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Ignis
Categories: Food

Location: B-Block, Inner Circle, Connaught Place, New Delhi-110001.
Meal for two: Rs. 2500 (including a prawn entrée)

Walk in, up the stairs, past the tastefully decorated terrace (complete with bamboo and wicker dividers) and into an even better dining hall. The candles glow a soft reddish-orange. The dark wood gives it the elegance. The mirrors are there, but not overdone. The soft lighting, even though a strain to the eyes, lilts you and you just want to stay here–eating is just a small function, yours sincerely was so in love with the ambiance, that he wanted to make Ignis his home.
The menu arrives in a wacky yet elegant jacket. The thick, recycled paper seems almost too elegant for any mortal fingers to hold. The only downside till now is the extremely weird way in which the intro to the menu is written–my friend liked it, I hated it. Still, you leaf through the menu, and the variety of cuisines on offer just catches you off guard–Indian, Italian, Continental–it’s all there. And how!
Panner tikka, cajun mushrooms, prawns and a chicken dish were the entrées of choice. To go with that? The house’s special ginger ale for me, and a green apple soda for my friend. The food and drinks promptly arrive, almost as though the staff anticipated what we might order. The thing to note, though, is that all the dishes are served in portions of three–there were three pieces of paneer tikka; nine mushrooms; three pieces of decently big prawns; and three skewers, each containing three pieces, of the chicken dish. Weird? Very. Especially, considering the fact that the average size of families in India is four.
Anyway, about the food. Elegant garnishing aside, there wasn’t much to it. Save for just how awesome it was! The paneer was deliciously soft, melting away in my mouth as soon as I ate it. Oh, and, did I mention that the tikka was layered? Mint chutney between the top two layers, and chaat masala paste between the bottom two. As you’ll find out, I’m going to say this often in this review for other things too, but, after having this tikka, I can’t have any other tikka–nothing will ever quite match up to the taste and texture of this one! The cajun mushrooms were good, though too heavily cheesed for me–so heavily cheesed, that the cheese would burst out from the opposite end as soon as I took a bite. The non veg dishes? Sorry on that count, but I’m not that big a non-veg eater, and so, didn’t think much of them (especially the prawns). But, my friend absolutely swears by the non-veg served! And, he is the pickiest non-veg ever. As for the drinks, the ginger ale was too gingery, and I decided not to repeat the order, preferring a rather delicate peach iced tea instead. The green apple soda was the best thing since manna. Save, the iced tea, that is.
Main course was spaghetti–a finely herbed bolognese for him, and an even better one with basil and cherry tomatoes for me. Both dishes were served in pretty big servings, but were incredibly light. It was, without doubt, the finest spaghetti since…since…eternity, maybe. Nothing compares to its sheer awesomeness, and nothing ever will (though I hope I’m proven wrong on this count).
And finally, the best course of the meal–dessert. Someone call the fire brigade, because the chef sure was on fire! The tiramisu was light and frothy, with a seriously strong coffee taste. The pastry at the bottom was lightly alcohol soaked, adding that zing to it. Not to be left behind was the cheese cake–cheesy, delicious and every inch a masterstroke!
All in all, a fine new diner. The ambiance is good, the service is prompt, and the food is just special. The fact that not too many people know about this place gave it a rather ‘dead’ feel, and that was the only drawback (though, in no way a fault of the restaurant). Recommended for families of 3 (haha…owing to their idiotic portions of three).

My Rating: 4.25 out of 5.

  • What, pray, is an ‘averae size family’?

  • What, pray, is an ‘averae size family’?

  • ohk…got that..so what? never seen a typo, have we? ass.

  • ohk…got that..so what? never seen a typo, have we? ass.

  • Why so serious?

  • Why so serious?

  • oh, btw, update the blogroll on your blog, the MovieBarn is gone, Buddhi Free is here..

  • oh, btw, update the blogroll on your blog, the MovieBarn is gone, Buddhi Free is here..

  • Done. Updated.

  • Done. Updated.

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  • You suck.

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  • Shubhra

    Hi Rachit,

    Very well written review. I like the way you tell us exactly why you liked what you did, and why you didn’t. Most people just leave it at ‘awesome’ and ‘disappointing’.

    Just one thing: do mention the price of each dish as you discuss it. That’s very helpful. By the way, how much did that heavenly tiramisu cost?

  • Shubhra

    Hi Rachit,

    Very well written review. I like the way you tell us exactly why you liked what you did, and why you didn’t. Most people just leave it at ‘awesome’ and ‘disappointing’.

    Just one thing: do mention the price of each dish as you discuss it. That’s very helpful. By the way, how much did that heavenly tiramisu cost?

  • Greystar

    You sure can write about food..Damn!I'm hungry 🙁

  • hey thanks

  • Your blog seems to have 'made' it. I was searching for a review of this place, and guess what page came up among the top results?