has brought forth some nice shrub infused drinks, which have infused vinegar mixed with club soda. Out of their selection, we tried the organic coconut vinegar drink mixed with pineapple, green chilies, curry leaves, tonic 2 elixir and jaggery. The fried curry leaves was a great addition as they provided a different flavor profile to the drink. We also tried their Kiwi Panna which was thick, pulpy and had a lovely mix of spices added to the drink.
We ended the meal with two stellar desserts. The Kheer was made with barnyard millet cooked in reduced milk to get a lovely, creamy texture. The kheer was topped with chopped roasted almonds and delicious, thick salted caramel made with jaggery which just elevated the dish.
We also had the Chocolate Torte which had a creamy mousse made with organic 60% dark chocolate on a crisp, pearl millet base. The torte was served with a raw mango coulis to cut through the richness.Overall, we loved the food and the concept of the place and were very happy with the service as well. The servers had good knowledge of the menu and ingredients and the service was prompt and warm.
Overall Rating: 4.5/5
Location: R4, Lower Ground Floor, Worldmark 1, Aerocity, Delhi
Phone No.: 098110 21428