Alchemy of flavours

Best known for its molecular gastronomical delights, Farzi Café serves its creations with panache

Now that Aerocity is also ‘Farzified’, we decide to find out what makes this chain a popular dine out option. To begin with, the plating is really admirable. Farzi gets full marks for the presentation and the crockery—both are pure art.

The USP of Farzi, says senior trainer Rajneesh, is ‘modern cuisine’. To decode this jargon, check their site which explains the concept thus: “Infusing a generous dose of Indian flavours, Farzi Café presents Indian cuisine where culinary art meets the alchemy of modern presentations and cooking techniques like molecular gastronomy to absorb the guest into the ultimate gastronomic illusion.”

The illusion is created by the fragrant foams that bubble on the starters and the smoke emanating from cocktails. Yes, the alchemy does show.

While we wait for our drinks, Mishti Doi shots swirling in dry ice mist arrive on our table. Quite a sweet opening, I say to my companion. And then we take a sip of Farzi Apple Foamintini and Chai Pani. We like both as we try each other’s drinks. The apple has a slightly bitter taste and chai pani is a tad on the sweeter side. While we gossip, the chef brings the famous Mini Raj Kachori with crisp okra salad. The illusion here is the imli foam on the kachori. And yes, the foam and the crispy salad do taste good.

Another popular dish is the Rajma Chawal Arancini, which is in the form of a ball accompanied by papad and chutney. The modernised rajma chawal balls are pretty delicious.

I am not fond of black food but the Black Sesame Chicken Tikka does melt in the mouth — and nothing burnt about this charcoal. But my companion prefers the regular tikka. As she does not have a penchant for sea food, I dig into both the pieces of the Tempura Fried Prawns. The Nimbu Mirchi foam certainly goes well with these prawns.

In the main course, Mushroom do Pyaaza is a good option for vegetarians. Home-Made Chicken curry isn’t very impressive for we couldn’t figure out any unique flavours in this one. The Ajwaini Lachcha Paratha tastes good.

Winding up, the desserts are certainly worth every bite. We couldn’t get enough of Ras Malai Tres Leches with mango cream and rose petal net. Lemon Tart is highly recommended too.

Farzi has many outlets, including one in Connaught Place (Block E Inner Circle) and the menu remains the same across the chain, Rajneesh assures us. With a modern décor and live music, Farzi does have everything up its sleeve to ‘farzify’ many travellers.

Price: Rs 2,200 plus taxes for two people (without alcohol)
Where: Ground Floor, World-mark 3, Aerocity, New Delhi

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