There are restaurants that swear by their fusion and experimental cuisine. There are kitchens that boast of its chef’s bold artistry, and then there are places that are fabled for their lush green foliage and pristine atmosphere. The Hiatus is an amalgamation of all three. Tucked in the heart of South Delhi, it is a voguish dining destination in the capital’s elite Clarion Collection-Qutab Hotel.
The first hospitality venture of GB Fine Dine & Hotels Ltd under the leadership of Jalandhar based entrepreneur Saurabh Bhandari, The Hiatus was conceived in December 2013 with a concept of progressive world cuisine and the rare molecular gastronomy to dish out an ultimate luxe and opulent dining experience. The name ‘Hiatus’ connotes pause, an opulently peaceful arena to take a break from the fast life of the city and get rejuvenated and refreshed to hit it back.
It was 4 of us at the brunch/lunch table, the menu was especially curated for the day and included Starters, Salads, Soup, Main Course and Dessert accompanied by cocktails and wine of choice. The spread was indeed extensive and tasty. The best part about the day was our table which was set inside the kitchen and from where we could see all our dishes being made. The Manager was kind and hospitable in his most decent way and left no stone un-turned when it came to showing and explaining us about the restaurant and its specialties.
At The Hiatus, the journey of discovery begins from its entrance that is complemented with a stone path surrounded by a charming green space on one side and a clear pool on the other. The restaurant is a compilation of different shades and moods. The opulence starts from theH-Bar, which is an urban bar housing a fair collection of international spirits and serving an innovative range of cocktails. The intimate seating and warmly-lit interiors with walls adorned by wine and cigar racks provide for an ideal setting to the modern-day globe-trotting gastronomic enthusiast.
This place guarantees you one of the best location, food, ambiance and drinks. My taste buds went for a toss with each dish and a 10/10 on the presentation as well.
To start with food we tried, Exotic vegetable cigars, Tikki fusion, Wok tossed Scallops with Broccoli & Lemon Grass, Asia meets Europe and Dry Crisp Lamb. The cigars in its all form were crispy on outside and perfectly stuffed on inside, Tikki fusion was not very extra ordinary but the presentation will definitely make you try the dish. As for Scallops they were nice and personally tasted really well, Crisp Lamb was my favorite out of all the starters. Perfectly cooked, spiced, flavorful and crisp. A bang on dish!
The Salad and Soup both were made to perfection but since I was looking forward to main course I decided to skip on the soup although tasted the salad and it was beautiful. Rocket Apple Salad being a new thing for me trusted me really well. Now coming on to main course, we had Salmon Teriyaki Glaze, Sous Vide Cooked Bacon Wrapped Chicken, Cottage Cheese. The Salmon was quite dry and didn’t fit in our taste buds whereas bacon wrapped chicken and cottage cheese were liked by everyone.
The desserts were and are always my favorite part of the meal and when I heard about the Red Velvet Cake, Mini Mint Plant Surprise being served in desserts I couldn’t control my taste buds from doing a happy dance and suddenly my already stuffed tummy had space for this. Both of these were outstanding and splendid!!
The kitchen at The Hiatus swears by its world-class techniques of food preparation and in-house ingredients. There is a special garden to cultivate herbs. Meanwhile, the delightful dishes served on the platter are mastered by the chefs through latest science and technology. For instance, the meat and vegetables are cooked using Sous-Vide, a dehydration technique by which the water within food is evaporated at a low temperature to let the food remain raw and retain its original nutrients. A popular technique in the US, Sous-Vide has recently entered the rare Indian kitchens. The main attraction in the kitchen is a long table called, the Chef’s Table. The table seats the chef’s guests for a special customized meal.
The Dine-In-Cellar at The Hiatus is a private dining hideaway that demands prior reservations owing to its tailor-made menu complimented with an impeccable selection from the exhaustive wine list – a duet that propels the senses of gastronomic aficionados, on a culinary journey across the world. The uber chic room comprising hideaway walls stacked with wines surrounding a huge vintage style marble table and chairs rooted at the centre is an ideal spot for privy affairs.
A symphony of great food, ambience and stylish service, The Hiatus poses as a shining star in the city’s lifestyle skyscape.
Address: Qutab Institutional Area, Clarion Collection – Qutab Hotel, Shaheed Jeet Singh Marg, Katwaria Sarai, Qutab Institutional Area, New Delhi
Contact: 08527827878, 08826386969, 011-41787878
Timings: 12 noon- 1 am
Cuisine: World cuisine
Meal for two: Rs 3000 plus taxes
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