I had heard and read about the beauty of Nepal and all those stories set against the backdrop of the Himalayas somehow felt incomplete without the mention of the country’s gastronomic history. The description of lean meat, chunky vegetables and pickled ingredients always, always, made my belly rumble. The craving/desire to have authentic Nepalese cuisine only doubled, thanks to the stories and experiences of fellow travellers. They say that, where there is a will, there is a way. And my ‘I-Have-Gotta-Try-Nepalese-Cuisine’ persistence landed me at Bhansaghar on a fine Saturday afternoon.
There was a slight nip in the air, winter making an announcement of its arrival in style. The Safdarjung Enclave market was buzzing – people (all decked-up) on their way to make the weekend legendary! And so were we! As we stepped into the restaurant, we were greeted by the lovely host, Ms. Juhi. A quick chit-chat with her and I knew the reason of the lively and lit vibe of the place. The passion and the whole carpe-the-freaking-diem attitude reflects in her words and her work. And every item in the restaurant – from the food to the furniture to the overall set-up is a result of the same. There are 3 other partners in the business and they have indeed done a fabulous job! Oh and their playlist is bang on! The restaurant has a home-like aura and the minimalist decor approach gives you one more reason to heart the place. The hanging lights elevate the glamour and makes every picture Insta-worthy!
We tried Pork Choila, Aloo Tarkari, Masala Papad, Veg Thali, Lemonade and Fruit Beer. The Pork was juicy and nicely done and it had just the right dash of garlic flavour. Aloo Tarkari was accompanied with two dips – the spicy coriander dip and the sesame dip of goodness. I couldn’t keep my hands off of this one! The queen of the dishes was indeed the veg thali – you will be impressed with its presentation and also its quantity! Rice, daal, aloo pickle, aloo gobi sabzi, coriander and sesame dip and papad – a bite of this and I could relate to all those fancy words that travellers had used to describe the Nepalese cuisine. The Chicken Choila and other Chicken based dishes were equally scrumptious.
Where: 111, NCC Gate, Humayunpur, Safdarjung Enclave, Safdarjung, New Delhi.
How to reach: The nearest metro station is Green Park. You can take an auto from there (they charge Rs. 40).
What not to miss: Thali, Pork Choila, Chicken Choila.
Insta-worthy or not: Insta-worthy indeed! The lighting here is perfect to get those lost in thoughts kinda shots.
Cost: Pocket friendly. Average cost for two – Rs. 600.
In the middle of that busy market, I found a place that won my heart! I definitely plan on going here again, because, trust me, once is just not enough!