The Imperial Spice has a vast menu with Indian, Oriental and Continental delicacies, a range of wines from around the globe, and opulent décor to add to the charm.We started our meal here with the non-veg platter which had Spicy Thai Basil Chicken, Chili Chicken, Sarson Mahi Tikka, Kesari Murg Malai Tikka and Imperial Signature Galouti Kebab. The platter was served very nicely with two dips. The chili chicken was fiery and tangy, while the kesari murg tikka was delicately seasoned. The fish tikka had been flavored with mustard and carom seeds, and the galouti, served atop mini ulte tawe ka paranthas had a melt-in-the-mouth texture. But our favorite of the lot was the spicy Thai basil chicken which had balanced flavors coating juicy chicken pieces that were grilled to perfection.We also had some innovative dishes like Quinoa Broccoli ki Shaami, which had a shallow-fried tikki made with broccoli and green peas and crusted with quinoa for crunch. The Wild Mushroom Cigars with Sundried Tomato Pesto had a crispy covering and were filled with finely diced mushrooms and gooey cheese. And the Duck Khurchan Tacos were simply amazing- crunchy, thin tacos flavored with Indian spices, and filled with spiced, roasted duck and lots of cheese. They were quite generous with the duck pieces, and we simply loved the taste of this dish.
Along with these starters, we enjoyed some nice drinks as well- the classic Mint Julep was made well, but the Whisky Chuski, which was a bourbon-based drink with a flavoring of kala khatta not only tasted great, it was presented in a very interesting manner as well. As the name suggests, they had a bowl with the drink, and an ice-lolly or chuski along with it that you could dip in the drink. The non-alcoholic drinks- Italian Smooch and Tropical Fruit Punch were nicely made as well, but the cocktails here are definitely a notch better.For mains, we went with the Chicken and Asparagus Involtini, which had chicken breast stuffed chicken mince, served in a robust, flavorsome red wine and thyme sauce, along with fluffy mashed potatoes and grilled vegetables.
We also tried the Imperial Dal, which was cooked overnight and enhanced with cream and butter for richness, and the Kesari Paneer Roll, which had pieces of paneer with a saffron-flavored stuffing, grilled and then coated in a rick tomato and cashewnut gravy.We ended the meal with two very different desserts- their Signature Lehsun ki Kheer and Sundried Tomato Ice Cream. The kheer had a slight whiff of garlic in its aftertaste and was quite intriguing, while the ice-cream had scoops of vanilla ice-cream topped with honey-dipped sundried tomato pieces, which somehow really worked.Overall, we had a great meal, but the service could have been slightly more prompt.
Overall Rating: 4/5
Location: M Block, 89/90, Outer Circle, Connaught Place, New Delhi
Phone No.: +91 98117 77468