|The unassuming exteriors of The Tourist Janpath
|The double decker seating like railway carriages
AMBIENCE – As the name suggests , this place has travel as its theme and that is repeated in the double decker seating arrangements , the passport menus which bear Far East, Far west etc on the top and list the dishes of that region inside .The lobby has the feel of an airport and there are wall clocks showing the different times zones of different world cities and the theme goes on and on …
The seating is comfortable with wooden furniture and very basic looking whitewashed brick walled interiors .
|World clocks !
To be honest , except for the menus , I did not find anything interesting in the theme nor was there any functionality to the double decker seating !
|The passport menus
CUISINE – North Indian, American, Asian ,European
MOCKTAILS – That day being a dry day ,I could not have any cocktails so I am listing the moctails that were served to me .
Mandarin and Basil Splash – Mandarin juice, orange juice, Basil leaves and Tourist spices . The fresh mandarin juice stood out and it was extremely good .
Cool sensation – Watermelon ,Orange ,mint ,lemon masala .A hot summer drink – it was perfectly done.
Rim Jhim – Green apple, Basil leaves,lemon and apple juice : I hear this is the hot selling mocktail and I just loved it .Tangy ,sweet ,salty and very refreshing !
Go Green – Kaffir lime ,cucumber ,rock salt , Lemonade ,In house sweet and sour top up .I was expecting it to be more minty and green in colour but it was nice too .
We had a great range of starters to choose from ,I was especially happy with the choice of the vegetarian starters
Arancini – Hand rolled risotto dumplings, crispy fried with cheese lava . Very crunchy because of the rice and soft ,creamy insides ! The tomatoey sauce was nice too .
Chilled rice paper summer rolls – A vietnamese dish of bean sprouts, Jalapeno and steam peppers with Kikkoman ginger Shoyu .The Kikkoman sauce was very mild , which worked for me ,but I wished the rice paper rolls were slightly thinner .
Kapi Cho Potato– To simplify this was what we Diliiwallahs call – Chilly potato !Schezwan style five spice tossed crispy potatoes sesame ,basil and rice wine flambe .The Flambe definitely added a different dimension in terms of taste and texture .
Corn and Chilly Fritters—A thai dish made of corn kernels batter fried with lime leaves,chili paste and red bean sauce .This was the pièce de résistance , juicy and crisp with a hint of garlic .The sauce had just the right balance .
Pizza – This thin crust pizza was topped abundantly with corn , peppers ,mushrooms and olives .I like the fact that despite being thin crust , it did not get stiff and card board like even aftre 20 mins of being served .
|Juicy Lemon grass Chicken
Wok tossed Udon noodles – We started with stir fried vegetables with Udon noodles .The noodles were done perfectly and it had a very nice mild flavor which I quite liked . I liked plenty of vegetables tossed into my noodles and I was quite happy with both .
|Kosho Mangsho,Tak Tak Paneer and Balochi Dal
Green Thai curry with jasmine rice – Though the vegetables were done well and the rice was fluffy but it lacked the flavors .
FINAL VERDICT – I came out happy to discover an outlet which was serious about serving good food , the mocktails were quite good and I am definitely going to come back to try their cocktails which I missed .They had a large variety of foods to offer from across the world and I think their Asian menu was the best among the lot .
I would rate it a 4.2/5 .